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June 28, 2009 | Scott Collins and Meg James
This is a critical moment for TMZ, the celebrity website overseen by lawyer and former KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Harvey Levin. The 4-year-old website last week broke its biggest story yet -- the death of Michael Jackson -- following up with scoops and rumors about the singer's alleged drug habit, audio of the initial 911 call from his rented mansion, and news of what it suggested was a brewing fight over custody of his children.
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April 20, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Last year, Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG weathered a major corporate shake-up, endured a six-month trial spotlighting its role in the last days of Michael Jackson and fell short in its efforts to bring L.A. a pro football team. Even so, the company - owner of Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team - seems to be on the rebound. Although AEG has taken a decidedly low profile in Southern California in recent months, the company has seen most of its worldwide operations surge.
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November 7, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jermaine Jackson says he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life. In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.
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April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his first two children, is engaged to be married again.  Rowe has said "I will" to Marc Schaffel, TMZ reports, three weeks after he proposed. She'd initially declined, the site said Thursday, because she thought she had terminal cancer. After finding out Wednesday that her diagnosis was actually the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, she changed her mind. No wedding date has been set yet, she said. The 55-year-old Palmdale resident met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, according to ABC News , and their friendly relationship evolved over time.
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September 14, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Michael Jackson is the $20-million corporate spokesman who won't speak. "Protect me. . . . Don't let them ask me any questions," Jackson whispered Wednesday morning to a top executive from L.A. Gear, moments after the enigmatic pop star told a Hollywood Palladium full of reporters that he was "very happy" to be a part of the L.A. Gear team. By next spring, Jackson will be starring in L.A. Gear commercials. In the meantime he will help design and market a new line of L.A. Gear shoes.
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December 18, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal marshals seized a grand piano and an aged Rolls-Royce on Thursday from the Encino home of entertainer Michael Jackson's parents to satisfy part of a $1.3-million default judgment. "This is a tempest in a teapot," said Brian Oxman, attorney for Joseph and Katherine Jackson. He said the seizure was illegal because the couple were not served with court papers before the default judgment was obtained. Besides, he said, "the piano belongs to Michael, not his parents.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
When he died, Michael Jackson had a cocktail of anti-depressant and mood drugs in his system as well as a level of the anesthetic propofol typical of a patient undergoing major surgery. The revelation came during testimony Monday in the lawsuit Jackson's mother and children have filed against AEG, the entertainment giant that was promoting the singer's comeback concert series in London when he died. Dr. Christopher Rogers, the Los Angeles County deputy medical examiner, testified that after toxicology tests found Jackson had used propofol, he consulted with an anesthesiologist.
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June 27, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
In sometimes emotional testimony, Michael Jackson's nephew on Thursday said that his uncle had inspired him to “be ambitious, be giving, be loving, be honest and to make your mark on the world.” Asked about his relationship with his uncle, TJ Jackson lowered his head and was silent for several seconds. "He was just everything," he said, wiping away tears. TJ Jackson said his uncle came to his aid after his mother was killed when he was 16. "...my world crumbled and my uncle Michael saved it. He was there.
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March 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Last summer Timbaland revealed he had been tapped to produce a new posthumous Michael Jackson album. The Grammy award-winning producer and rapper didn't offer many details, except the project was being helmed by Epic Records head L.A. Reid and that he had “a lot of unreleased” material to work with. As part of his Timbaland Thursday series of free tunes, the producer unleashed a snippet of a remixed version of “Slave to the Rhythm.” A version of the previously unreleased track surfaced last year featuring Justin Bieber trading verses with the late King of Pop over a pulsating, and generic, Europop beat.
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October 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
With Wednesday's verdict that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable in the death of Michael Jackson, the singer's road to artistic redemption can move forward -- minus the depressing personal details. The trial's revelations of the civil suit filed by Jackson's mother and three children featured toxicology reports, airing in public Jackson's many dependency issues, stuff that has little to do with the glory of "Rock with You. " Outside Neverland, the King of Pop was quite mortal.
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March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
A new album will once again offer fans a glimpse as to what music lies inside the Michael Jackson vaults. On May 13, Sony's Epic Records will release "Xscape," a collection of eight, previously unreleased Jackson songs.  The album was executive produced by Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, who, according to a Sony press release, curated the album and decided on its final tracklist. A host of recognizable producers worked on the Jackson songs, including the project's lead producer, Timbaland.
