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Michael Jackson unmasked (WACKO JACKO CAPTION TIME)
The Evening Standard ^ | November 14, 2002 | James Langton

Posted on 11/14/2002 10:30:56 AM PST by MadIvan

Michael Jackson was forced to reveal his ravaged face in public for the first time. A judge in a California court ordered him to remove his surgical mask before giving evidence in a multimillion dollar lawsuit over a cancelled concert appearance.

The singer arrived at the court wearing the trademark mask, which he believes protects him from germs and traffic fumes. When he removed the mask inside, the full toll of years of plastic surgery on his face were revealed.

Onlookers gasped at the sight of Jackson, whose nose was scarred and discoloured and covered with a clear plaster. His upper lip also appeared to be covered with scabs, with a beard covering his chin.

Jackson is being sued for £15 million by his former concert promoter Marcel Avram, who claims the singer pulled out of two millennium concerts. The promoter says Jackson also demanded £1.5 million in "production fees" for two more concerts in Seoul and Munich.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside the court in Santa Maria, 25 miles from Jackson's Neverland ranch. When trial judge Zel Canter asked him to state his full name he replied: "Michael Joseph Jackson."

At this point Jackson blew and tapped the microphone in front of him, causing members of the public - who are allowed into the court on a lottery system - to laugh. Later, he was grilled by Avram's lawyer, Louis "Skip" Miller, who said there were differences between his sworn testimony and his evidence on the witness stand.

After accusations that Jackson had not even bothered to rehearse for the performances, the singer revealed the details of his concert preparations. "I conceptualise everything," he said.

"I visualise what I want the concert to look like. I stand in front of the mirror in my bathroom and try out the dance moves. I don't do it in my bedroom because there are lots of games in there and they are noisy. It is a lot quieter in the bathroom.''

At times the 44-year-old star nodded his head backwards and forwards as if he was listening to music. He went on: "I have to have oxygen on stage because the weather is very humid in some of the countries I perform in. Wardrobe is also very important. If I rip a pair of pants, I have to have another pair."

Avram said Jackson suddenly backed out of the concerts. He said: "He was going to be paid $15 million for the concerts which was the biggest ever purse." Avram said he was phoned by two of Jackson's representatives and asked to fly to meeting at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. When he got there, he was told Jackson no longer wanted to have anything to do with the concerts. "I was shocked," said Avram. "I had worked the whole year to prepare for this and now he was saying 'no'.

However, Jackson said Avram cancelled the shows with a single phone call. When Miller suggested the call never happened, Jackson said he had a vivid memory of it. "I remember feeling a little bit upset because I was looking forward to doing the millennium shows. I was so excited about them that I told people in my organisation that we should reach the Guinness Book Of World Records because I felt that these would be the most-watched events of all time."

When Miller accused him of a "discrepancy" in his account, Jackson said his memory of events surrounding the concerts had improved. "It's not unusual for my mental clarity to be heightened," he said.

Jackson sued the Daily Mirror in 1998 after it claimed his face had been disfigured by plastic surgery and called him a "scarred phantom".

This is the one time I'll side with the Mirror - Ivan

The paper later apologised. Jackson says the whitening of his skin is caused by a medical condition called vitiligo.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: deformed; face; lawsuit; ugh; wackojacko
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The Standard claims to have exclusive pictures of, as the Sun calls him, "Wacko Jacko" - and so it's caption time:



Have at it, you lot. ;)

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 11/14/2002 10:30:57 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: BigWaveBetty; widgysoft; Da_Shrimp; BlueAngel; JeanS; schmelvin; MJY1288; terilyn; Ryle; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 11/14/2002 10:31:23 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Even if that was a stuff animal..it would scare the hell out of me..
3 posted on 11/14/2002 10:32:41 AM PST by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass
Is this better? ;)



Regards, Ivan

4 posted on 11/14/2002 10:34:18 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
If this dude wasn't a child molester, I swear I'd really feel sorry for him.
5 posted on 11/14/2002 10:35:36 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl
If this dude wasn't a child molester, I swear I'd really feel sorry for him.

