September 29, 2009

Michael Jackson tapes reveal his soul, former adviser says

Posted: 04:21 AM ET
By Alan Duke
Note: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is scheduled to appear on Larry King Live Tuesday, 9pm

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Michael Jackson feared his father so much he would faint or vomit sometimes when his father entered the room - even when the pop singer was an adult, according to a book written by a former Jackson confidant.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Michael Jackson's confidant, sat down with the King of Pop and taped 30 hours of interviews.

"The Michael Jackson Tapes" includes Jackson talking about his fear of growing old, his relationship with children, his friendships with Madonna and Brooke Shields, and his remarkable shyness around people that made his surround himself with mannequins.

Jackson opened up to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for 30 hours of interviews, which were taped nine years ago and intended for a book Jackson wanted written, Boteach said.

"He was trying to reclaim his life," Boteach said Friday in an NBC "Today Show" interview.

Jackson, who died on June 25 of what the coroner found to be a deadly combination of drugs, "lost the will to live, I think he was just going through the motions of life toward the end," Boteach told NBC.

CNN has not independently confirmed Jackson's quotes in the book, but Boteach was known to be a spiritual adviser to Jackson for several years beginning about 1999.

Ken Sunshine, spokesman for the family, including the singer's father, Joe, issued a statement on the book. "We are not going to dignify this with a comment," he said.

The book was not published during Jackson's lifetime because of the pop star's child molestation trial, which ended with an acquittal in 2005, the author said. The author said Jackson's arrest ended any interest in a book about him.

"I don't want to grow old," Jackson is quoted as saying in one interview with Boteach.

"When the body breaks down and you start to wrinkle, I think it's so bad," Jackson said.

Jackson talked to Boteach about why he was drawn to children, especially those who were sick.

"I love them. I love them," he said.

Helping children enjoy their childhood is his mission, Jackson said.

"I feel that this is something really, really in my heart that I am supposed to do, and I feel so loved by giving my love, and I know that's what they need," he said.

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Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 4:37 am ET

What kind of friend, let alone a "spiritual advisor" would tape a private conversation with a close friend, then after that friend's tragic death, release those taped conversations to the media? What kind of friend is this? With friends like this, Michael Jackson certainly did not need any enemies. The Rabbi Boteach is another person who claims to know Michael Jackson and is now trading on that previous "friendship" for profit and 15 minutes of dubious fame. Add Rabbi Boteach to the growing list of people who used Michael Jackson.


Susan62509   September 29th, 2009 4:39 am ET

"The book was not published during Jackson’s lifetime because of the pop star’s child molestation trial, which ended with an acquittal in 2005, the author said. The author said Jackson’s arrest ended any interest in a book about him."

What did you say Rabbi????? The author said Jackson's arrest ended any interest in a book about him???????? Rabbi you just admitted that MJ didn't want a book. That is not the story you are telling the media that are interviewing you. You are nothing but a moranic charlatan. I hope you get banished by your religion and spat upon.

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 4:43 am ET

why do people do somethings like this over and over again
has michael not enough dirt over his body already they must shame themselfs

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 4:46 am ET

Shmuckley is an opportunistic piece of crap as far as I'm concerned!

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 4:47 am ET

all his life he has to put up whit this trash even now when he is dead
shame one you smuly dd and all the rest

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 4:48 am ET

hi samantha how are you did you get tickets?

lostemperor   September 29th, 2009 5:04 am ET

Boteach is no friend of Michael Jackson. In fact MJ consider him an enemy of him and said: 'these people are after me and they want to destroy my life" in according to Dieter Wiesner.

lex   September 29th, 2009 5:40 am ET

he is not mj's friend he's releasing these tapes b/c he wants 2 get his 15 minutes of fame....i'm sick of these ppl putting mj's buisness out in the public

Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 5:56 am ET

Rabbli Boteach says that Michael preferred to be with mannequins than people. No wonder, who could he trust ? Boteach says, "That made his skin crawl."
Well you make my skin crawl, Boteach ! Pity Michael had to put up with so many celebrity confidence tricksters. Boteach's been hatching out his nest egg for nine years.

Don't spread any more antipathy between Michael & Madonna Boteach. Madonna's speech at the VMA's puts you to shame.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:16 am ET

Shmuley should not be allowed to call himself Rabbi, it lays disrepute on men of God.
Does a Rabbi reveal confidential conversations with his flock?
Does a Rabbi make morality judgments about one of his confidants?
Does a Rabbi when speaking to the family members not advise that their loved one needs professional help to get past these difficulties?
Does a Rabbi walk away from someone who (according to Shmuley) had lost the will to live?

He has conversations from 9 years ago. We can all see the difference in Michael from 9 years ago. In that time, Michael raised his children – they were his lifesavers. Shmuley KNOWS NOTHING of the Michael of 2009.

Vote with your wallets – boycott the book!

Brigida, Italy   September 29th, 2009 6:21 am ET

third new blog since yesterday? Thanks a lot 🙂

Ok, here is too much to read first and I have only 10 minutes left so I sign up here to get it all in my email and save it all. Please write only positives on Michael as usual ^____^

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:27 am ET

Hey everyone – Lucy Vodden, the woman who inspired the Beatles classic ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,’ died last Tuesday at the AGE OF 46. Vodden, a childhood friend of Julian Lennon, passed away after losing a fight with the autoimmune disease LUPUS, according to an announcement made Monday by the St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust Charity.

Michael had to deal with a serious disease and the media judged him without facts, just like Shmuley.

I will no longer call this man Rabbi – he does not deserve the title.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:32 am ET

The thing about Larry is he is a media man the way they used to be – objective, non-judgmental. This used to be the primary rule for journalists. So he has these people on. Journalists today are all propaganda mongers who can't or won't even get their facts straight.

If the media had dealt objectively with Michael, Shmuley would not even have a book because Michael would not have had to suffer so much at the hands of the press

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:39 am ET

Victoria J -Paper Doll blog -Sep.29th 3:44 am ET

You are absolutely right – it is worth repeating (I removed the word Rabbi – he does not deserve the title):

Perhaps Larry will suggest that it is people like Boteach that drove Michael’s to escape with the pain killers, to isolate himself…it is difficult to change (see the Boteach's comment about Michael lacking the will to change for his own good).

...Boteach is so full of himself…lots of words…he does like to hear himself talk…I suggest he read the book of Proverbs (which the Jewish faith believes in) and see what God says about friendship:

“A friend loves at all times” (where were you when Michael needed your support?)

“…there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (where is your loyalty?)

“Do not forsake your friend.”

Please Boteach do not call your relationship with Michael…friend.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:42 am ET

Sorry Victoria, I'm stealing your quotes – but I just think they are so good – I have to give Proverbs another read – I usually get stuck in the Psalms:

” a fool finds no pleasure in understanding , but delights in airing his own opinions.”

Rabbi or fool?

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:46 am ET

Everyone – Larry's main page asks if these tapes should be made public – your chance to vote:

cnn dot com/CNN/Programs/

under quick vote

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:51 am ET

Also, near the top left of Larry's page – click email your questions – maybe Larry will ask Boteach to answer some of them!

MariaA   September 29th, 2009 6:54 am ET

How convenient!! More trash is coming out just in time to overshadow Michael’s movie.

This goes right in line with the “conspiracy theory” that Jermaine talked about.

Deep down these so called “Friends” do not want to see Michael’s success, even after death. That is why they were with him, so they could feel joy while he was feeling pain.

But for all of you haters, the fans will always love and remember Michael in a special way!

Michael, you are greatly missed!!

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:10 am ET

The Rabbi is promoting his new book.. what else we could expect.. He wants money!!!!!
Money is the only matters to these Opportunist.. He wanted to play and fool people that Michael was not innocent during his first child molestation case.. He wanted to reveal MJ’s dark secrets..very uncommon to some Rabbi..
Schmuley has degrading his own religion, revealing a confession is one way of dehumenizing a soul.
He should be better than that!!!! if Schmuley acts to be rightheous Rabbi..
Even this is positive or negative, He should not reveal the tape..
The Rabbi needs fame and money to tarnish his lavish lifestyle.. He is a celebrity not a spiritual Rabbi..
The world is sickening.. because there’s lot people selling someone’s story…


mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:13 am ET

My Response to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
by Richard Dawkins
Huffington Post

Dear Shmuley,

I did not say you think like Hitler, or hold the same opinions as Hitler, or do terrible things to people like Hitler. Obviously and most emphatically you don't. I said you shriek like Hitler. That is the only point of resemblance, and it is true. You shriek and yell and rant like Hitler. Not all the time, of course. You also tell very good jokes, and tell them brilliantly. You deservedly get lots of laughs, as a good comedian should. But throughout your speeches you periodically rise to climaxes of shrieking rant, and that is just like Hitler. Incidentally, Dinesh D'Souza yells and shrieks in just the same way. I suppose it impresses some people, although it is hard to believe.

Anybody who has something sensible or worthwhile to say should be able to say it calmly and soberly, relying on the words themselves to convey his meaning, without resorting to yelling. Hitler had nothing but nonsense to say. He spoke nonsense about race, nonsense about history, nonsense about Jews. If one speaks nonsense in a calm and sober voice nobody listens, so Hitler yelled his nonsense at the top of his voice and, unfortunately, people listened - stupid, ignorant people. You have sensible things to say about sex and love, and you have no need to yell when you are talking sense. Unfortunately, when you turn to the subject of evolution, you don't know what you are talking about, so you yell and shriek to make up for it. Maybe yelling and shrieking works with an ignorant audience. It apparently worked for Hitler, but that is not a happy precedent. You should know better. Go and read some books about evolution, learn something about biology, and you'll then find that you can talk about it in a calm and civilised voice. You'll find that you won't need to yell and shriek like a madman, and you'll be all the more persuasive for it.

Just a piece of friendly advice

All good wishes

Raychil   September 29th, 2009 7:30 am ET

I will not watch the show tonight. These tapes are 8 years old and do not reflect who Michael was or what he was thinking in 2009. Death wish? PLEASE! In 2003, he said he wanted to live forever. But does the rabbi mention that, no.

Larry, will you ask him about the money he took from a charity and how Michael cut ties with him because of that? This is no man of the cloth. He is picking a dead man's bones for profit! Jerk!

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:33 am ET

Raychill- hi 🙂 i agree with you..

Larry, will you ask him about the money he took from a charity and how Michael cut ties with him because of that? This is no man of the cloth. He is picking a dead man’s bones for profit! Jerk!

very good question..

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 7:38 am ET

Raychil – go to Larry's main page and vote under:
Should Michael Jackson's taped conversations be made public?

Also on the same page – email your questions to Larry to ask Schmuley. it is near the top left of the page under the title
Rabbi Schmuley Boteach

I already emailed my questions. Remember everyone – buy the positive and boycott the negative – enact change – vote with your wallets!

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 7:38 am ET




MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 7:39 am ET

sorry, here is Larry's main page again:

cnn dot com/CNN/Programs/

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 7:41 am ET

MMJ – you may have some good questions to throw at Schmuley – sent them to Larry to ask tonight. You may be able to formulate some pointed ones about what an addict needs (doubt anyone in Michael's position needed more gossip and backstabbing)

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:43 am ET

Mary RM – good morning 🙂 thanks for this link i vote...



MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 7:47 am ET

Schmuley casts shame and doubt on men of God. Rabbinical councils should be loud about the criticism of what he is doing

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:50 am ET

September 25th, 2009 10:19 am ET

Tzvee’s Talmudic
Shmuley Boteach Exploits the Death of Michael Jackson to Make Some Money on a Book

When measurement instruments are calibrated to seek out the lowest depths of all, they will be able to measure the crass materialist action of this rabbi.

The Jewish Week lobs some soft pitches at this story and once again, Gary Rosenblatt clueless, misses the point of the story. As he says,

The rabbi planned to publish the book, at Jackson’s request, but then shelved the idea after Jackson was arrested in 2003 on charges of child molestation.

After Jackson died suddenly in June, Rabbi Boteach decided to go ahead with the book, titled “Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation,” to be published by Vanguard next week.

Yikes. How much do you stand to make on the book, Shmuley? would be a good question to raise.

How did a bad idea in 2003 become a good idea in 2009? Indeed, no such inquiry from the pseudo journal, The Jewish Week.

Has this rabbi no shame? Clearly not. He is a celebrity.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:51 am ET

tzvee teaneck, nj, United States
tzvee’s a professor, a rabbi, a writer, a swimmer and a golfer. he’s taught at brown university, the university of california at berkeley, the university of minnesota, the college of william and mary, and fdu. most recently he’s a consultant.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 7:52 am ET

Morning everyone,

Here we go again old news! NEXT

Michael don't worry your fans will clear your name and we will fight to the end.

