AUTHOR OF MICHAEL JACKSON BIO DEFENDED THE POP STAR
Alaska Public Media had to scramble to fill the 11 pm to midnight slot in its television programming after talk show host Charlie Rose came under a shadow cast by women in his production company who said he sexually harassed them. The allegations were reported on Monday. Rose was fired from PBS shortly thereafter.
The new anchor for that time slot in Alaska’s public television offerings is Tavis Smiley. He’s a well-known public broadcasting talk show host and author of a biography of Michael Jackson, “Before You Judge Me.”
Ironically, he has judged Jackson innocent of the child molestation charges that haunted the pop star in his final years.
In 2003, police raided Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, as part of an investigation into child molestation charged. Jackson was acquitted in that case, but after he died in 2009, a collection of child pornography emerged, and some of it was sourced to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department. The collection included images of children’s faces digitally placed on adult bodies, as well as materials investigators said is typically used to de-sensitize young children and groom them for future abuse.
In an interview with Jenny McCarthy in 2016, Smiley said, “All of us have some effed up parts of who we are. I don’t believe in throwing any human being away, because none of us are human and divine, we’re just human. Thirdly, for his fans, they didn’t trust the DA, Tom Sneddon, who was on a vendetta against Michael. They didn’t trust Sneddon and his investigators then, and these are the same police, seven years later, who we are told this information comes from.”
“My point is this: Whatever you thought about Michael Jackson seven years ago, you still feel the same way. If you think he did it, you’re mind ain’t changed, and if you think he didn’t do it, your mind ain’t changed. So it just appears to me that Michael couldn’t live in peace, he sure didn’t die in peace, and apparently he ain’t gonna be able to rest in peace. It’s going to be this way for time eternal, so was I surprised? Not at all.”
On another show, “Tell Me Everything,” with host John Fugelsang, Smiley said he doesn’t think Jackson abused children.
“I have to believe that he didn’t, and that’s the key phrase. For me, I have to believe that he didn’t.” – Tavis Smiley
For the author and friend of Michael Jackson, “have to believe” may be the key phrase. But the case against Jackson continues even in 2017.
The first accuser of Jackson, Jordan Chandler, settled with the Jackson estate for $20 million and is blocked from speaking publicly about what happened. But both of Chandler’s parents said they had found Jackson in bed with their young son.
Chandler, however, has allegedly left the United States to avoid being embroiled in a case brought by Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck against the Jackson estate.
The Wade Robson v Jackson Estate lawsuit is set for March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles.
In that complaint, Robson, now a celebrity choreographer, claims that “MJJ PRODUCTIONS and MJJ VENTURES were held out to the public to be businesses dedicated to creating and distributing multimedia entertainment by MICHAEL JACKSON, however, in fact, they actually served dual purposes. The thinly-veiled, covert second purpose of these businesses was to operate as a child sexual abuse operation, specifically designed to locate, attract, lure and seduce child sexual abuse victims.”