Once again reality collides with Michael Jackson’s personal world bubble. In his recent interview on 60 Minutes, he made a number of claims that are manifestly false:

“They were supposed to go in, and just check fingerprints, and do the whole thing that they do when they take somebody in. They manhandled me very roughly. My shoulder is dislocated, literally. It’s hurting me very badly. I’m in pain all the time. This is, see this arm? This is as far as I can reach it. Same with this side over here.”

The police, however, have pretty convincing evidence to the contrary:

“Mr. Jackson was treated with courtesy and professionalism throughout the arrest and booking process,” according to a statement posted yesterday afternoon on Sheriff James Anderson’s official Web site, sbsheriff.org.

“Both his attorney and his personal security thanked the Sheriff’s Department for the level of cooperation and professionalism demonstrated throughout the process.”

“I am not saying he did not dislocate his shoulders, but as he walked out of the jail, he raised both shoulders giving peace signs to media,” [Retired Sheriff Jim] Thomas said. “Both arms; no wince of pain or anything else. It does not connect with me.

Also, and this is pretty important, the police videotaped the entire booking process. It was also witnessed by about 20 people, including some inmates. That wasn’t the only mistreatment Jackson alleged, either:

MICHAEL JACKSON: Then one time, I asked to use the restroom. And they said, “Sure, it’s right around the corner there.” Once I went in the restroom, they locked me in there for like 45 minutes. There was doo doo, feces thrown all over the walls, the floor, the ceiling. And it stunk so bad. Then one of the policemen came by the window. And he made a sarcastic remark. He said, “Smell — does it smell good enough for you in there? How do you like the smell? Is it good?” And I just simply said, “It’s alright. It’s okay.” So, I just sat there, and waited.

ED BRADLEY: For 45 minutes?

MICHAEL JACKSON: Yeah, for 45 minutes. About 45 minutes. And then — then one cop would — come by, and say, “Oh, you’ll be out in — in a second. You’ll be out in a second.” Then there would be another ten minutes added on, then another 15 minutes added on. They did this on purpose.

First of all, his booking only lasted 35 minutes total, so that 45 minutes is obviously exaggerated. Did Michael have a watch with him in the bathroom? I doubt it. The condition of the bathroom itself is also highly suspect:

“There are no bathrooms like that there. Jails don’t smell that great, but there would not be a bathroom with stuff like that on the sides and floors.”

Regarding the search of his property at Neverland Ranch, Jackson is apparently extremely miffed that the police, well, searched:

“My room is a complete wreck. . .And they had 80 policemen in this room, 80 policemen in one bedroom. That’s really overdoing it. They took knives, and cut open my mattresses with knives. . . I’m not sure what they took. They never gave me a list. . . They had the whole house to themselves to do whatever they wanted. And — they totally took advantage. They went into areas they weren’t supposed to go into — like my office. They didn’t have search warrants for those places.”

Lemme ‘splain something to you, Michael. A search warrant entitles search of the entire property for which it’s issued. If your ranch was on that warrant (which it was), the police can go wherever they damn well feel like to search it. There’s no such thing as “places they’re not supposed to go.”

Cutting up mattresses in sex cases is pretty routine, because a mattress can contain physical evidence (blood, semen) that may be used against the suspect in a trial.

The claim of 80 policemen in one room is ridiculous. Unless Jackson has a bedroom the size of the Santa Clara convention center, 80 cops in one room would get in each other’s way. They wouldn’t be able to search because they’d be too busy elbowing each other.

As to the accusation that he was not provided with a list of the seized items:

“Someone was given a list. If they had not, you’d hear [Jackson's lawyer] Geragos screaming about it.”

Perhaps Michael himself has not seen that list. But that doesn’t mean one was not provided. California law requires a list of items seized in a search warrant to be provided, and there’s no reason not to do so in this case. Plus, as pointed out, if that were true, plenty more people than Jackson would be screeching about it.

So what do we have here? Is Michael Jackson consciously lying in order to make himself out to be the victim that he so loves being? Or is all of this true within the confines of his own little, warped world?

It may all be a matter of perception. Jackson claims that his mugshot and booking was an attempt to belittle and humiliate him. Of course, everybody who gets arrested goes through that same process, but he’s Michael Jackson. Isn’t he entitled to special treatment because he’s rich and famous? Of course not. Being arrested is not supposed to be a dignified event. A little humility is certainly warranted, and perhaps some shame that one has come to the police’s attention, depending on what one is being arrested for.