RIP WE miss you.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 8:06 am ET

gonna go – I'll catch up on the blogs tonight

Sheryl   September 29th, 2009 8:13 am ET

I watch you nearly every night, Larry, and I never miss a Michael Jackson piece you air. However, tonight I WON'T be watching because this is trash.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 8:17 am ET

Hi All,

Here we go again. Another leach jumping on the Michael Jackson bandwagon! I'm tired of seeing this guy already! A few of you made good points yesterday, Michael probably didn't even know he was being taped! Then this creep makes up excuses why he didn't confront Michael or try to help him....he didn't do it because he wasn't really his friend. I'm sure he like the rest of the leaches got paid very well by Michael over the years! They were all around Michael for his money! They put on this fake friendship, gained his trust, took advantage of his generosity and then turned their backs on him when he needed them most. I won't beleive Michael agreed to these recordings untill I hear Michael himself say it. You would think this rabbi would make that part of the tape available to the public so there is no doubt. This guy just wants us to believe Michael wanted to be recorded and then the wanted the recordings to be published to the public. Right now I'm furiated! These vultures just keep coming out of the woodwork!

Anne   September 29th, 2009 8:35 am ET

Oh my God! I cannot believe that evil judgmental man is going to be on Larry King tonight trying to further destroy Michael Jackson's reputation! He really makes me sick. How dare he write this book when MJ is not alive to defend himself from being judged? He comes off like he is all sympathetic and then bam! starts tearing MJ into pieces.

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 8:38 am ET

This man Boteach really makes me so sick down to my stomach........what kind of a friend is this man really??!!! I don't even think I will have those guts to watch LKL on this issue. The fact that I know what this man is going to say infront of all those millions of people watching him , in a way invading in that dead man's privacy and disobeying his decency by making all this so public really leaves no place for him alone to be respected. I believe MJ talked to this man privately and probably alive, would never have wanted him to divulge some of the information to outsiders like he is doing.

Amongst all the so-called friends of MJ who have since come forward to this forum and others to pledge their friendship to the dead superstar.........this one is the most saddening one of them all; moreso done by someone who is supposed to be preaching the name of God. I have to say I am just so disappointed and frustrated by all this. How did this man Boteach really come to occupy this position of a rabbi being so capable of all this !!!??? 🙁 🙁

Anne   September 29th, 2009 8:47 am ET

Boteach is such an opportunistic liar! He didn't publish the book because there was not a market for it, and now he thinks there is. It is all about making money off the emotional suffering of a now deceased human being whom Boteach knew was depressed and never got him the help he needed.

It is not a morality tale, it is a tale of a Rabbi who ordained himself God when he should have made sure MJ got help for being so depressed. Depression is a disease with a high mortality rate.

Apparently Boteach decided MJ was not worthy of being treated for depression so he abandoned him when it looked like the book was not going to be profitable. He is the scum of the earth for writing this book and pretending like it is a lesson on how not to raise a child. He just wants to tear Michael up and make money.

I would like Larry to ask Boteach why he is cashing in on MJ's death, why he didn't get him help for depression, and why he is seeking a piece of MJ's fame for himself while criticizing MJ for wanting to be famous. And whatever happened to that missing charitable contribution?

All of the money from this book including the advance should go to Michael's kids.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 8:55 am ET

Ann & Cocovelvet

I agree its all about the $$$$.

Rabbi Schmuckey redeem yourself like Anne said give the money to Michael's kids! (if he makes any, who's gonna but it}

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 8:56 am ET


It is fine to copy my "thoughts" on Michael.

I woke this morning thinking that during the trial where was the Rabbi? Did you witness the anxiety – the severity of it? Did you get on your knees with Michael and pray? Did you stay with him for days on end (7 straight days) like the friends of Job when he had everything taken from him? What sacrifice did you make for Michael? Michael sacrificed his soul to you and I think it might have been in an effort to find answers and if he needed to change, I think Michael's belief in God/Higher power...he would have called on that if you had been a true shepherd...friend. I am sickened to almost vomit that you knew the book would not sell in 2005, but now that Michael is dead and there is interest in him, you are going to capitalize on your "friendship" with Michael. Yes, capitalize...make money. And the fans know what Michael said about the Money.

Further, you say you want people to know Michael...well, then stop spouting off your opinion...we can listen for ourselves and form our own opinions, thank you very much.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 8:58 am ET

Good Morning Patty 🙂 🙂 i absolutely agree with you.. well said

Tink   September 29th, 2009 9:00 am ET

Good Morning All and my bbff's. Diane Minneapolis you made some very good points on the other blog re the MJ Hitler hope you will consider sending this to Larry. Well I know all of you don't want to watch this however I think here is our chance to voice our questions/concerns to Larry in support of MJ to what questions and/or comments you want him to address to this A**HOLE. Bad behaviour condones further bad I would say it is up to ALL OF US to correct said bad behavior. We can HELP LARRY with that in posing the right questions for him to ask the A**HOLE. Another point like so many made but in a different way I will be posing is that if MJ had really ever wanted these tapes published he himself would have done it (don't you think?) why would MJ need him to do it. Well quite obvious as you all mentioned is after he passes here comes the tapes. WHAT A CROCK OF BS. Also there was some comment about MJ going on stage as one person and coming off as another which A**HOLE thought showed some narcissim (spelling sorry) but that was not it at all but in fact what MJ meant by those comments was he was always most comfortable and happy on stage but when he came off he was sad – how I know this for a fact is MJ HIMSELF SAID SO in another interview somewhere.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:06 am ET

one question for Rabbi,

What kind of friend profits off another who needed your help so desperately and you Rabbi turned your back.

Answer that one.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:07 am ET

Morning Tink bbff

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 9:09 am ET

....anyway, who can really believe these allegations that the book was supposed to be released in 2003 at the request of MJ !!??? I find that absolutely hard to believe since such allegations made towards someone who is no more there to agree or disagree with them make no sense at all and carries no base whatsoever. I still can't believe people continue making all these different allegations which were never alone made whilst MJ was alive.....just can't BELIEVE this !!!

The issue of shelving the book since then due to the child molestation charges looks a perfect excuse to use to support Boteach's plans of releasing his book and winning his little 15 minutes of fame.....

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:13 am ET


You need to discuss and bring on people who have all the good things Michael did when he was alive.

Are your ratings that low that you bring on trash?

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 9:13 am ET

Ok, this gets interesting...I just watched Boteach on Today and, it appears that he is tweaking his view on Michael especially in light of the child molestation charges. This morning he says Michael could not have done anything like that, but I did not get that from the Dateline interview. So, here we go...positive spin then maybe he can hook Michael's fans to purchase the book? I don't know...he is still offering his opinions where Michael did not give conclusive answers such as Michael's comments on his appearance...the spin from Boteach this morning is that he was like all of us...not happy with how we look. This is laughable! Really, I had no idea that most people are not happy with how they look! Goodness, why do you think there is a multi-billion dollar industry for makeup products, weight loss products and even plastic surgery is being sought by very young people? Even Michael told us this (I think in the Bashir and Oprah interveiws). I don't really see any new insights into Michael, just Boteach talking about what he surmises.

als   September 29th, 2009 9:14 am ET

I think the Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is scum. What kind of advisor would do this to a friend. The man is after money and thats the bottom line. He is not trust worthy. .The man was taping Michael when he was speaking his truth to someone he thought he could trust.. The Rabbi had no intentions of helping him . He was thinking of the fortune he could make at Michaels expense

Tink   September 29th, 2009 9:15 am ET

Morning Judie: Yes excellent question. MaryRM our bbff left the link above to leave the question for Larry because he won't see it from the blog. If we all pose our questions to him early hopefully he will then be well prepared with what we have to say and in a good position by show time to address some of them. Like our other bbff Diane Minneapolis said LOVE IT DI...YOU CAN"T FOOL THE FANS.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 9:16 am ET

Usually when a person is being recorded they are asked to acknowledge the fact that they know they are being recorded. I want to hear on the tape that Michael acknowledges that the recorder is on. And it is bad timing, that the book comes out now. I wouldn't buy the book to see what Michael was thinking , I would want to hear the tapes , hear it from his own mouth. I don't need or want someone to narrate or add their analysis of what they think Michael meant to say.

Marin-indonesia   September 29th, 2009 9:20 am ET

Hi everyone.. And also hi mariau,patty,maryRM,samantha,jacqueline.. 🙂

Okay, to sum it up, this is my opinion about rabbi boteach: he gave a simple conclusion to a very complex situation. He said that michael was wasting his life without mentioned the hard life michael had been through.. With all the judgement,the negativity..and been stigmatized too, this one person had to fight all af this tremendous tragedy by himself, michael was not wasting his life! I'm sad because friends should know better, and it's so unapropriate to release such private conversation to the public. God have mercy.. But I hate what he's doing.

Anne   September 29th, 2009 9:20 am ET

Since he wrote the book in 3 months, it would have been ready for publishing in 2001 or early 2002 at the latest. So the idea that the 2003 arrest preventing him from publishing the book is not true.

The 2003 arrest would NEVER have happened if it were not for the Bashir interview. If this book had been published when it was supposed to be published, MJ would not have done the Bashir interview as his story would already have been told. And he would never have been arrested and would still be alive.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 9:22 am ET

Jackson opened up to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for 30 hours of interviews, which were taped nine years ago and intended for a book Jackson wanted written, Boteach said.

“He was trying to reclaim his life,” Boteach said Friday in an NBC “Today Show” interview.

"according to a book written by a former Jackson confidant."


Why now ? He is gone ! He can not reclaim his life now. Is it all about the money? And Boteach was Michael's CONFIDANT !! I don't understand if he was a true friend why he is doing this now ?

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 9:25 am ET

@Maria G

Its like Shmuley waited for Michael to die so he could publish his book!

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:25 am ET

Why don't they find the the little boy that Michael paid for his operation for a liver transplant so he could live....

Now that would be news.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 9:25 am ET

cocovelvet – very good point 🙂

Tink   September 29th, 2009 9:27 am ET

@ Victoria – Ok, this gets interesting…I just watched Boteach on Today and, it appears that he is tweaking his view on Michael especially in light of the child molestation charges. This morning he says Michael could not have done anything like that, but I did not get that from the Dateline interview.
Hi Victoria you are absolutely is what was said on Dateline.

Three years later, that boy would accuse Michael Jackson of molesting him during that sleepover visit to Neverland. And though Jackson was ultimately vindicated after a 14-week trial, the charges would forever tarnish Jackson's name.
Meredith Vieira: You went to Neverland. You were there when that boy was there.
Rabbi Shmuley: Correct.
Meredith Vieira: Did you ever see anything untoward? Did you get the feeling there's something odd here?
Rabbi Shmuley: No, I never saw anything.
And, Shmuley says, the singer had repeatedly - and emphatically - denied similar allegations lodged against him in 1993, when another 13-year-old boy who had traveled around the world with Jackson filed a civil suit against him.
Meredith Vieira: All of the attraction that he had to children, and the attention that he paid to children, you believe all of it was innocent?
Rabbi Shmuley: I don't know. What was certainly true is that he wasn't a monster. He may have done something that was unforgiveable even, but that didn't make him a monster.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 9:28 am ET

Susan 62509,

You are on point! This so called rabbi did say that Michael lost interest in the book after the arrest. See thats what happens when you lie! He didn't even realize what he said. I wonder if the book could be pulled off the shelf if it were revealed that he published and recorded this against Michael's will?

I just emailed Larry King with a few questions. I'm going to watch tonight because Larry is going to question his faith, his confidentiality to Michael and his religion, I want to see his answers.

This guy is a fast talker. Fast talkers are usually people that try and pull the wool over your eyes. They talk, talk, talk in order to confuse you. This fast talk is suppose to convince people that they are telling the truth because their words come out so effortless. A fast talker is someone who manipulates. They will use whatever is available (Michael on tape) to their benefit. They also usually end up putting their foot in their mouths, like this guy did by saying Michael lost interest in a book after the arrest. Which leads to the question, Why did you publish the book? I hope Larry King presents that question tonight! Boy would that catch the rabbi off guard!

Idzam Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   September 29th, 2009 9:30 am ET

Hi everyone
I agree with you guys.What kind of a Rabbi will divulge confidences from someone who regards you as his spiritual leader.
Rabbi he's not but a mercenary.
Let's bet there will be many more people opening cans of worms on Michael.
Who is to vouch it's the truth.
The dead tells no lies.
Let us all unite to stop this dishonoring of Michael's memory.
If I am Michael's family, I will sue them for what they are worth.

Tink   September 29th, 2009 9:31 am ET

@Victoria: Also meant to say TOO LATE FOR SHMULEY he gave the WRONG ANSWER the first time on Dateline his true colors just came shining through for me on that one.

Anne   September 29th, 2009 9:32 am ET

If I were Michael's family, I would ask Larry to be on the show and defend my brother and ask all these questions we are raising.

