MJ's family used him for money, reveals new book
An explosive new biography has revealed how Michael Jackson's family used the King of Pop for money.
Journalist Randall Sullivan's shocking new book, "Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson," out this week, exposes MJ's terror of kin and friends, New York Post reported.
In one instance in 2001, two tribute concerts were planned at Madison Square Garden for Jackson's 30th anniversary in music.
And the Jackson family demanded 250,000 dollars each to attend, even those who would just be there to watch the show.
When Michael's brother Jermaine learned that his brother would be making as much as 10 million dollars from the two shows, he convinced his parents that Michael should pay the three of them another 500,000 dollars apiece.
Jermaine and his father Joe drew up a contract and, with mother Katherine in tow, chased Michael around California to try to get him to sign.
To escape from them Michael took refuge for several days at the house of his friend Marc Schaffel, co-producer of the event.
After hiding out from his family for several days, Michael stopped at the Neverland Ranch with his kids to pick up a few items before the trip to New York. Almost as soon as he arrived, his family turned up at the gate.
Michael tried to have them sent away, the book reports, but they claimed that his mother needed to use the restroom.
But as soon as Joe and Jermaine were through the gate, they drove to the main house and pushed their way inside.
"They literally ransacked the place" searching for Michael to get him to sign the contracts.
The singer, meanwhile, "retreated with the kids to a hiding place concealed behind a secret door at the back of his bedroom closet."
In tears, he called Schaffel and cried, "You see what they do to me? Do you understand . . . why I hide from them?"
His family weren't the only ones whose love was for sale. Jackson's "good friend" Marlon Brando, whom the singer took acting lessons from for years, charged him 1 million dollars for his rambling video tribute - an awful investment, it turned out, since the Madison Square Garden crowd wound up booing Brando's nonsensical ramblings.