I’m sure that the jail restroom is not the nicest place in the world. It’s probably old and abused, with fixtures that need to be replaced and/or walls that need to be repainted. It probably smells pretty unpleasant. In short, a far cry from the sort of restroom Michael Jackson is accustomed to using.

But feces smeared on the walls? C’mon. And I don’t believe the accusation that the cops locked him in there and mocked him. A case this high-profile is going to make police be on their best behavior. I’m sure most of them are completely professional the rest of the time, but for this arrestee in particular, they’re not going to do anything to bring attention to themselves or give the public a reason to criticize them. They even videotaped the whole thing.

Now granted, none of this means that Michael Jackson is guilty of the crimes of which he is charged. But a person’s credibility is of vital importance in situations where the only witnesses were the suspect and the victim. Jackson has established here (or re-established, for some of you) that he is not a credible person and cannot be trusted to accurately convey reality.

If Jackson really believes he was mistreated the way he claims, then other aspects of his personal witness must also be suspect. Is he in denial? About more than just his treatment at the hands of the Santa Barbara police? Time will tell.

UPDATE:

Anderson played portions of the video and audio tape capturing parts of Jackson’s transport from Neverland Ranch and his arrival at the sheriff’s office in a private chartered jet. His handcuffing was also shown on video.

But the sheriff said he was treating Jackson’s televised accusation as a formal citizen’s complaint against the department, and as such he has launched a state investigation into the matter.

If the singer’s allegations are found to be untrue after the probe, Anderson said he’ll file a complaint against Jackson for making a groundless accusation against an officer.

Good for them. They shouldn’t let such slander go unpunished. There is also some video available at Fox News.

21 Responses to “Michael Jackson: Liar”
  1. Leo says:

    Oh,

    And most holding cells have a sink/toilet combination, so the whole locked in the bathroom thing could very well have been him in the holding cell.

  2. Anne Haight says:

    It occurs to me also that I seriously doubt that the bathrooms at the jail even have locks on the doors. For a room to be lockable from the outside, such that someone could accidentally lock themselves in and be trapped, is a violation of fire codes, among other things.

  3. anonymous says:

    While some very interesting & valid points were made here, I have to say this…

    It is my personal opinion that no one knows what really took place…just like the Kobe Bryant case. However, most people are quick to point fingers at MJ because he’s different from the norm. VERY different. He is biologically an African-American man who has altered his features to an extreme. His sexuality is questionable. His mental & emotional state are even more questionable. However, he does not fit the profile of a pedophile/child abuser.

    Believe me, I am a psychiatrist who treats sex offenders & I’m not just talking textbook cases. Most pedophiles are, in reality, seemingly well-adjusted, “normal” men (and occasionally women too). The other types of pedophiles I’ve treated have been crossdressers who molested children. Bottom line: child abusers come from all walks of life. Do I believe MJ is guilty of this? My gut says “no.” I believe this is a case of a troubled, emotionally disturbed man with the mind of a child. He might be unbalanced, but a child abuser he is not.

    These people are clearly trying to profit off of him. What’s more, they are doing so in the worst way possible: making false accusations of pedophilia & encouraging their young son, whom Jackson has been so supportive of, to do the same. Nothing is worse than a parent who encourages a child to lie about something as serious as sexual abuse. Myth: most children immediately report rape/abuse. Fact: most victims keep silent for fear of people’s reaction. The minute they received their so-called “hush money” they backed off. I wonder why…maybe because they’re lying? They have a history of fraud & scams. That poor little boy is being victimized by his parents, not by MJ. And since I have also worked with abused kids I can say that some quack therapists have a way of distorting their minds & muddling the facts.

    As for what happened at the jail…none of us were there, so we don’t know for sure. This is my theory, however. MJ might have been treated ok…until he walked into the jail. Then, once there were no witnesses or cameras around, they decided to rough him up. After all, I’m assuming these are mostly white males, cops who dislike blacks, homosexuals, pedophiles or anyone who seems “abnormal.” They couldn’t beat him up ( there would be too much evidence), so they just did as much as they could get away with…they belittled & humiliated him. Do I believe they handled him too roughly, causing his arm to be dislocated? Yes. Do I believe he was forced to use a lavatory with shit-covered walls while an officer of the law taunted him? You betcha. Why? Because although he’s a celebrity, he’s different and when you’re different in America you’re subject to ridicule & mistreatment…no matter how much money you have. He’s a soft-voiced black man with white skin who lives in a dreamworld. He’s different. He’s strange. But that does not mean he is guilty of these accusations in any way, shape or form.