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 9:32 am ET


Yeah that kid's name is Bela Farkus,he's from Hungary I think.

Joy   September 29th, 2009 9:32 am ET

I'm so sick of these people.... "He said this, he wanted that". Will someone explain to this rabbi that taped conversations (edited?) from nine years ago may not reflect how Michael felt at the time of his death. STOP saying that Michael wanted these conversations put into a book. He is not here to defend himself. No wonder he had trouble trusting people. If you can't trust your spiritual adviser etc. who can you trust!! Rabbi, You were NOT a friend of Michael's at the time of his death. I thought a rabbi was someone like a priest...someone who listens, gives advice and keeps what is said in conversations private. I did not think a rabbi would even be among those trying to cash in on Michael's death. Shameful. I will NOT buy this book!! NO, I will not even go to the bookstore and scan through the pages. IGNORE these kind of people so they go away and will stop profiting.

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 9:33 am ET

Hi Mariau, Samantha and everybody else here,

I am so frustrated that I even forgot to greet.......


Did you get my post last time ?? I saw you left just after asking me where I come from.....I'm actually your neighbour. I come from Gabs but in the moment I'm staying in Germany.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 9:33 am ET

Did anyone else notice in these recordings Michael kept making statements like, "It's true Schumley, it true", thats not the type of thing you say during an interview! That's the type of thing you would say during casual conversation. This guy is a fraud! Michael had no idea he was being taped!

mariau   September 29th, 2009 9:33 am ET

Boteach book only first page is postive.. but the rest all negative.. we should boycott this book

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 9:34 am ET

Anne, I like your point at 9:20 and I agree. I had wondered about that myself b/c in a very early interview with Boteach after Michael's death, he said he had advised Michael not to do the interview with Bashir, that he didn't need to answer to anyone/public. Did Boteach give the same advice about a book...that Michael did not need to answer to anyone and maybe that is why the book was shelved?

Still have Michael's song MONEY playing over and over in my head on this will sell you soul to the devil...for Money.

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 9:34 am ET


Thanks for the link!

Did you hear anything 'new'?

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:36 am ET

Samantha – South Africa,

How are you? Thanks for posting his name.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 9:37 am ET

Everybody flood Larry King questions for tonight..... But keep it positive... this is the only way to make them stop.

Like Michael said... the Media will do anything say anything to turn was away from Michael.

In my e-mail question to Larry... Michael is a Gentleman.. Michael wanted a Lady, sorry if Madonna wasn't... That's what the World is Missing More Gentleman like Michael was /is

mariau   September 29th, 2009 9:37 am ET

hi Pat Davis, i guess Patty and cocovelvet were right, Michael didn't know that he was recording by his Rabbi monster. That was act of betrayal..

hannyH   September 29th, 2009 9:37 am ET

first these tapes are from 8 yrs ago, michael was very isolated back then, but after the trials michaels life changed, his kids were grown he could share more things with them he was happyhhe, he even said that his father had changed, maybe it was hard from him to accept that 8 years ago but what about after that, after the trials his family was his BIG support his was there with him supporting him, its hard to accept a father who treated u the way joseph did but at the end of the day he was his father and michael loved him, (joe did wrong, but was forgiven by the one who needed to forgive), about friends he was spending time with them he talked with lionel richie (today paris and lionel's youngest daugther are beste friends according to him), he hanged out with chris audigier, he spended time wth akon, and in his lasts days he was doing what he loved, not singing, not dancing, but creating. He had a problem with medication, he was adicted maybe, i dont know but it didnt kill him before(not sayin that it wouldnt had kill him,because thats wrong) (he had his ghosts, he passed trought a lot, no one really know what it was for michael to live the way he had to, i cant i really CANT judge him),
The more i c the more i believe in the conspiracy (and i didnt), theres too much to say, MICHAEL DESERVE PEACE. im sad beacuse he is gone, but im happy beacuse he is in a waaaay better place.. we humans must change spread the word michael used LOVE

Amy   September 29th, 2009 9:39 am ET

I'm against allowing people like Boteach to appear on nationwide TV to spew their negatives. I find that normally there isn't enough time for the interviewer to get to the truth. The result is that viewers are left with the negative impression which the interviewee wants to make.

It's about time the media gets people with positive views on Michael such as his philantrophy, concerns about the environment, war, poverty, children on their shows.

So far, I don't see the media giving a balanced view. Shame on them.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 9:42 am ET

samantha – no still recycle.. i dont know why the Jackson family never react on this boteach book.. i dont understand.. i wrote to Larry and i asked the same question of Tzvee’s Talmudic.

please samantha write your question to Larry it your chance to voice out this book.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 9:42 am ET


So far, I don’t see the media giving a balanced view. Shame on them.


I agree!

AngelicaM-Aust   September 29th, 2009 9:44 am ET

When is this Vendetta against Micheal Jackson going TO END..

ENOUGH OF THE BS........ How many more traiters could there be left..

Mara   September 29th, 2009 9:56 am ET

You're a cold hearted snake. How do you sleep at night let alone call yourself a Rabbii?

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 9:57 am ET

Don't let them get to us with this book... That's what they want... This gives them more reason to react to the book.... if they know it isn't working ... and we put it out there that Michael Has Feeling... and a Normal conversations like any other normal persons would..... Then the Media don't have a story........Rabbi no praise to you.... Michael Family / Children should get all the Money from this Book...

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:00 am ET

Hi Judie!

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:03 am ET

Shmuley has the nerve to address Michael's problems in public without consent and make money off it,I think somebody should dig up some dirt on this good for nothing idiot and have it published!!!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:10 am ET

I think they need to get rid of that word Tragic…… from Michael and put that Tragic to the Media…. The Tragic life of the Media… They couldn’t stand that Michael was more Successful and people listen , watched. follow Michael… an Icon.. you Media couldn’t stand it and that your only way to get a audience is to start rumors about Michael… You are failures……… and you can NEVER turn us against Michael….
Media your life is Tragic….
Feeding of the success of others…

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:11 am ET

Samantha – South Africa.... I'm for it....

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 10:11 am ET

Hi Mariau,

I'm so upset right now! Sunday I was on cloud nine because I got my tickets for This Is It! Yesterday's blog was a lot of fun, everyone was happy and our blogs were positive and informative....then today THIS! What a was to start the day!

I too wish someone in the Jackson family would retaliate and step up to all of these fradulant individuals!

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:12 am ET

@mary U

Its clear that they were all jealous of Michael's success and couldn't accept it so they resorted to spewing out sensationalist lies!

Amy   September 29th, 2009 10:17 am ET

Yeah. I really hate the title of that scum's book. So negative.

Maria   September 29th, 2009 10:17 am ET

….anyway, who can really believe these allegations that the book was supposed to be released in 2003 at the request of MJ !!???
Maybe it was all true at that time. But if after the trial Michael "lose interest", as Boteach says, then this loss of interest is what we should consider now. Because MJ has had almost 4 years to change his mind about the book and to call again Boteach to have the book published. This didn't happen.

denise   September 29th, 2009 10:20 am ET

Hey y'a Judie and Tink 🙂

Good day Samantha, maryU, cocovelvet, pat, Maria and everyone here,
Add another book to your boycott list.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 10:21 am ET


Thank You! When are we going to hear about Michael's countless contributions to this world? This man has given more than any celebrity ever will, yet they ask, "what happened to Michael Jackson's money?" He's in the Guinesse Book of World Records, he's gone to hosipitals visiting the terminally ill, he's met with Presidents, Ambassadors, Diplomats. He created Neverland and opened his home to less fortunate children and their families! He was an enviormentalist. Yet all we hear is the negative. Why can't someone write a book about ALL that!

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:22 am ET


I tried to dig up some info and yes,Michael did agree to a book but it was going to be based on his 'childhood' but I could find no public record of him ever acknowledging the book that Shmuley has just released!!!

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 10:23 am ET


@7"40 a.m. comment to MourningMJ

Hi Mary and all other MJ fans: I am very interested in interrogating the "good Rabbi". He raised more questions about the quality of their "friendship" than he did supply us with answers.
1.) Rabbi- did you ever encourage Michael to seek counseling for his physical and emotional abuse issues after he clearly poured his heart out and shared with you that he was beaten- after he had to strip naked? I just heard you confirm his answers with "uh huh, uh huh"
2.) Rabbi, how did you comfort Michael when he shared with you that he was scared to grow old, that he was afraid of aging? Oh wait, I remember, 'Uh huh Uh huh"
3.) Rabbi, wasn't it your religious and ecclesiastical responsibility to confront Michael about his unceasing self abuse and self harm? Wasn't it clear to you that his behavior spoke volumes- much more than his voice ever did? If you are a great man of education, why wasn't it clear to you that his behavior had clearly changed over the years that you knew him? " Uh huh Uh huh"
4.) Rabbi, where were you to relieve Michael's anguish during the 2004 trial? When he was leaning on his brother Jackie's arm walking into the court room because he was too weak to hold himself up? How come he couldn't lean on your arm too? Oh yes, that's right... You were excercising your arms to get ready to stab Michael in the back..
P.S. Rabbi- Just because you dumped your guilt and liability on the world to see, does not let you off the hook for being found guilty in a moral court.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 10:24 am ET

**JUDIE, TINK, LORI, PATTY A., DENISE** And of course EVERYONE else...

Good morning to all of you! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Judie: *(#$&()*&#$@(*&(*
How was the rest of the rerun episode? I'm not sure if I can watch that program again.

IHMJ xoxo

denise   September 29th, 2009 10:29 am ET

morning MMJ wwyln? aygtbtn? Are you going to call in to LKL tonight?

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:29 am ET


The Rabbi NEVER made an attempt to address Michael's dependency issues nor his emotional issues but oh he just loves the idea of cashing in on the dead!I have no regard left for this hypocrite,in fact he can jump off a cliff for all I care!

Also,it was Uri Geller who introduced Michael to Martin Bashir and Shmuley so what does that tell you????

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:34 am ET

What was so tragic in Michael’s life???? I see Nothing…. Only what the Media is trying to make Tragic… wanting us to see his life as Tragic…. The one who put tragic in Michael’s Life is MARTIN BASHSIR, …. GAVIN ARVIZO FAMILY….. and the EVAN CHANDLER FAMILY,…. LAPD,….. and TOM SNEDDON….MEDIA,….. TABLOIDS… You are the ONLY THORN in Michael Side,,,,Take away you guys and Michael live was Fine…..

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 10:37 am ET

Heres something else that doesn't add up:

These recordings were done over the period of eight months from Aug. 2000-April 2001. The accusations towards Michael didn't begin until 2003. Scummy had two years to publish this book. That's more than enough time!

Another thing, he met this guy in 1999. If Michael wanted a book published by a spiritual advisor, why wouldn't he have trusted his long time spiritual advisor Deepak Chopra? Michael seemed a lot closer with him than this rabbi.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 10:37 am ET


Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:41 am ET


Yeah you're indeed right,Michael knew Deepak for over 20 years as compared to only knowing Shmuckley for a year or two!

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 10:41 am ET

Hi Denise,

This one is at the top of the boycott list. I'm emailing any and everyone against the publishing of this book! I think this guy secretly recorded Michael, and edited their private converstions to sound like an interview. It turns my stomach!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:42 am ET

mouning mj.....who doesn't want to get old... Isn't that why people have face lifts to take away the winkles... cause they don't like what they see in the mirror... Oh My God their life is Tragic,,, Rabbi you need to make tapes on them and get into their soul..... even....I hate the thought of growing old.... we are Normal to think of that..... Oh Ya....That's right.... I forgot the MEDIA NOT NORMAL.....

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 10:42 am ET

hi everyone that uri geller you know he was here in holland doiing a copple of shows whith his spoons all i want to sa is

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 10:43 am ET



Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:46 am ET


Its great that we're boycotting this book,any ideas as to how we should persuade the rest of the public to do the same?

denise   September 29th, 2009 10:46 am ET

pat davis - bravo

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 10:47 am ET

Maria i will never buy that book i dont wanna know what michael andd smuly talk about
those are privat conversations
smuly you cant do this

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:49 am ET

Jacqueline,your comments is hilarious!But seriously,Uri Geller is like a curse or something.......

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 10:50 am ET

@DENISE: YOU are a riot Denise! Loved your last post- I certainly am going to call LKL- THAT's if I actually get through- I Heart Uncle Larry. TPAAC!

@MARY U- Well, Mary, I strongly believe that Michael did not have perpetual cosmetic surgery because he was afraid of growing old. He was yelled at repeatedly as a child and teenager, "you're ugly, you're ugly". He was constantly trying to change his face (that beautiful, angelic face) when he should have been saving his own soul. His pain and despair was too much to bear to start on the inside, so he started with the outside..... but unfortunately got lost on the way.
Love you Mike.

denise   September 29th, 2009 10:51 am ET

ooh the spoon man?!

