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Jacko's Ex Publicist

Goes Off on Michael

6/25/2009 7:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's former publicist, Michael Levine, just released the following statement, claiming he saw today's tragic events coming for years.

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"As someone who served as Michael Jackson's publicist during the 1st child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today's tragic news. 

Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world.

A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.''

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CLAUDINE FOURIE    

WELL, THIS IS SELF-EXPLANATORY & PROVES WHY ALL THE PRESS (PUBLICITY) ABOUT MR MICHAEL JACKSON WAS SO BAD THEN - BECAUSE EVEN HIS OWN PERSONAL PUBLICIST WAS DOING IT TO HIM!! JUST AS A NUMBER OF THOSE WHO SURROUNDED HIM, SUCH AS THOSE EVIL GREEDY SURGEONS, DOCTORS, DEBBIE ROWE, MANAGERS, CHANDLERS, BAHRAIN GUY etc, etc. THEY ALL JUST USED & ABUSED HIM TO ENRICH THEMSELVES, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT LIKE HIM.

NEVERMIND, AS THERE ARE MANY MORE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, ESPECIALLY IN THE FAR-EAST, WHO LOVED & LOVE THE INVINCIBLE GENIUS, TALENTED & HARD WORKING, LOVING, CARING MR MICHAEL JACKSON - WE ALL LOVE YOU & MAY YOU NOW REST IN PEACE, BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ALIVE AS FAR AS I AND MY SON & MILLIONS OF YOUR FANS ARE CONCERNED! GOD BLESS!
CLAUDINE FOURIE - SOUTH AFRICAN

1858 days ago
17.

Dual sim phone    

I love you Michael. RIP

1858 days ago
18.

Austin Ishiekwene    

Yes, TMZ, stop calling him 'Jacko' His name was Michael Jacson. As for this Levie fellow, he is a coward.

1857 days ago
19.

Jane    

Mr. Levine..I hope that NO ONE in the future will ever utilize your services again! You profess yourself as a publicist, and yet violated the most important tenant of the industry...loyalty to the client! Many many people are in mourning for the man, the artist, the father, the friend. Your statements were blatantly ill-natured, petty, of no intrinsic benefit to your former client and his fan base..you betrayed Mtr. Jackson's memory, his trust and your industry's ethics. I fervently pray that your peers shun you permanently from your industry. In my opinion, you are a nauseating, and traitorous disgrace to the profession!

1856 days ago
20.

SKS    

What the hell did this publicist do wrong? He did not bad mouth MJ or say anthing we haven't heard before. He was honest about how he viewed MJ, and never bashed his career or music. In fact, he called Michael talented, but said that he had too much stress. Don't take a stab at the publicist because he thinks a ver talented artist was overstressed and bound for an early death. He had a personal and professional relationship with MJ, and has the right to express his opinion as long as it is not a cheap shot or disrepectful comment, which it wasn't. Don't let the media fool you with this "Publicist Strikes Back" nonsense. In the end, Michael Levine felt like MJ's time on earth was limited, just as many of us thought, or at least waited to see how his life would unfold next. Talk about hypocracy!!!

1856 days ago
21.

Gisleine Mantovani    

PLEASE, leave this poor man alone to rest in peace!!! Hasn't he suffered enough gossips and bad rumors when he was alive? Yet he gave us so much without asking anything in return or saying bad things about ANYBODY. He's given us beautiful music, magical video clips, the best in dance, art, creativity. LET US LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE, PLEASE!!!

1855 days ago
22.

Gisleine Mantovani    

COMMENT 185 MUST CERTAINLY COME FOM A SICK DISTURBED PERSON WHO DESPERATELY NEEDS HELP.

LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE. HE'S SUFFERED A LOT IN LIFE AND ALL HE DID WAS ENTERTAIN US AND AMZ US WITH HIS TALENT AND CREATIVITY. HE WAS WONDERFUL AND WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A MAN BIGGER THAN LIFE.

1855 days ago
23.

bunny    

HE JUST DIED WTF IS UR PROB

1855 days ago
24.

jimbo    

What gets me sick is once some is dead we deify them. I don't recall any rules that say once someone is dead they are saints beyond reproach. What, I find appalling, is the Jackson family trotting Paris out to perform like a trained monkey, Is it just me or Is everyone blind, but, Paris, Prince Michael, Prince Michael II DON'T LOOK BLACK.

1848 days ago
25.

Jackie Abate    

There we have it, proof of how many money hungry degenerates tried to take advantage of this LEGEND.
Probably got paid to write bad press back then, pathetic! And quite frankly, this fellow does not look to "kosher" to me, wonder whats in his closet???? I know Micheal Jacksons was clean, and I LOVED his advant guarde style, if ceratin types of people can't keep up with a genious and misinterpret, ITS THEIR LOSS.
PLEASE REmove his ridiculous comment, that nonsense is so passe.
WE LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US YOUR BEAUTIFUL HEART AND SOUL THROUGH YOUR MUSIC! YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON, MY 13 YEAR OLD SON IS SO INSPIRED BY YOU, AND HAS A REAL AMERICAN IDOL TO BE PROUD OF AND FOLLOW. REST IN HEAVEN.
Jackie

1848 days ago
26.

Tina L. --Dayton, OH    

The issues Michael had in his life that caused him to behave the way he did, seem to me, very normal reactions. Five years old when he started working, the pedophile lawsuits, 5 million in debt, allegations about his children, I am not a fan per se, in fact pretty much wrote him off as another crazy celeb, but I was 14 when Thriller came out and find myself thankful for viewing such an intimate, emotionally stirring funeral for such a mysterious man...one that I will never see it's equal in my lifetime. And what is most saddening, is the lack of emotional depth that most people have "in the business."

1848 days ago
27.

Zartana    

Yes,a lot people got Michael money and payments,very weel payd .MJ helped a lot off zumbis vampires arroud him looking iff he has more and more ..money .I think many people become rich surroundind Michael .and all the 'supost friends' desapeared in 2007,2008,2009 the hard days off Michael life.Nobody help Michael to get out from depression or pain about his Past ,in fact ...the family either ...
Who lovely and sincerely visited him in pain or critical days just to say' I will really help you-I am here to say i love you.. '?

1846 days ago
28.

ann Trease    

Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.Why are you people only concentrating on the bad things. This was a man that was exploited, disrespected,and treated really bad in the press. Even though he was found not guilty. The media has still continued to disrespect him. You want to blame someone for Michael? Blame all the people that have continued to hound the super star.Michael is dead let him rest in peace. Think about his family and the children that love him so dearly. Please lighten up on Michael. Stop calling him Waco Jaco.You know his name.Shame on the media ,you have reached an all time low.

1846 days ago
29.

Droste Doreen    

Wow!! what a character? You empty evil soul. and you call yourself a publicist? Micheal should have known better before hiring you! It's obvious you can't find a good job to live on now.

1845 days ago
30.

Michael Levine is a Has Been    

Michael Levine WAS NOT JACKSON'S PUBLICIST!!! He was hired (then quickly FIRED) as a consultant. He was never in the same room as Jackson. Ignore this pathetic lying publicity seeking media whore!!!

Michael Levine is a LIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIAR. LIAR. LIAR.

1842 days ago
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