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March 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Last summer Timbaland revealed he had been tapped to produce a new posthumous Michael Jackson album. The Grammy award-winning producer and rapper didn't offer many details, except the project was being helmed by Epic Records head L.A. Reid and that he had “a lot of unreleased” material to work with. As part of his Timbaland Thursday series of free tunes, the producer unleashed a snippet of a remixed version of “Slave to the Rhythm.” A version of the previously unreleased track surfaced last year featuring Justin Bieber trading verses with the late King of Pop over a pulsating, and generic, Europop beat.
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February 13, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
On June 19, 1984, 17-year-old Eric Evans donned a pair of "cooler-than-cool aviator sunglasses" and a sequined glove and strutted his stuff on stage. Evans had been studying Michael Jackson since he was 2 years old, and on that day he was vying to be represented by Ron Smith's Celebrity Look-Alikes. He was one of seven people the agency chose during the West Hollywood audition. He joined two dozen other Jackson look-alikes selected from more than 300 applicants in a seven-city search.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The spectacle that was Michael Jackson's life shows no signs of abating with his death. There was the conviction of the doctor who gave him the fatal overdose of a powerful anesthetic, battles over his will, attempts to remove the executors of his estate and the wrongful death suit against the promoter of his doomed comeback tour. Now, Jackson's estate is in the midst of a fight with the Internal Revenue Service. PHOTOS: Michael Jackson | 1958-2009 The agency has told Jackson's executors that the estate owes $505 million in taxes and an additional $197 million in penalties, for a total of more than $702 million.
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January 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Wondering where the grown-ups are in Justin Bieber's life? Well, his dad was with him Thursday, but in the wake of the singer's arrest on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license in Miami, manager Scooter Braun has briefly commented. "Been a long day," Braun said on Twitter late Thursday. "Bottom line is we are defined by how we handle adversity. Be there when it counts. Love fully in good times and bad. " Previously, he'd addressed a tweet directly to 19-year-old Bieber: "@justinbieber love you and i will act in the manner of someone who truly cares.
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January 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson's estate and Lloyd's of London have settled their lawsuit in which the insurer claimed it shouldn't have to pay $17.5 million on a tour cancellation policy after the singer died in June 2009. Jackson's estate countersued for breach of contract. Terms of the settlement are secret. “The estate, and, I'm sure Lloyd's, are glad the matter is resolved,” said Howard Weitzman,  an attorney for the Jackson side. Lloyd's claimed it did not have to pay because the singer did not reveal his drug use. Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered at his home by Dr. Conrad Murray, as he was about to embark on a comeback series of concerts in London.
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June 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
At the same time people involved in rehearsals for Michael Jackson's London concerts were saying he needed therapy, his business manager was asking the concert promoter for a $1 million advance for the cash-strapped singer and the chief executive of AEG Live thought Jackson might be preparing to breach his contract by not rehearsing. There already were worries that Jackson was missing rehearsals for his 50 concerts in London, when, on  June 19, 2009, six days before he died, Jackson was too weak to perform.
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May 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Five days before he died, Michael Jackson was in such a sorry mental state that the director of his ill-fated “This Is It”  concert series said he needed a psychiatric evaluation. Kenny Ortega sent the June 20, 2009, email to Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, which was putting on the 50 London concerts. He wrote “trouble at the front” in the email's subject line.  “I honestly don't think he is ready for this based on the continued physical weakening and deepening emotional state,” Ortega wrote.
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January 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A Los Angeles judge heard arguments Friday over her tentative ruling this week denying Katherine Jackson's request for a new trial against entertainment giant AEG Live in the death of her son, Michael Jackson. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos took the case under submission following the morning hearing, which came three months after jurors decided AEG was not responsible for Jackson's death. Palazuelos issued her tentative 44-page ruling Thursday. When the judge makes her final decision, the parties will have 30 days to file an appeal.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Paul McCartney is a lover, not a fighter. Wait, that was Michael Jackson. Well, it turns out that the same goes for Jackson's singing partner in the classic '80s hit "The Girl Is Mine. " And it's a good thing, too, or else things might have gotten ugly at Barclays Center, where he stopped by Monday night to watch the Brooklyn Nets stomp the Philadelphia 76ers. And, apparently, to get a free Nets T-shirt. Check out Sir Paul's reaction when they brought out the T-shirt cannons and one of the garments appeared to be headed in his direction.
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