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 10:51 am ET

I will just ask something just out of context probably.....

Why did MJ really have such ugly and disinteresting friends anyway ???? I mean, MJ was a superstar who had class of his own, sexy and a good taste of dressing up and taking care of his looks, at least on my own opinion,......and all these woodwork morons just look like real worms wringing themselves out of the woods... one has to really try to scrumble through the rubble to try find those great qualities in them.....uuuuurrrrggggghhhhh!!!! 🙂 🙂

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 10:55 am ET


I think these idiots saw Michael as a 'target' and exploited his good nature to their sick advantage milking him for everything in the process!!!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:56 am ET

Larry You need to add 40 more Blogs ... cause after tonight were going to need it.... by 11:00 tonight these Blogs will be filled......

lindafromnewyork   September 29th, 2009 10:57 am ET

Morning everyone

Cocovelt–I always ask the same question-Why did Michael surround himself with these vultures-As a friend, why would you even write a book like this--why would you share his most inner feelings with the rest of the world?–I have not listened to these tapes–I don't need to know his private toughts–

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 10:58 am ET

i hope the smuly has some answers for us
but i dont think so may
i think his answers are just like maryrm say hmhmhmhmhmhmhmh
and that for one houer

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 11:00 am ET

.......... I mean some of them, not all anyway are so ugly. When I saw this picture of Boteach, I just had to compare it to that of MJ standing there next to him..... Gosh !!!! what a complete contrast of the two. There are really a handful of MJ's friends who one can say they were really classy like him........

And I have somehow recognised that those real friends of MJ who stood up somehow with him at one point or the other in his life do have class like Chris Tucker, Lizzy Taylor, Brooke Shields etc just to name a few.

denise   September 29th, 2009 11:01 am ET

happy Tuesday lindafromnewyork 🙂

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:02 am ET


I think Michael's downfall was his generosity, and I don't mean that in a bad way because what he did for charities, and how he provided medical finances for children in need were Godly deeds. I mean his generosity with PEOPLE that he grew to trust. They gained his trust and then lingered around him to get whatever they could out of him.
Michael was to kind, a little naive....and oh SOOO lonely, and these predators knew that and took advantage of it!

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 11:03 am ET

Hi ladies,

My soul "says" so about Michael:

To Michael

If I only could...
I'd pick up the brightest star
to enlighten your path
In the middle of the dark
If I only could...
I'd bring you a sun beam
To warm your heart
When you feel cold inside
If I only could...
I'd fly to the sky
To give you the most coloured rainbow
And paint your face with a sunshine smile
And throw away any trace of sadness
If I only could...
I'd rock you in my arms
For you to sleep
like the baby inside your heart
If I only could...
I'd hold you tight
And whispered in your ear
Don't worry, everything's all right
If I only could...
I'd bring back
The childhood You've lost
If I only could...
I'd look deep in your eyes
For you to know how much I believe in you
If I only could...
I'd take your pain away
If I only could...
I'd have stopped time
On 25th June
And begged God to take me instead
If I only could...

Love you more and forever.

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 11:04 am ET


I think dearest Rabbi Shmuley is using LKL as a marketing tool,well I would expect that from someone who is a conniving two faced scumbag!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:04 am ET

I like Michael's Looks he was Gorgeous. and they way he Dressed...

denise   September 29th, 2009 11:05 am ET

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal
Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem.

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 11:06 am ET

samanth i agree you see his face hear his voice gives me the creeps

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:06 am ET

Wait .....on the Tapes..... Michael does say something about the Loser.......

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 11:08 am ET


it's very kind of you, that's my answer to that "news" title.

At least i don't have to tape anyone's conversations to write a book! lol

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 11:08 am ET

anne that article brings me i a better mood

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:08 am ET

Anabela Guedes,

That was Beautiful, absolutely Beautiful.

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 11:08 am ET


you really made my day with that one about the spoonbender Uri Geller......I also saw him sometimes in the 1990s doing those spoonbending tricks of his here.

.....but that he has to shove them all up his –ss is really good...... maybe if he did it then he could have stopped bringing all these idiots he brought around MJ ....Ohhhh !!! I would be so happy to help him do it if he finds it impossible 🙂 🙂 🙂

Why did he has to bend the poor spoons anyway ????.....

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 11:10 am ET

cocovevet what do you think money money money when i hear that word money i think of ABBA

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:11 am ET

I wonder is there are anymore Tapes out there what Michael Felt about the Media……. We like to hear those Tapes!!!!!!!!!!…

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 11:17 am ET

cocovelvet i forgat fameus mayby uri thinks he can bend the world
and say look evreyone i did this forget it uri you have to find other friends you are not welcome here

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 11:18 am ET

pat davis

now you made me blush! i'm posting it just because you can't see me. i've never came into public till now ('cause and for Michael)

Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:20 am ET

Anabela Guedes

Michael does that to all of us. I never blogged before June 25th. Met alot of nice people here.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:21 am ET

Has anyone heard anything about Diana Ross and her comments on Michael's death? I was shocked that she didn't appear at his memorial or his funeral. They were friends since the beginning of his career. What is up with that?

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 11:22 am ET


So do i... it's Michael's magic

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Mary U,

Just like you are saying, we will be more than anxious to hear those tapes about the media, but you think anyone of those who has their hands on them and wants this continous bashing on MJ to go on will allow that to happen ???.

Probably is something they will hardly allow to happen.......just like all those years when MJ was involved in all those good humanitarian issues we were hardly informed about, simply covered away and hardly reported, and mainly the negative things scribbled all over those tabloids.

Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:24 am ET

pat davis

Nope, but I did see her at Taco Bell on TMZ. Maybe she has her reasons.

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 11:25 am ET


Yeah I don't know how Diana has never mentioned anything yet Michael had adored her for years!I even checked her website and neither did she acknowledge him there given that several of Michael's music friends have paid tribute to him on their websites.

denise   September 29th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Anne – Thanks for this article, now this is professional jourlism.

Anne September 29th, 2009 11:05 am ET

A nice article in November 2009 issue of Architectural Digest.

Photographer Harry Benson Flashes Back
Photographer Harry Benson’s first-person account of his visits with Michael Jackson at Neverland.
Text and Photography by Harry Benson
Published November 2009

Inside Michael Jackson’s Private KingdomI first met Michael on a hillside in Colorado in 1984. He was on the famous Victory Tour with his brothers.

Michael was the first to come running over to help when I slipped going up a steep muddy hill. I was fine, but a couple of lenses got covered in mud. That was the first time Michael took a liking to one of my brown Scottish tweed sports jackets, so I took it off and gave it to him. He seemed pleased by my gesture and immediately put it on, put both arms out and twirled around in the bright sunlight while I photographed him running and jumping. On stage that night he glittered in sequins. I flew back to New York with the photographs.

The momentum of the Victory Tour kept building, so I joined Michael in Philadelphia for more photos. The same thing happened again. This time it was a gray Harris tweed jacket. I saw him looking closely at the colors in the tweed. They seemed to fascinate him, so again I gave him my jacket. Sometime later I was amused to see a news clip of Michael actually wearing the jacket, running into a limo, mobbed by fans.

In 1985 I photographed Michael at the “We Are the World” all-night recording session in Los Angeles, conceived to raise money for the starving children of Africa. Quincy Jones posted a sign that said, “Leave your egos at the door,” and the 45 stars who participated did just that. The artist known as Prince kept telephoning to say he was thinking of coming. Quincy told him to hurry, as they had begun working. I overheard Michael say, “Prince will never come while I am here.” When Prince called again, Quincy told him not to bother; it was all over.

On first encounter, Michael seemed shy. He spoke in the very soft, high-pitched voice recognizable to the world, but, oddly enough, after about 10 minutes his tone deepened, although he still spoke very softly. I find that many powerful people, heads of state and such, speak very softly. They don’t have to shout to get your attention. Try to hear what they say the first time—they don’t like to repeat. Michael was like that. An hour later, when we met again, it was like starting over—again, the high-pitched, quiet voice, which morphed into something deeper after about 10 minutes.

When I saw Michael in 1995, again my tweed jacket was coveted, so again I gave it to him. He put it on for the photographs with new bride Lisa Marie Presley.

In 1997 I visited Neverland to photograph Michael with his firstborn, Prince Michael. While he was feeding Prince, the baby’s face became covered with food. Michael joked, “Oh, it’s Linda Blair time,” referring to the actress in the film The Exorcist. The baby was happy and laughing. Later, we took Prince upstairs to his room, where Michael gave him a bottle and held him until he went to sleep, singing little songs to him, something about Daddy’s baby. Michael told me Prince had inspired him to write more music than he had written at any other time in his life.

The following day Michael took me into the rehearsal studio where he had refined the moonwalk. He told me he often brought Prince there to watch him practice in front of the mirrored wall and said they would dance together someday. I was convinced that was going to be the next act. Prince sat playing with a microphone and watching his father’s every move. Michael told me the moonwalk was very easy to do. “Just do this, Harry, and pull your foot back.” Needless to say, I wasn’t stupid enough to try.

Standing outside his bedroom was a wax figure of a queen’s Household Cavalry guard. The bedroom itself was dark and quite plain, in tones of beige and brown, and, to be honest, a bit depressing. Adjacent to the bed was a huge, red, thronelike chair ornately trimmed in gilt. Above the mahogany four-poster was a painting of a blond Jesus.

Michael was easy to work with and delighted in showing me his home. All the photos were done quickly. That’s the thing people forget—you have to work quickly so that your subject doesn’t become bored. When Michael asked what I wanted him to wear, I said, “Just be yourself. Wear what you feel comfortable in.”

One could see how Neverland could take Michael’s mind off all his worries and transport him from the reality of his stressful life. He had everything he wanted there. I got the impression that in no way was Michael a recluse. He read the papers and kept up with the news. Once he asked me what I thought of the Reagans, who were in the White House at the time. He was also curious to know what the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was like, as Michael had seen my photograph of him. Michael made a point of knowing who was who, while all the time those sad eyes were searching, looking closely at me. Occasionally he would break into a laugh, but mostly he was just looking.

Although I wasn’t close to Michael, we were friendly and respectful of each other, and that’s really all you want, someone who allows you to do your job. I will miss him. We will all miss his immense talent.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Anabela Guedes & Mara,

I've never blogged either before June 25th, and now I am hooked!

As long as we continue to blog, Michael Jackson will live forever in all of our hearts and our daily lives!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:28 am ET

MourningMJ.....I didn't say you were saying that...... .. Michael on the interview with Martin Bashsir.. Michael said he only did his nose... Nothing else..... Your Face Changes as you get older...

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 11:33 am ET

Pat Davis,

Maybe that was one way Diana Ross was just avoiding those press idiots???? I would imagine what they would do and say around her, taking into account that she was mentioned in the Will. All the crude questions would be thrown at her; How do you feel that you were mentioned in the Will ?? Did you agree to that ??? blaah!!! blaaahh!!!! I can imagine, on my own opinion, how she is much waited for with great anxiety to be asked all those ridiculous questions.......

Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:33 am ET

We love Larry for all these articles (but not the negative ones) and for leaving the bloggy's open 24/7 because I think before they were only open for an hour during his show. Thank you Larry and CNN.

We heart MEEBO too...

Anne   September 29th, 2009 11:39 am ET

I love the idea that this word famous star wants the photographers tweed jackets. I want to find a photo of him in one. I can picture him being the first one to run up a hill to help someone who falls.

The press was not allowed near any of the guests at the funeral.

Mourning MJ – Loved your Marshmallow comment. Gave me a much needed chuckle.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 11:41 am ET

Good morning, everyone! 🙂


Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:43 am ET

Hi Lori, Bye Lori!

kiki   September 29th, 2009 11:44 am ET

I'm sorry if someone mentioned about these articles somewhere before, but I found some articles about the rabbi Shmuley.

The day Michael Jackson told me he could save Hitler
Posted: May 18, 2005

"How sad that Michael could never see that a man who spends tens of millions of dollars on himself per year in the most lavish lifestyle, and has his security guards holding his umbrella for him even while he is on trial for his very life (where you would think he might finally have learned to exhibit some humility) is hardly the Messiah. He's just another self-absorbed Hollywood celebrity."

I could not include URL.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:48 am ET

Cocovelvet....Good Point!

kiki   September 29th, 2009 11:49 am ET

Another article:

Jacko's Rabbi Gets Meshugah on Court TV; Plus, Pearl Harbor Bombs Away on by Roger Friedman
May 23, 2001

"Boteach then asked this reporter if I wanted to hear gossip about myself, which he then repeated. It was an invented grotesquerie, something you wouldn't imagine a rabbi or other clergy person would repeat. It was bad enough that I responded, "I am embarrassed that you call yourself a rabbi.""