I don't feel sorry for him. He made the choice to have plastic surgery, repeatedly, and just refused to stop.

Bill Cosby once said that a person who repeatedly had plastic surgery in spite of advancing years was a new kind of centaur, and the horse's arse is the fool having the surgery.

Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 11/14/2002 10:37:25 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Man what a freak show, I'll pass on the caption, can't stand it that long! I'm outta here! Blackbird.
7 posted on 11/14/2002 10:38:42 AM PST by BlackbirdSST
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To: MadIvan
I swear, that's what happened when Tito snatched the duck tape off my face!
8 posted on 11/14/2002 10:40:24 AM PST by mhking
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To: MadIvan
He RUINED his FACE! Through all those silly Hollywood surgeries.

He's not afraid of germs. He's afraid of the world seeing his face! Well, they have now

9 posted on 11/14/2002 10:40:31 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
He RUINED his FACE! Through all those silly Hollywood surgeries.

Absolutely. He's also financially ruined apparently.

There's a book in there somewhere. I won't read it, however.

Regards, Ivan

10 posted on 11/14/2002 10:42:45 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Just another highly talented entertainer who's messed themselves up.
11 posted on 11/14/2002 10:45:11 AM PST by fella
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To: mhking
I swear, that's what happened when Tito snatched the duck tape off my face!

He should yank harder next time, maybe Michael's face would be totally erased then and he could start over. ;)

Regards, Ivan

12 posted on 11/14/2002 10:45:41 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
For some reason, I was reminded of Emmanuel Lewis when I saw that picture of Jacko. Then I saw that picture of Nancy Pulosi. What a family!!!! Just need Mary Tyler Moore to be Grandma!
13 posted on 11/14/2002 10:47:23 AM PST by hoppity
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To: MadIvan
Some how I know this is going to be blamed on white America.
14 posted on 11/14/2002 10:49:30 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: MadIvan
Ugh!

Ivan why inflict that photo on us....I thought we were your friends....LOL!

15 posted on 11/14/2002 10:50:45 AM PST by Dog
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To: jpl
Don't feel sorry for someone who would mutilate themselves this way for the sake of what? To look more feminine? Or less black? Or more marketable? What?


16 posted on 11/14/2002 10:51:16 AM PST by Wolfstar
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To: MadIvan
Actually, it looks like he's trying for this look:


17 posted on 11/14/2002 10:51:29 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking
A history of his face.

http://anomalies-unlimited.com/Jackson.html

18 posted on 11/14/2002 10:53:43 AM PST by hoppity
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To: MadIvan
"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky... the Jackson family!"
19 posted on 11/14/2002 10:55:05 AM PST by conservativemusician
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To: MadIvan
Ewwwwww....

His nose is falling off!!!
20 posted on 11/14/2002 10:55:53 AM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: MadIvan
...and the horse's arse is the fool having the surgery.

Puhleeze with the horse references.

21 posted on 11/14/2002 11:07:08 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: MadIvan
Does anyone have a picture they can post of him when he was with the Jackson Five? It's actually kind of pathetic to even make fun of such a weirdo.
22 posted on 11/14/2002 11:08:37 AM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: MadIvan
Here is a much better look at a different pic I posted around 3:00 AM.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/788678/posts

23 posted on 11/14/2002 11:09:36 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: MadIvan
Iiiiiii.... *slurp* ammmm not an aaaaanimmmmallll....
24 posted on 11/14/2002 11:10:54 AM PST by Cogadh na Sith
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To: hoppity
Pulosi and Jackson--separated at birth.
25 posted on 11/14/2002 11:15:44 AM PST by Busywhiskers
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To: hoppity
Michael Jackson should have every right to sue any plastic surgeon who did this to his face and nose.
26 posted on 11/14/2002 11:19:02 AM PST by tessalu
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To: MadIvan
So sad. I remember when Michael Jackson was human.
27 posted on 11/14/2002 11:22:17 AM PST by Samwise
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To: tessalu
"Michael Jackson should have every right to sue any plastic surgeon who did this to his face and nose."

