Whether you like it or not, fans will get a cinematic look at Michael Jackson's last few weeks of life in a new TV series overseen by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
Abrams will put a visual to Tavis Smiley’s book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, which details the last 16 weeks of MJ's life before his tragic passing. According to The Fact, the book – which is out today (June 20) – "focusses on the artist’s constant search for privacy."
No word when the TV series will air, but news of the inspired television series arrives on the same day that police reports detailing Jackson's alleged pornography collection surface. Tabloid site RadarOnline released an 88-page document today which cites picture books, magazines and videos "containing images of nude and semi-nude children located during a raid at Jackson's Neverland Ranch," among other things, Billboard reports. There's also reportedly visuals of animal sacrifice.
"Some of the documents appear to be copies of reports that were authored by Sheriff's Office personnel as well as evidentiary photographs taken by Sheriff's Office personnel interspersed with content that appears to be obtained off the internet or through unknown sources," a representative of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in an email to Billboard. "The Sheriff's Office did not release any of the documents and/or photographs to the media. The Sheriff's Office released all of its reports and the photographs as part of the required discovery process to the prosecution and the defense."
The rep continued: "The documents with a header titled Sheriff's Department that contain a case number appear to be Sheriff's Office documents. The photos that are interspersed appear to be some evidentiary photos taken by Sheriff's investigators and others are clearly obtained from the Internet."
Jackson's estate responded to the claims, denying it entirely. Their statement reads:
Seven years ago this coming Saturday, the world lost an amazing artist and humanitarian devoted to helping children in need in all corners of the world. Michael Jackson's fans, including the Executors of his estate, prefer to remember the wonderful gifts Michael left behind instead of having to once again see his good name dragged through the mud by tabloid trash.
Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara calls "content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through unknown sources" is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael's passing. Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael via sleazy internet 'click bait' ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on every one of the 14 salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch hunt.
Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life even though he isn't here to defend himself. Enough is enough.
The Estate of Michael Jackson