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 11:50 am ET

@CocoVelvet and @LindafromNewYork:

Just pondering the question you raised earlier about the vultures that flocked to Michael-

The evil prey on the weak, the kind the meager. The monsters concealed their debauchery with handshakes and hugs. They slowly began to poison him, drip by drip. They whispered sweet nothings into his ear and promised him to fear no longer; all the sinister and anxiety would disappear. "Michael, I am your friend, you can trust me". Knife in the back. "Michael, I promise, I would never hurt you". Knife in the back. "Michael, you can take this medicine- it will make you feel better" Knife in the back. "Michael, Your the biggest superstar on the planet.... But give me a piece of it and I will make you even bigger..." Knife in the back. "Michael, you don't need help- don't listen to your family- they don't care about you, we care about you" Knife in the back. "Doctor.... I can't sleep tonight. You must give me something to rest doctor... I'll give you anything you want". "Sure Michael". Knife in the chest.
Thank goodness for the "good Rabbi" to shed some light on this very intriging subject though- Why Michael kept his parents and siblings a universe, four security teams, multiple roadblocks and a cast iron fence away, but kep the vultures on his shoulders? Just wondering...

Anne   September 29th, 2009 11:54 am ET

What breathtaking hypocrisy to say that and now claim to be his friend!

You should post that on amazon under the book reviews so people know his real attitude.

Gee, maybe it was because Michael knew he was innocent. Seems to me it might also be called having courage in the face of a lynch mob and in view of a press who had already convicted him in 2003!.

Sonia   September 29th, 2009 11:56 am ET

What kind of friend? The kind of friend that feels the pain his friend suffered due to the unjustified persecution he endured his whole a child and as a successful adult. The kind of friend who wants the world to hear and see Michael's life through his own heart and eyes. The kind of friend who hopes that, maybe just for once, we as a human race could have compassion and understand someone we have been so quick to judge. The kind of friend who hopes that maybe he could give us a glimpse of the real Michael Jackson and hope that maybe we could for a moment feel compassion for a mistreated, misunderstood fellow human being.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 11:57 am ET

If the Rabbi had Michael Jackson's blessing to produce this book, show us the written contracts and/or agreements regarding same. I do not believe for a minute that this was a verbal agreement or a handshake deal. So if this book was to be a collabrative effort on the part of Michael and the Rabbi – show us the proof.

The reason the book is coming out now? Of course, it is "Make a Buck Off Michael Time". The Rabbi is just jumping on the band wagon and following the crowd. Since Michael is dead, the Rabbi can publish his book without worrying he will get hit with a defamation suit for libel and/or slander.

There are probably other reasons as deflect attention away from the release of the This Is It single and soundtrack and the release of the movie in October.

The Rabbi is pathetic - we see him for what he is.


pat davis   September 29th, 2009 11:58 am ET


Thanks for sharing that great article, we need more of those!

Maria   September 29th, 2009 11:59 am ET

Samantha – that's right, it seems the plan was to publish a book about children and MJ's own childhood. From the 2005 article on quoted above by kiki (thanks, kiki!):

"I shall never forget how, when I was close to Michael and still believed that his celebrity could be used for positive purposes, we sat down to produce, for the purpose of publication, hours and hours of conversations about what he saw in children. The conversations were fascinating – Michael is much smarter and insightful than people would otherwise believe (...)" – Shmuley Boteach

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

We heart the Jax chat....


kiki   September 29th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

The last one:

'Close Friend' Jackson keeps his distance on June 14th, 2001
by George Rush, etc.

"Some have wondered whether scandal-scarred Jackson might be distancing himself from Boteach now that the rabbi's past controversies are reaching our shores.

I'm sorry but, please google when you want to read the whole thing.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

@ ANNE- Thank you- I'm still laughing at the Marshmellow comment myself!

@ Mara- WE HEART MEEBO! Meebo rules

IHMJ xoxo

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 12:07 pm ET


For the rabbi to make comments like that about Michael shows a dislike for Michael and I sense a bit of jealousy. I knew this guy wasn't a friend. He's a fraud!

Also in most of the photos I've seen Michael Jackson was holding his own umbrella, and if he wasn't SO WHAT! Maybe he didn't want to get photographed holding an umbrella all the time!

Maria   September 29th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

No problem, kiki, it's way better to post only the headline, like you do.
Very interesting articles.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 12:14 pm ET




Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:16 pm ET


I am shocked,how much peaples believe ***mj*** ! Well,sometimes make feel peaples not wolk on earth.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:19 pm ET

i mean,me-ake feel peaples better. sory!

Anne   September 29th, 2009 12:20 pm ET

I have not been able to find that article. Could you supply the link?

If it turns out that MJ turned away from Boteach because of the scandals the Rabbi was involved in that fact needs to be explicitly stated in LK's interview.

And if the original intent was to write a children's book that should also be made clear.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 12:22 pm ET


Don't be sorry, I the more dirt we can get on this rabbi, the more we can limit the sales of his book!

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

@Stu - I think there is a small group of people who actually " believe"
in the poster proclaiming himself **mj**. The majority are just playing along. There is a theory that **mj** and The Informer are part of the AEG Live, Sony, and This is It marketing department. Most of us have not fallen off of the cliff of reality.


Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

Lori,i have read on the other blog from many peaples,that thay believe hem.I think so too,this is an atvertising,but why here?here anyway everybody will woch the movie.We dont nead atvertising.But here in iceland mots of the peaples dont know about the movie.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 12:31 pm ET


Michael did know he was being taped; he even said quote "M" in Madonna.. She is jealous. I hate saying that on tape" End quote.

It's clear that Michael knew he was being taped, but little did he know it was going to used against him for some little weazle to gain 5 minutes of fame. Next year at this time, we will all be saying "Rabbi who?".....

IIHMJ xoxo

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:32 pm ET

@Maria - It might be a good time for you to re-post your 12 point article that speaks to the THE INFORMER issue - it is relevent to the **mj** posts as well. 🙂


Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

Morning, Mourning MJ.....I guess I am is just to darn easy to manipulate audio tapes....


Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

Yes MourningMJ.And hofully next year we will say again,rabby who,couse if its up to me,and everybody doo the same with me,rabby can pull down hem self on the toilet! 😀 I will not by that stupid book 😛
Hug my darling!

Maria   September 29th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

I wonder if Kathy Smith's friend in LA was Arnold Klein LOL

Heather   September 29th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

Reading all these postings I can see that we all get pretty irate at all the biassed, negative publicity that has been coming out since Michael died. All I can think about is how much it upsets us all and how angry it makes us to have to read and hear and watch all this negative crap in the last 3 months and how we all want so badly to find any and all forums possible to defend Michael and point out the lies in the garbage that is out there. Now we know just what it must have felt like for that poor, sweet man who had to put up with this media lynching for 40 years! It makes me rage and cry at the same time.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 12:39 pm ET


Like Anne, I can't get that article either.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:41 pm ET

Heater!You are wrong!We dont have to!Ad if we would not,thay all could pull down them selfs on the toilet! 😉

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:44 pm ET

@Maria - I was thinking the same thing - LOL 🙂


Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

What the song call in the and of the Moonwalker?

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

GENE - This is my daily shout out to you. Come back! We need to concentrate on the investigation.


Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 12:51 pm ET


I absolutely agree with you that this Boteach has to provide some kind of prove that MJ actually gave him a go-ahead to publish a book and worse enough, publicise those tapes.

You know what ??,.... i think Boteach was using his Rabbi status to convince people that what he is doing and saying is absolutely true and not in anyway malicious, but I think by now if he ever browse through blogs like this one, he would already had a little heartattack what the people think of him and his actions. By now everyone who have read, heard those tapes and is in disapproval of what he is doing knows what is hidden behind that Rabbi status.......

So Mr Boteach, are you still daring to continue with your little dirty actions ????

Maria   September 29th, 2009 12:52 pm ET

@ Lori – hehe, thank you for not forgetting 🙂
But it's useless anyway, since I see that trolls take it to another level – now they are pretending directly that they are MJ. I left a comment to this "mj" on the other blog post, I hope he'll understand that he's wasting his time here trying to fool people.

Re advertising for TII: Stu, he's only repeating like a parrot some themes that are very dear to the people at MJHD – the call for "seeking clues" in the movie, the obsession for Kenny Ortega's twitter (Ortega uses every day L.O.V.E. instead of LOVE) and the crazy idea of that cartoon character Cassandra that MJ will be back next year. This is not a way to advertise this movie, but to make fun of MJ himself and his work.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 12:55 pm ET


Lori, that IS Michael's voice. You cannot duplicate or maniuplate perfection. I know it's painful to listen to Michael's torment. We must accept all of him; unconditionally. Just like he did with us....

-Justice for Michael
– "You can't fool the fans"
– It's all for L-O-V-E Love

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

This is something Michael wanted to do years ago. These are his words, his thoughts , his pain , so why is Boteach pocketing the money? But Michael lost intrest in this project so it should have never seen the light of day. Having heard part of the tape during the Dateline interview, I can only guess that Michael didn't feel the same about alot of things he said back then.

sarah   September 29th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

hi every1...

its is just so wrong, People who claimed they were Michael friends they just wanted something out of him, so heart breaking to see how these so called friends took advantage of Michael and making a buck out by releasing these tapes ,why now why not release when he was alive so people who changed their opinion about Mike after after June 25th would see a real Michael not the tabloid that made him....

Tina (Germany)   September 29th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Pewople go and vote on Main Page that this tapes should not been made public.

Really, I still have no words for those people DD and so on, how can someone live that way, sleep at nite, look into the mirror.

I feel already bad when I get angry and say something that is even true but still should be kept inside my brain so I do not hurt anyone.
And those people lie and don't feel ugly. They know that they lie.
I don't know what to say. I really need to take care that I don't produce too many hate feelings or I might yell at some poor person that don't even know whats going on grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Maria   September 29th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

I'd like Boteach to say clearly (on LKL, for example) if he thinks MJ was guilty or not of child molestation. Because his most recent articles seem to suggest he isn't convinced at all that his former friend MJ was innocent.
I contrast this with the 2001 article on Fox ("Jacko's Rabbi Gets Meshugah on Court TV"):

Boteach said: "I was friendly with Michael for a year before anyone knew about it. I did my own investigation. He never had sex with the child he made the settlement with, and there are no others."

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 1:08 pm ET

@Maria....but The Informer told us all the other night in one of his/her posts (which I have pasted below) that Cassandra is a fake LOL, but apparently **mj** is legit. 🙂
The Informer September 26th, 2009 12:09 am ET

I won’t need to be here for a while, from what I see “someone” beat me to it! This was a total surprise for me. But I will continue to stay quiet and let the Joker speak. He’s the boss.

-The Informer

P.S.- Cassandra is a fake.



Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 1:08 pm ET

I thought the same. It's as if there's a systematic, relentless flock of vultures waiting to attack Michael, one after the other. Like a conspiracy.

VICKI   September 29th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

The poll bears out all our feelings. Praying it will increase throughout the day that these tapes should not be published. This Boteach should not call himself a friend or spiritual advisor b/c I can see neither with any of his actions. He is passed off as the former friend and spiritual advisor. Former? No wonder...did you ever why you were dropped as Michael's friend. The smart guy...Michael Jackson figured you out! I most resent that Boteach tries to pass himself off as a professional counselor and having the ability to offer his opinions on Michael psychological demeanor with such statements as..."not having the will to make changes in his life." Sweep around your own back door, please, before you try to help Michael clean up now that he is gone. So lame.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

@Maureen – I very much fear that we will continue to hear from Michael's "former" associates and friends, as well as enemise, as long as there is money to be made, or fame to be had. Michael paid a high price for his fame, and apparently he will be paying for a long time to come.


kiki   September 29th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

I put up my comment but it says "awaiting moderation."

So, I'm not sure you can see the comment showing the links...

But if you google in "News" and choose dates between 2001 and 2005, you can find lots of articles regarding the rabbi. Key words that I used are "Shmuley Boteach Michael Jackson"

Or, if you use and put keywords ""Shmuley Boteach Michael Jackson Halle Berry," you can find the first article.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

Afternoon everyone and to my bbffs

I see everyone is pissed off today... good keep up the good work!

mmj.... jiniajsod no re-runs ### (((((I heart )))))) u


Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

@Judie - Thanks. I apparently have a small talent for creating verse and jingles. BBL 🙂 Keep your eyes and ears open for Gene, everyone.


Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

Lori-Justice for Michael
I was trying to remember who else might be lurking around waiting for their exploit Michael opportunity ? But you probably know more about Michael's friends/ frenemies accross the pond.

karen   September 29th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

good after noon everyone
i oly have one thing to say to the the robber (robbi)
who god bless no man curse

Kathe - Atlanta, GA   September 29th, 2009 1:37 pm ET

Rabbi, you say that "he lost his will to live?" He had three beautiful children that he loved so dearly - don't believe a word that you say. You call yourself a "friend." I am glad that you are not my friend! You sound more like an enemy to me. Nothing that you can say will ever change how the fans feel about Michael. Stop trying to get people to hate him.
He was a wonderful human being with a tremendously pure heart!! Long live the King of Pop. Love him forever!

lindafromnewyork   September 29th, 2009 1:39 pm ET



Tina (Germany)   September 29th, 2009 1:43 pm ET

I will for sure not buy any of this books, I never did and never will. I am only one person, but better one than no one.

Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

Linda, fromnewyork
I thought he'd had his turn with the documentary & backing up Lester. but it wouldn't surprise me if he did a book later, when it's his turn ! Notice how they don't all release their "exclusives" at once.

Lady Luck   September 29th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

The Rabbi makes me sick to my stomach! (I will NOT be watching this faker trying to act like he and Michael were such good friends.)

They need to ask the Rabbi about the "Heal The Kids Foundation."

The Rabbi likes to go around telling people how he cut Michael off, when in truth, it was Michael who cut the Rabbi off, when he found out about the Rabbi stealing money from the foundation.

The Rabbi is a LIAR and a THIEF! If Larry King is the interviewer he likes to think he is, then he needs to address some of the issues that are on this page.

And for the record, people are not as stupid as the media thinks they are! That's one of the reasons most people no longer trust the media. I mean, with a little searching, you can find a bunch of information regarding this "so-called" Rabbi and his fradulent ways.

sarah   September 29th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

OH GOD no, Uri Geller too , will they ever stop ......still can't believe they were Michael friends wrong....

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 1:52 pm ET

*******@JUDIE (&*(*^*&^*^)

JUDIE- ((((((((( i heart u 2 )))))))))))))))))
Please, for the love of God and in the name of MJ, no more reruns!
Starring.............. (add music here)................
And also Starring ............. (add more music here) ...........
With special appearances by ................. (more music) ..........
The show was only scheduled for 30 minutes but somehow it goes one for hours and hours and hours!!!
JUDIE- L O L!!! #&$(*#&$(#&@($*&@#*(&($*&&*(
See you in Jax

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 1:53 pm ET


Uri is writting a book? About what?

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

MMJ,where did you read this Uri wrighding a book?I just read on the other blog,that this rabbi got to know MJ trough Uri.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

@STU**- It was mentioned on the post earlier- someone has asked if Uri was writing a book- I, myself ws wondering the same thing? I'm sure it will be 10 chapters of card tricks and three pages about Michael though. He needs enough space to bloat his ego

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 2:08 pm ET


Tonight, the good Rabbi will be making an excluse appearance on Uncle LKL. I emailed Uncle Larry a question to ask our Beloved's "spirtual advisor". If asked, I'm curiuos to see how he tap dances his way around this one....

For Rabbi Shmuely:

Rabbi- What behavior led you to believe that Michael began using drugs to the point where you became concerned enough to discuss this critical issue with his parents and family? AND, why would you let Michael intimidate you from refraining approach to him?- I ask this because you stated that you believed Michael thought you were an irritant and that your counsel was no longer welcome. It just seems obvious that your ecclesiastical responsibility would take presidence over your personal feelings regarding your relationship, especially, Rabbi, since Michael's behavior became obviously self destructive- Do you feel you let Michael and his family down?

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

And dont forgat the part about turning spounes and makeig crasy clock.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

i forgat: 😀 😀 😀

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

I 'll have Jax Chat Now... Find me..... maryufromohio...i have no idea how to work it... help Ronda find me...

sarah   September 29th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

whats a JaX Chat..????

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

Michael Knew he was being taped.... but the media is taking what Michael said and now twisting, and using his words against him.....

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

World Chat a good chat room.....

karen   September 29th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

i rember reading a article that the the --– this is a hard word
{robbi )(wrote shortly after micheal died he said they were working on a book he also said that the book was about the importance of preserving our childdishness
if he and micheal was workin on another book he would of mention it
i think the article is the master of a empty kingdom that was the first indicationn that he never consider micheal a friend

Anne   September 29th, 2009 2:30 pm ET

From Ki Ki's article New York Daily News 2001

Two years ago, Britain's Charity Commission launched a probe of Boteach's L'Chaim Society of Oxford, London and Cambridge, which promoted Jewish thinking and life on campus. Charity Commission spokeswoman Sonia Tugwell said in a statement that the inquiry found that "fund-raising costs and administrative
expenses were high in relation to relatively low charitable expenditure." The commission also questioned the charity's payments of the mortgage on the rabbi's house.

Boteach reached a settlement with the commission last year. Boteach and his wife, Debbie, agreed to repay the charity about $225,000, said Gordon Hausmann, Boteach's attorney. "There was also a substantial amount paid to the rabbi and his wife as a severance package."

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 2:41 pm ET


The song at the end of Moonwalker is called, Come Together originally by The Beatles. That is the only recording that Michael did from their music catalogue.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

I really want to know how much money from the books sales are going to charities. Knowing Michael's love for children most if not all of his earnings would have gone to charity.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

Whi is this Jax?Pat david,he did it very cool!I like it alot!

kiki   September 29th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

Anne, thank you for your suggestion. However, I'm not in the US, and I've never bought anything on Amazon, so I can not post anything now... But I'm going to move to the US in the near future, then I will do it.

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Lady Luck,

Larry King is great at what he does. I will be watching I know Larry is going to ask the rabbi questions about his obligations to his religion, his obligation to Michael as an advisor/friend.

Larry does his home work. I've learned a lot today about Rabbi Scummy, from the articles and the sites that some of you believe me, Larry will ask a lot of the questions that we want answers to. He's not just going to let this guy go on and on about his book. Larry is going to pull a couple of skeltons out of his closet and I wanna see how this so called rabbi defends HIS past.

Maria   September 29th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

@ Stu: I don't think it's Ortega. He has many other things to do than come here and pretend he's Michael. I say only that the kids who believe in the death hoax use to study his twitter and interpret what he writes as some kind of code or clue, which is absurd. Ortega's twits have the typical style of a showbiz man who only wants to please and entertain his friends. He doesn't want to risk anything or get himself into any trouble, that's for sure.

@ Lori: LOOOL this is the ultimate proof that TI is either a guy who enjoys even to watch other trolls making fun of people, or the same person as "mj" (regardless if they claim or not that Cassandra is a fake). I'd have thought TI would be upset that someone else comes and steals his show. If he's not only ok with "mj", but even praises this one as the real MJ, then it's clear that both of them share the same wish of confusing and deceiving everyone.

Brigida, Italy   September 29th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

O____o are you fools to write so much in such a short time?

Hi everybody 🙂

Two things:
I WILL see Larry this night (if it's aired here) because of the questions he will do to this.... shmuley and how he will answer. Perhaps his lies will come out with the right questions.
I didn't hear the tapes and I voted NO. It's not our business.

I remember that there were two books. One about childhood and this one was the one Michael wanted to be pubblished. No mention of these tapes to be a book also. So shmuley turns it around, mixing the "books" because otherwise he couldn't come out with this trash to make his 5 minutes and the money. Am I right?

Will be back if I got the other two blogs. Hopefully you wrote a little less there ^_^

Jan   September 29th, 2009 3:13 pm ET


Maria   September 29th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

There's a VERY interesting article on his own website, where he explains his position and comments about the fans too:

pat davis   September 29th, 2009 3:24 pm ET


I love the way Michael does Come Together. It's almost the same as The Beatles version, with touch of MJ to spice it up!

I have to get my hands on Moonwalker again. My favorite scenes are:

1. The Smooth Criminal.... which starts when he comes out of the apartment building in the suit, gets chased and then ends up running into the bar and does the Smooth Crimial video with the kids watching.

2. Speed this scene the other characters are in claymation. Michael gets chased by the fans and at the end he has the dance off with human rabbit. His moves were mesmerizing!

3. Last but not least his performance at the end, Come Together. He's just so cool in the leather and the yellow shirt! His stage presence is amazing!

I can't wait to get my hands on that CD, do you have it Stu? That's when Michael was on top of the world!

Anne   September 29th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

It is very interesting and also completely wrong. I take no issue with what Michael Jackson said or what it reveals about him. There very little new that we did not already know about.

I take issue with his privacy being violated after his death for profit for Boteach and most importantly Boteach's gall in thinking he has the right to judge Michael who was in desperate need of help.

Try again Boteach. What you did is indefensible and all for your own greed. If he wanted to get his message out to the world, you should have just published the transcript of the tape without all your judging him.

Angela   September 29th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

AEG are liars! They are showing old footage of Michael talking about this is it rehearsals.The picture of him in the ambulance fake.Ambulance worker claimed he work on him for 10 minutes before he realized who he was.So who put on his make-up&hair &clothing. If he was already dead why go through that.See everybody knows that the picture of him in the ambulance was fake what he sleeps in his sideburns.his skin was darker,not pale& he looked younger. Wow so who was the ambulance attendant talking about he said OLD SICKLY FRAIL man!Why come out with the tapes now what Michael said on them is not a secret.If you were his friend and you told him no,so he shuts you out ,so you just stop being his friend just like that M as he refers to is into stuff that does not appeal to Michael.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Pat,yes,i have it.What about the part,where the kids doo Bad.Its so funy!

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

Maria,ok.I understand now,what you mean.I dont think,the person,who doo this is a fan...Its very rude and thisrespectfull!

Angela   September 29th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

I am so sorry that Michael surrounding himself around all those DEMONS! that is all they Rabbi who! whatever.Dr Conrad what ! How come Larry when they showed DAVE DAVE at the burial it did not look like the same man that was just on your show are you part of this to.? Larry i am still hurting,mad,about Michael is family to me.Hey Larry have you checked out YOU TUBE MICHAEL JACKSON Conspiracy Theories.Did anybody solve the mystery old man in the fedora at the memorial & burial .Yes Larry a lot conversation going on on you tube.Well it was good talking to you! TRUE FAN!

Luda   September 29th, 2009 3:58 pm ET


Rabbi on LKL?
Got the impression This blog will be very busy tonight....

Wanna bet ? LOL

VICKI   September 29th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

Agree with you, Anne. Does Boteach know the meaning of the word, confidant? Did Boteach say the fans deified Michael? I don't think so, and Michael did not let the fans do that either b/c he always said things like..."Jesus said..." He always gave the credit to God for his talent, etc. Yes, the fans adored him, but they knew he was human and saw the frailities. Is Boteach completely nuts? I think the inner circle of friends deified Michael especially when they all deserted him and left him to take care of himself in his desperation and loneliness. The fans could not get that close to Mr. Jackson, Mr. Boteach, but you did. You and a whole host of others failed. It is difficult for me to believe this many friends failed. Not one of you had the guts to put your life aside for this hurt human being. Thank God, God is the final judge.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Maria,but this is unlogic.If somebody whant to make us believe,that he is MJ,why would he act,like Ortega?

Anne   September 29th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

Boteach's book has dropped from #60 to #98 on the amazon bestseller list since yesterday. I expect it to go back up after his LKL appearance but there are 40 negative reviews on amazon's page.

Interestingly, Patrick Swayze's autobiography is #20.

Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

This bears repeating…”they” are not going to quit using this name to describe Michael, so I knew there had to be a way to turn it into something positive!
K-Keep in our hearts forever
O-Oh so cute
O-Over the top

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

Calm down.... the tapes been released... all we could do now is help Michael..... Listen to what Michael said... ... example... he didn't like to grow old and get wrinkles.... go with Michael with this.... Your right Michael .. i don't think anyone of us like getting old and wrinkles... I agree with you Michael.......
What is happening is everyone is angry at the Rabbi for doing this... we are overlooking Michael... .. Michael had Reasons not to like Madonna... He had his reasons.... agree with Him.....Michael was telling his deepest feeling... we can listen to him....
the tape is already out....

sarah   September 29th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

that is soo cool Sandy-Houston !!!! nice...   September 29th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Well,I don`t know where is truth,may be the truth is out there,I don`t know,but mostly I `m not going to incline to contradictory information.Michael never wanted to open up his life to anyone.I think this taped exclusive interview is just a falsification or anything else.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:13 pm ET


Even IF it was true Michael wanted to make a book with these tapes back in 2001... after almost 10 years people change especially when they've been through thick and thin like MJ went during the years that have followed... A spiritual adviser should know this!!
Rabbi has no poof Michael would STILL want this to come out!
If Rabbi would had really been a friend he would not have released this or at least he would have ask the agreement of the estate!!!