I would bet the farm Michael was repeatedly warned against further surgery, but insisted on having more done anyway. Under those circumstances he probably wouldn't get much sympathy from a judge.
28 posted on 11/14/2002 11:25:52 AM PST by Darnright
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To: hoppity
Pelosi's on her way to looking like whacko Jacko.
29 posted on 11/14/2002 11:32:07 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Samwise
Whenever I see him, I immediately think "burn victim." Truly, what would possess someone to do this to himself? It's beyond sick. He was actually a decent-looking guy "in the old days."
30 posted on 11/14/2002 11:32:59 AM PST by workerbee
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To: MadIvan
IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
31 posted on 11/14/2002 11:33:13 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: MadIvan
Can't he have just one more surgery to fix that? Pheweee!!!!
32 posted on 11/14/2002 11:33:46 AM PST by TexKat
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To: MadIvan
I swear. I only had my nose redone, and my face bleached 10 times. Who ever says I'm a surgery junkie is a damn liar! :-)
33 posted on 11/14/2002 11:35:37 AM PST by Happygal
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To: hoppity; MadIvan
Do you have a picture from "The Planet of the Apes" (the newer Burton one). I swear he looks just like the female ape that was so goo-goo eyed over the human main charecter.
34 posted on 11/14/2002 11:39:00 AM PST by techcor
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To: AmericanInTokyo
He's not afraid of germs. He's afraid of the world seeing his face! Well, they have now.

He may also be afraid that part of his nose might fall off. There is obviously some sort of surgical tape across what remains of the bridge of his nose; you can see the edge. Another piece of tape is folded over the "tip" of his nose; the fold creates a noticeable ridge in the plastic tape.

I agree, that surgical mask is about more than "germs".

36 posted on 11/14/2002 11:41:30 AM PST by Charles Martel
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To: hoppity
Is his nose deterorating?
37 posted on 11/14/2002 11:43:00 AM PST by TexKat
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To: MadIvan

38 posted on 11/14/2002 11:44:52 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: MadIvan
Can someone talented in this area post a computer-generated image of what Jacko would look like now if he'd just left his face alone from the beginning? I think he'd resemble Kofi Annan or Morgan Freeman, not the Man from Planet X.
39 posted on 11/14/2002 11:47:01 AM PST by Argus
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To: hoppity
It is just so disturbing. He was a great looking boy.

He should marry that woman who turned herself into a cat.

41 posted on 11/14/2002 12:09:01 PM PST by Feiny
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To: feinswinesuksass
Here's the real before and after:

yikes

42 posted on 11/14/2002 12:21:29 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: hoppity
Aren't physicians sworn, "First, do no harm..."?
43 posted on 11/14/2002 12:29:28 PM PST by pabianice
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To: cowsmooloudly
Thank you. Those two pix say it all.
44 posted on 11/14/2002 12:35:19 PM PST by Argus
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To: tessalu
Michael Jackson should have every right to sue any plastic surgeon who did this to his face and nose.

He has no case.

45 posted on 11/14/2002 12:36:58 PM PST by elbucko
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To: pabianice
Aren't physicians sworn, "First, do no harm..."?

Nope! It's now, "First, get paid".

46 posted on 11/14/2002 12:42:40 PM PST by elbucko
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To: hoppity
Unbelievable. I think Michael has more issues than his face.
47 posted on 11/14/2002 12:56:23 PM PST by sweetliberty
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To: TexKat
According to my uncle who is a plastic/reconstructive surgeon in Los Angeles, he wears a prosthetic nose which is sort of covered by material (not unlike Bondo) that affixes it to his face. He essentially has no nose.
49 posted on 11/14/2002 1:01:03 PM PST by luckodeirish
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