  4. ryan says:

    you know what i think, micheal should get off his fucking high horse and realize that he is not the king of the world and should be treated like shit while being aressted just like every one else. i don’t believe that he was treated that way. it is all just a crock of shit.

  5. neek says:

    I saw when this took place when the sheriff showed the video tape and stuff. I am a Michael Jackson fan. But check dis they showed video of Michael getting off his plane shaking hands and getting in to a car. You heard audio tape of him whistling. So you can’t say its proof that they didn’t harm him. They showed that and the audio and thats it. But What happened when Michael got inside? maybe thats where it took place. Show that tape. BIACH.

  6. neek says:

    I saw when this took place when the sheriff showed the video tape and stuff. I am a Michael Jackson fan. But check dis they showed video of Michael getting off his plane shaking hands and getting in to a car. You heard audio tape of him whistling. So you can’t say its proof that they didn’t harm him. They showed that and the audio and thats it. But What happened when Michael got inside? maybe thats where it took place. Show that tape. BIACH.

  7. MJ is Queer says:

    Michael Jackson has a feces fetish and had a fantasy about it surrounded by strong men in uniforms while in jail.

    Michael is a coprophagiac.

  8. Miss Michael Jackson says:

    I feel the need for a good piece of monkey butt.

    BUBBLES! Come here and bend over.

  9. Michael Jackson's Lawyers says:

    I am one of the lawyers that represented Michael Jackson. When is that dipshit going to pay us?

  10. Reality says:

    Get over it, f’loons. Wacko went looking for some tough convict shit and probably licked under the rim of the toilet to find it. He was in his glory. He even saved some under his fingernails for later. Don’t think so? Then explain to me why an adult male needs a toilet every three minutes if he doesn’t have a shit fetish. Or does his manpon need tightening so quickly? He needs to get custom fitted for an ass plug, apparently.

  11. Gavin Arviso says:

    Miss Michael Jackson really did molest me, well he sorta did anyway. He always pulled my sheet down and checked my temperature with his mouth. He said if it was just right some ice cream would come out of the thermometer. Well he really must have liked ice cream because he checked my termperature A LOT.

  12. macj jim allan Mbaziira says:

    i just feel sorry for those kids who were molested by that hungry sex lion .Honestly i think not everyone out there hated michael .Some how someof these issue published about him should be tue for one reason , he would have sued everyone who said image turnishing stuff about him but he prefered to down play every thing knowing everything said about him was true. He was not clear about his religius status , something that suggests that he was adubius person.That guy was a damn pissoff public image

  13. mena says:

    michael jackson was not child molester and he suffered because he didnt do it he was proven not guilty wow and now everyone misses him the wow poor man

  14. imran says:

    i love you Micheal

  15. guven uzumcu says:

    I am a eatern european lived in usa for coupel of years. In usa, when you touch a kid, or when you show love, peopel will clal you pedophilie. However, in my culture, we can stroke kids of others, we exhibit love and it doesnt mean we are pdeophilie.

    I think it is jsut the concept of american societ which is crooked. If someoen slept with kids in the same bedroom, it means he is pedaophilie..

    noooo, your mind and perseption is crooked :)

  16. Sheila May says:

    Michael Jackson would always be the King of Pop. He is one of the greatest figures in the pop music industry and we will never forget about him

  17. Nickolas Fallenstein says:

    I started to enjoy MIchael Jackson a lot lately. I wish i would have done that before he died :( . RIP

  18. Jeremy Weaber says:

    I really miss Michael Jackson. He is truly the greatest pop singer of the century. Farewell king of pop..

  19. dee hamilton says:

    it seems everyone has their opinion of the type of person michael was but i bet every single one of you had an almost perfect childhod. do you know what its like to look back and see nothing but pain and loneliness? probably not. i understand that michael searched his whole life for love and acceptance. im still looking. if any of you lot were abused as children then you would know that you would give your life to protect another child from going through the same pain. unless you can truly understand then what gives you the right to judge him/ GET A LIFE YOU LOT

  20. Edge says:

    Rip mj. All allegations are crap to pull him down but nothing gonna happen against the big name. Haterz go eat shit.

  21. Shanella says:

    I feel really sorry for the poor King of Pop! He should have peed into that nasty officer’s face! Also if Michael had been locked in, why couldn’t he have simply broken the door down???!!! I would have done it, had it been me!
    I could have killed those nasty cops for what they did to my poor Michael Jackson!

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