This is opportunism.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

mary u from ohio September 29th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

You are right these are Michael's words. This is what he felt, these were his thoughts. All we can do is listen and learn. Never strike a child, never deny them a hug or praise, never forget that even through the toughest times in our lifes we are blessed. And especially let a child be a child...let them play.

bette   September 29th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

People like Boteach give Jews a bad name. Being of the Jewish faith myself, I deplore his obvious greed and willingness to betray a friend for his own financial gain. Michael Jackson had more honor and dignity in his pinky tip than this man has in his entire body. This man is a disgrace to the Jewish people and its rich heritage. We didn't survive thousands of years of persecution to have our honor dragged through the mud by such a little weasel trying to make a name for himself.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

Sandy-Houston... How are you. Have you copyrighted it... did you call?...

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Don’t spread any more antipathy between Michael & Madonna Boteach. Madonna’s speech at the VMA’s puts you to shame.

A spokeman of Madonna said the tapes would not change anything to Madonna's deep friendship for Michael...

Madonna has a better heart then..... some other friends.....

lex   September 29th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

i dnt like this shcumely guy he isnt mjs friend hes jus tryin 2 promote himself

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

Maria G.... Yes... This is what we need to put out there... everyone listen to what Maria G and I are saying.... Michael wanted people to learn from Him.... Please Calm Down....... Maria G.... e-mail what you said to I report and Larry King... for tonight show... so the can bring this up... From You he could see it clear what Michael was Expressing...

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Luda... That was Back then with Madonna.... that is what he felt then.....
Michael explained that... I ain't saying anything about now the way he felt.... we are talking almost ten years ago... On how Michael Felt.....

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:29 pm ET


Thank you very much,
we"ll take good note of your site!

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

mary u from ohio- I only heard the tapes that were played on Dateline and all I can say is if I want to know what Michael wanted us to know I would listen to the tapes. I don't need or want someone taking his words and then trying to "explain" to me what they think he was trying to say. JMHO

Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

Mary U-
Working on it here at work-have had busy day but starting to slow down. Thanks for asking and your help. I also agree with your above statement. I don't want to get caught up in the anger. These tapes were Michael's feelings and good or bad, he's pouring his heart out. And I want to learn from all of this so I can live a more meaningful life. I believe that's what Michael wanted for everyone. I can be angry at Boteach but not dwell on it. It takes away from Michael.

mahari   September 29th, 2009 4:31 pm ET

Dear rabbi,
ma ythe Lord of Israelits burns your tongue for having used the Knowledge given to you to make profit over a dead friend if He Michael jackson has ever been Your Friend.
You can have a moment of Celebrity and moment of Moneymaking,
but Micheal Has left His testament for all His Fans . From East to West from south to North. He was born to BELOVED and given the honour to Create Bridges for all Humanity and" His final Curtain "THIS IS IT " is what will rest in Our souls and Hearts in the Generation to come.

Mahari seghid

irene   September 29th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

How evilll....

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

I ain't buying Rabbi Book ... are you???? so if he has no book sale who is the winner Michael... Cause we already heard what Michael said.....

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

Schmuckly = wolf in sheeps clothing

Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

Maria G
Agree with you also.

When I watched Dateline I tried my best to LISTEN to Michael and not Boteach. I can draw my own conclusions. We all are smart enough to
do that.

Tina (Germany)   September 29th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

When MJ said Madonna is not nice, you must keep in mind how different both people were at that time. Madonna was very provocing and the opposite of MJ in lifestyle, etc. And on her speech she said on her own that she tried to pull him into things that he did not want, bad speech etc.. I doubt he meant the not nice like she was a mean person, more that the way she acts is not nice in his opinion, because he was so different.
Doubt there is anything that should really hurt Madonna. She know how shy he was and that he had a very different view on many things that were common stuff for Madonna.
So the term "not nice" can mean anything.

sarah   September 29th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

i think the most annoying is that why now i said before why NOW, where were those tapes when Michael was alive ... i mean its too late for Rabbi to release those tapes, i mean on dateline when asked about MJ trials Rabbi said i don't know about his innocence , I mean REAL friend would say no matter what the outside world was saying : MY FRIEND WAS INNOCENT & was proven Innocent by the court, not to make statements that put more confusion ...... like Michael said something about hitler and how they (tabloids ) twisted so bad its really is disgusting.... If Mike want to release those tapes Rabbi should have done it at that time, now its just all about selling and making money .....

Anne   September 29th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

The problem is not with listening to the tapes.
The problem is with Boteach judging what MJ said and casting a negative light on him when he is not here to defend himself.
And profiting off a dead person's depression and not getting him help..
Also the tapes are 9 years old and may not have reflected his current thinking at all.
If MJ wanted it made public, I would like to hear all of it all 30 hours. But not read Boteach's comments or criticisms. And now everyone thinks MJ loved Hitler.

The whole thing is unethical. Unless he has MJ's written permission from 2009, it is just plain wrong.

Meysie   September 29th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

I wish i could buy all copies of that book (“The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation” by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.) that nobody else can read it!!!
Why are they doing this to Michael! why dont they just leave him alone!!
how can he do such a thing
i Believe that man has no heart
Michael had trust him and he is betraying him now with the release of this tapes

MJ   September 29th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

can you tell us more about what the thought of lisa marie presley as his wife?

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

Mary U,

I did not criticize what you were saying, I was just confirming Madonna said she didn't mind what was said on the tapes.
That's all.

Stacey   September 29th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

Yet another person trying to make money off of Michael...........I just don't understand why people just can't leave him alone.......The man is dead let him rest...... Everyday is something and somebody new talking about Michael and trying to cash in on him........But what people don't realize is what people (when I say people I mean the media and these "so called" friends) are doing to Michael even though he is gone is what made him become isolated in the first place..... People just don't care to stop.......... JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!!!! Why can't Michael get the same respect as any other person that has died.......He was human............So treat him as one..........

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

Anyway, back then Madonna had said bad things about Michael So ... they both already knew what the other one thought.

Lisa S   September 29th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

Cocovelvet September 29th, 2009 10:51 am ET

Good question! The answer would probably bring us closer to the person Michael Jackson. All though it is hard for us on the outside knowing the whole and true story of a friendship and the persons involved.

All though he probably have friends we dont know about since they dont go public and speak about it, lots of his friends seem to have an economical connection to him as well. Miko Brando for instance. He has an allowance for the rest of his life.

However, I am glad that people that I think was closer to him than we knew, like LisaMarie P and Debbie Rowe have been very quiet.

Maria   September 29th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

Stu (3:59 pm ET): This "mj" doesn't act like Ortega, he simply wants to spread some hints for us that he shares with some people (including Ortega) the knowledge about this so-called stunt (MJ's disappearance) and that's why they are using the same "hints" and coded spelling "for the initiated". It's very childish. It's treating a real life and death matter like one treats a PC game, with jokes and clues and points to score. Hopefully these people (mj, TI) will grow up and understand they are wrong.

Anne   September 29th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

Boteach is not Michael's friend Larry. Read all the posts below.

Michael Jackson's book Moonwalk does not come out until Oct 12 adn it is #60 on amazons bestseller list. Boteach's books is #98.

See new blog.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

I don't like what Rabbi is saying that is Negative.... But the Media and so call friends of Michael have been giving Negative feedback on Michael since his death.... and we made it through that.... The more anger we show the more stories will come out because they the Media knows what irritates us....

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

************** NEW BLOG JUST POSTED *******************

Maria   September 29th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

Another clarification from Boteach – on Hitler and anti-Semitism:

Gina Angel   September 29th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

This man is more despicable than Martin Bashir! Schmuley is profiting on a dead person,shame on him! And all of his judgements on who he called a "friend" are grotesque at the very least-I will not refer to him as a rabbi-he should be stripped of that title!And he has the audacity to call himself a spiritual advisor?Any person of God,would not & could not... break confidences!->Read all the reviews on his book which he is promoting on LK tonight-Michael Jackson tapes at
Why did he wait until MJ died?Why? to profit of course!Why did he steal money from charity which ended his "friendship w/MJ of which MJ gave?Profit,profit,profit!
Schmuley will have to answer to his maker,but,I feel very strongly that Schmuley will be his own downfall...he's already started bringing himself down into the lower recesses of his own hell!
Again,I urge everybody to read all of the reviews on Schmuley's book at–Michael Jackson tapes.I further urge all 2 read Aphrodite Jones book of truth-Michael Jackson Conspiracy if U want the truth.RIP MJ.

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 5:09 pm ET


I'm curious again- do you belive that Michael has died or do you still have faith that he may be alive?

(I'm just reading your posts and figuring it out. When I can't find the solution, I go to the root of the problem)- Please help me out on this one.
xoxo (((((((((((( MIKE ))))))))))))))

sandy   September 29th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

The so called "rabbi" exploits MJ's privacy. I was very dissapointed in reading his book. I'm sure if ever MJ wanted that book out in public, he surely wouldn't have want the rabbi judge him like that. Ans i doubt it that MJ wanted this book out. MJ was a very private person and the conversations were very private. It was more like MJ thought he was talking to a cousellor or a therapist. It is common nowadays that therapists tape their patient's conversations. But as many others, this "rabbi" was NO friend of Michael. He doesn not even respect MJ's wishes.

The book was very dissapointing. The only interesting parts where MJ was talking because you can see MJ honesty and his deep love and loneliness.

I wonder how this man calls himself to be a follower of God when he doesn't even follow the commandments and God's message. That's a scandal to me! I think the one who needs repent in this Shmuley because it is he who is seeking fame and celebrity. He goes saying in the book that people should not make themselves idols or gods or create a perception of a "messiah". And that MJ was trying to make himself a "messiah". I think the one who is doing so is him, because it is him (shmuley) who is seeking to be a celebrity and have fame.

Shame on him!!

I'm sure he did not have MJ's permission to publish this book. If so MJ would have published it himself in the 9 years he was still alive. The rabbi took the perfect opportunity to publish this now, because MJ is dead and he would make profit. Also he created the perspective that he was going to talk postively about MJ, to make fans buy the book, but all he does is judge negatively!

angelwings   September 29th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

This crap is making me sick peaople will do or say ing thing for 15 mins of fame............STOP THE CRAP AND LEAVE MICHEAL ALONE...........HE HAD TO PUT UP WITH THIS CRAP ALL HIS LIFE LEAVE HIM BE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE IT A REST

lola   September 29th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

Rabi Schmuckley is a disgrace to Rabis everywhere

simba   September 29th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Any young person who saw Madonna's touching speech at the VMAs would probably be unaware of what she was like during the period MJ speaks about on the tapes.

Madonna is a marketing genius, able to re-imagine her public persona to go with the times. When she was dating MJ, she presented herself to the world as whorish, with an obsession with kinky sex. She even published a book with photos of her naked in public places, and involved in orgiastic activities with both males and females. She wanted to take MJ to a strip club that featured cross-dressers, but he absolutely would not go. Not exactly the kind of girl MJ would take home to Katherine!

Madonna and MJ later fell out and she dissed him publicly, but MJ never said a negative word about her, even though he was aware that she had jealousy issues relating to his popularity. He was even reluctant to use her name on a tape recording that surely he never imagined would see the light of day.

Bottom line Michael Jackson would not have put this material into a book. He was too kind. It's totally against his character. This so-called rabbi is just another opportunistic liar. (And kudos to Madonna for her classy response to this dreck.)

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

I think,its very bad,what this rabbi dooing.Give out very personal thoughs of Michael.I casnt believe,Michael was gonna doo a book about this,speacheli,couse the tapes are 8 years old.I am not gonna by,and i hope,other peaples not gonna by it eider.This rabbi will be forgatten fast.Wright now i feel sory for Madonna,she was very nice with her speach after all of the garbage,what the media trow.I dont know,what was in the past bad betvin Michael and Madonna,but this was very rute from this rabby to tell the whole world this,couse Michael not only said.Madonna is not nice,but he said,she is jallus.I think,its about talent.Madonna got fames by sexualety,Michael got fames being very talented.Olso,what he said,how hes father was torture hem,i dont know,if he whant the world to know that,couse he never said this way,what happend,and now he is not here to say,he whant this book,or not.This rabbi defenetly after money.What i hear on this tapes,brake my heart.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

Maria,i think,TI stile didnt sound,like a yung person at all.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

MourningMJ...... I am not getting into that again... The Movie will reveal alot...
I am looking at all this with reasoning.... Dead or alive... What is being accomplished here... If we love Michael... Listen to all he said on all interviews...... If Michael was alive then and we heard the Tapes... the real truth... what would you think of Michael Then...

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Yes Simba.If he didnt say a word,whenn all of this happend,why would he say it now?I dont think so eider!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

I like to remain Mysterious... Your not going to figure me out...

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

Mary u,you are wright up to a point,that if its all redy out,just lissen,and got to understand hem.But the other side of the storie,that maybe this things was hes secrets,and now this rabbi made the whole wrold to hear it.
Did he say negative comments?I thoughd,the media tvisted around,what the rabbi said.

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Maybe Michael was not naive,just its hard to finde the correcxt friende,whann everybody is a snake around hem.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Stu,Hungary.... The Media has been doing that twisting words of Michaels and what the rabbi says... We Know that... We just don't need to give the Media more to talk about....

karen   September 29th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

hello fellow blogers
if you take a good look at the so called robbi face
you will see satan written across his face

and after larry king live tonight you will see written all over him by mj
in bold capital letters YOU ARE LAIR AND A THIEF

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

I had wrong friends in my life that were are envious of me.. cause of what i accomplished... i am sure the same for you and everyone else.... Media they are envious of Michael and the people that meant something to him....But we all at some point have take advantage of us.... Michael was no different... That's the kind of person Michael was......Is.....He wanted to help everyone and give them a chance...

Lilly   September 29th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

Unfortunately Michael is not here to say whether he intended for his most personal conversations and thoughts with Boteach to be published in a book., we will never know. The fact that he and Michael had a falling out leads me to believe that Michael was not okay with him publishing a book about his most inner thoughts. It is a shame that yet another person that Michael trusted is out there making a buck and betraying his "friend". You have to ask yourself, who can be trusted if a man who portrays himself to be a spiritual leader can betray that trust by publishing this book. Can anyone imagine not being able to trust anyone, not even a Rabbi, what kind of chance did Michael have in trying to heal. You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. Boteach.

solty   September 29th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

I will watch tonight [ though I don't agree with the subject] but the reason I will watch is to see what the rabbi says about Michael then express my outrage over it. These people who claimed to be Michaels friends need the fans to let them know we won't allow them to get on tv and trash our beloved MJ!

VICKI   September 29th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

Please refrain from identifying Boteach as a friend, confidant, spiritual advisor of Michael Jackson. He was a miserable failure at all three. Michael's words I can deal with although I do not think they should have been released. I will not pass judgement on Michael's words because Michael is not here to defend or to explain what he meant. Many years have passed since those conversations and Michael has had many more experiences from which to have perhaps a different perspective on life. If the book was meant to be written to help children, I imagine Michael would have wanted to edit a lot of what he said, because some of the conversations did not contribute to that particular goal. Boteach's words I can do without.

shine   September 29th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Mr. Larry King and staff on CNN and Larry King Live. Good day! I am a huge Michael Jackson fan and I just want to ask this, I'd say, one of the very important questions about boteach schmuley's book about MJ. WHY IS IT THE PICTURE ON HIS BOOK COVER IS NOT MJ IF HIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE King of Pop Michael Jackson? I have a proof that it is not any of Michael Jackson's picture, IT IS THE WAX FIGURE OF MJ BEING DISPLAYED AT MADAM TUSSAUDS IN LONDON, YOU..YOU....! GRRRRR! I DON'T WANT TO SWEAR because I respected Michael Jackson so much!

Dee in Canada   September 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Bioeach loves to be on TV no matter the issue... but what a betrayal. This is all about Boteach making money. I hope his other clients take note. He is an opportunist. Just say "NO!" to his book and leave it alone.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

anyone hungry for real Michael books – amazon has:
Michael Jackson: Visual Documentary Memorial: the Official Tribute Edition (Paperback)
by Adrian Grant (Author), Michael Jackson (Author)
Covering from the birth of Michael Jackson upon to the present day, the book provides a complete record of Michael Jackson's moves, grooves, music, albums, family, history, and more. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, the book also details Jackson's records, concerts, videos, awards, interviews, quotes, public appearances, his family, fascinating memorabilia and details of rare Michael Jackson records, and much more.

now that is more like it – buy the positive – boycott the negative – vote with your wallets!

Carlene Sweeney   September 29th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I think from listening to some of those tape recordings you can see and feel the depth and soul of a true and kind human being speaking form his heart.

gigi   September 29th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

Here's a letter I sent to Shmuley via his website.

Hi Shmuley, My name is Gigi Moore I am 28 yrs old Christian woman.

Just bought a great book, I apologize it wasn't yours. I bought Michael's Opus instead. I have also bought and have already read the book by Aphrodite Jones, Geraldine Hughes, and watch the documentary footage by Larry Nimmer, who was the witness for the defense in 2005 and provided the virtual tour for the jury, allowed by the judge I might add.

Quick question what did you do with that $100,000 you stole from the Heal the Kids charity? A lot of people have been asking that question. I would like to know as well.

I pray that you will come to know that you contributed to the pain towards Michael and the ones you are now hurting are his 3 children. Just to let you know that Michael did speak with a Christian Pastor and did accept Jesus. The Pastor publicly stated that he is confident that Michael know the Lord. And I thank God that their was a Christian in his life and that this pastor shared the Gospel of Jesus with Michael upon Michael's request. Michael knew this pastor from the 90's and worked with him on several of his songs. "Man in the Mirror", "Will You Be There", "the invincible album, and Michael wanted to work with this pastor again. They were working on 2 unreleased songs that were to be on his "This Is It" album. And the pastor met with Michael twice, 3 weeks before he passed away.

So I am joyful, at peace and thankful because my prayer was confirmed for me.

God Bless,

Amy   September 30th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I think the fact that Scmuley didn't publish before Michael's death makes it highly suspicious. Could be Michael didn't give his permission after the "taping".

Also, it's been 9 years. Michael's thinking could have changed.

Schmuley should not have released something "taped" 9 years ago without seeking the interviewee's permission. Michael has no chance to defend himself or edit it to reflect his current thinking.

Zena Jones   September 30th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I have never commented online before but I have to let someone know how appalled I am that Rabbi Shmuley (Michaels Jackson's so called friend) has released to the public tapes of their conversations (as freinds). How offensive and disrespectful Rabbi Shmuley's behavior is. How dare you talk about the wrongs of anyone else in Michael Jackson's life. Rabbi Shmuley needs to shut up and go somewhere and ask for God's forgiveness.

Zena Jones   September 30th, 2009 12:26 am ET

I have never commented online before but I have to let someone know how appalled I am that Rabbi Shmuley (Michaels Jackson's so called friend) has released to the public tapes of their conversations (as freinds). How offensive and disrespectful Rabbi Shmuley's behavior is. How dare you talk about the wrongs of anyone else in Michael Jackson's life. Rabbi Shmuley needs to shut up and go somewhere and ask for God's forgiveness. What sinful behavior!!!!!!

amiel lindenbaum   September 30th, 2009 1:31 am ET

Wow,! You villify the Rabbi's motives but don't listen to his message.
For those fans, they should be happy that Michael's own words can be heard. The Rabbi does this country a service to bring to light our misguided infatuation with celeberity. He is doing God's work.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 30th, 2009 2:33 am ET

What a nice holiday I am going to have with all the Shmuley stuff. I am glad I am taping LKL's this coming week, 7 in a row.


As I said before, I don't endorse the publication for the reason Michael is no longer here to edit, if he would have wanted that, and most of all, and as a fellow JEW I accuse the rabbi of breaking the confidentiality code (Rabbi, if you want shall we both approach your actions halachically, and see if you are still right?), but Gigi, unfortunately all those Christians in Michael's life, including Andrae Crouch, did not seek medical help for him either and apparently didn't keep him from taking OD's. I wish Michael would have pointed himself more activally towards Jesus and I agree with the rabbi when he says he lacked having regular fellowships with others (like he had e.g. with the Jehova Witnesses) . Two of his former producers who wrote an very nice and long piece of him in one of the more serious media, said they never heard the word Jesus in his house. I know it was in Michael's heart, but I guess he would have needed more structure in this. Instead of keeping on taping, the rabbi would have done a better job by bringing in a Christian pastor.

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium.   September 30th, 2009 2:34 am ET

RABBI BOTEAC SHMULEY said he was a friend of Michael Jackson and a sprituel adviser for Michael for years, during Michael lifetime. How dam such friend do that to Michael after his dead and what kind of Rabbi he is for doing such garbigde chantage however the raison is he is just a kind of criminal who wants to kill Michael for the seconde time after his dead.
Michael would never wanted to die young and Michael love life very much,
and what Rabbi said that Michael won't to live old is an unfair. He made up certainly that story of the tape for the book being sold out succesfully. He is just a number of persons who the same as another one who like someone else who did very well chatage to Michael Jackson, by taking his advantage for the money after Michael dead. GO to HELL Rabbi, let Michael alone and sleep in peace. He is not a good sprituel adviser at all for Michael as he was not even able to help Michael to survive, moreover that he like to kill Michael again now for his own interest, for the seconde time after his dead. What kind of a RABBI you are even said that Michael won't to live old?? Michael like to live forever, it is proved on HIS interview with Martin Bashir on #living with Michael Jackson ep5#. Well I don;t like what happened with Martin Bazir interviews either but it is proved on this interview that Michael wants to live forever and that RABBI is a lie and not telling the truth while creating another story for his own interest. We love you MJ, more and more very much and we standing by you for whatever your unfaithful friends are not loyal to you and like talk whatever he wants about you. Mj you are the best one and the only one in this world, as you living always in our hearts, forever. GBU.

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium.   September 30th, 2009 2:45 am ET

On that video Michael said # I want to live FOREVER# that is the prove that Michael wouldn't die so young, like life and like to live with us forever.
Schumely, you are really a very STUPID RABBI. GO to HELL.

Debbie Totten   September 30th, 2009 3:24 am ET

The jew boy needs money

melissa   September 30th, 2009 3:28 am ET

i think thats very wrong of this rabbi to reveal these tapes of him and micheal talking about his private life. if you are a priest or pastor or whoever that conversation is between you and the pastor or priest and god . ask yourself this who can you trust besides god nobody...

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 7:22 am ET

Debbie Totten
we do not need ant-semitic slurs again Schmuley. Michael would be appalled

Irene   September 30th, 2009 8:32 am ET

I have mixed feelings.

In the end, I think it is good that the public SEES more about Michael now, and how he felt. All of this is presented as ' new', but us fans knew all of this already (old interviews – moonwalk). Most of it.
And, I think Michael was VERY aware, when it was taped, that someday it would come out... I think he wanted it to come out.... He wanted to be heard, and to be understood. Yeah, this rabbi might have different agendas – like money making – but what if he also wants to tell the truth about Michael..?

Irene   September 30th, 2009 8:41 am ET

"I want to live forever", can also mean 'avoiding the subject'.

I think Michael was right when he said: other people would have been dead right now.. He KNEW he was damaged and fragile....
I mean, 50 he probably would never have expected... but Michael KNEW he wasnt going to be very old. I think...

solty   September 30th, 2009 11:31 am ET

The way I see it the rabbi is just another opportunist trying to jump on the gravytrain and profit off of MJs death. They were not friends because the rabbi stole money that MJ donated to charity. I don't think we'll ever find out where the money went, probably into the rabbis own pocket. I hope the Jackson estate sues sues SUES!

Stacey   September 30th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

After listening to some of the tapes on LKL I couldn't really feel anything but hurt....... Just to know that all he really wanted was to be loved and to have a true friend really breaks my heart.....Yes everything that they played I already knew about Michael, but reading something and hearing something come from the person's mouth is totally different.....I don't think people really understand how lonely Michael really was.........That's why I am so glad he had a chance to have his children, because he didn't have to do anything for them to love him, they just loved him because he is their dad and he loved them just as much.....(Prince, Paris, and Blanket was the best thing to ever happen to him)........ He said in the tapes that yes he wanted to be a entertainer, but he wanted it to be loved.....To me that's sad....That stems from his childhood or lack there of......... And I don't have any doubts in my mind that Michael was beaten and that took a huge toll on him.........

I watched one of the specials, I believe it was on E about Michael after his death and in one interview with Gladys Knight she said "we loved him and we still do love him, but look at what we did" That line has never left my head since I hear her say it....... I won't speak for everyone, but I know that there are some people that only love Michael because he is Michael Jackson The King of Pop........But if you look beyond that you can see a great down to earth human....... A person with feelings and emotions....

Although I still feel as if this book is a way for Shmuley to make money off of Michael, but that doesn't mean that what he is saying doesn't make sense........I feel as if there are still so many people blinded by his celebrity that they can't see how Michael really felt....That they can't believe that a person that had everything can be that lonely.......... Having everything can only do so much....... Like he said all he wanted was to be loved......... But unfortunately because he was only loved for his celebrity he was like a cage animal locked in and nobody had the key....... He had so many people that surrounded him that just wanted the $$$$ and to be able to say "I'm Michael Jackson's friend"........But how many of them can honestly say they truly loved Michael..... I bet on only a select few........... One of the things that I do agree with Shmuley on is that the world has mourn a celebrity, but we haven't mourned Michael as a person............. So lets start today and mourn the lost of a great human being...........

I've said it before that Michael Jackson "The King of Pop" at first is who I feel in love with, but Michael the human being is why I love him to this day and as I sit here and write this...........

Michael may you rest in peace and know that there are still some people down here that truly love you..............

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