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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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76.

mari    

all i have to say is that it's people like you that make a person look bad, these famous people hire you to be on their side to protect their image and someone that paid you to do just that has passed away and all you are looking for is to get paid for information sham on you!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LOOK PRETTY STUPID DOING THAT!!!!!! MICHEAL WILL ALWAYS BE A LEGEND!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MONTH AND TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE

YOU NEED A NEW JOB, PEOPLE SHOULDN'T TRUST YOU YOU ASS

1947 days ago
77.

Zoe    

Michael Levine is a sorry excuse of a person. He works as a PR guy yet publishes books filled with the personal addresses and contact information of some of the very same people he represents. I highly doubt that is ethical. I had a friend who worked for him and had many less-than pleasant things to say. I can't believe he's still trying for his 15 seconds.

1947 days ago
78.

gagme    

Note the publicist's words - "first child molestation incident!" Not allegation, but incident. Thanks for confirming what we already knew - MJ was a sick criminal. The world is a safer place for our children now.

1947 days ago
79.

Jstbtrflyz    

And, here, Mr. Levine is getting his next 15 minutes of fame.

1947 days ago
80.

pebbles    

Freaking idiot! Open cut and insert salt. How rude and classless is this man!

1947 days ago
81.

Vanessa Goss    

It's sad when people talk bad about the dead. This man just want to be in the lime light. Damn even in death the try to steal this man's thunder.

1947 days ago
82.

Getalife    

Let me tell you about MICHAEL LEVINE.

He's a JOKE. He is the worst example of a PR professional. I have firsthand knowledge of him setting up fake 'casting calls' so he can attract young, stupid women. He's only about his own trip and getting himself in the press as much as possible. Don't believe anything this fraud says.

1947 days ago
83.

Cleveland-West_Side    

Thank you Mr. Levine for standing up against child molestation, so many people in the world think molesting children isn't such a bad thing, it's nice to know that our minority isn't that small.

1947 days ago
84.

Tiffany    

Levine is recognized as the biggest douchebag in Hollywood -- and that's saying a lot.

1947 days ago
85.

Osa    

What a sick way to get into the news slimeball. May you be remembered for all the nasty things you do when you die, which I can forsee will happen....cos we all die eventually.

1947 days ago
86.

Witness    

A pure example of the type of opportunistic b@$tards that will begin to emerge and demand big bucks for "their truth".

1947 days ago
87.

Carl    

I'll bet what he said was 100% true, but why he has to say it before the body is even cold is bizarre. You would think a publicist would know better. At least wait a few days, there is no glory in being the first vulture to circle the body.

1947 days ago
88.

Ddizzle69    

MJ was awesome. Hopefully that publicist loses all his business cause he cant even represent himself right from what i can tell. No respect at all.

1947 days ago
89.

She's Dumb    

to J.B. Nothing here that this man has said or done is that stupid. There is nothing wrong with stating what one may find to be the truth. There have been several people coming forth who have known or had contact with Michael that pretty much say the same thing's, except they are more forthcoming with knowledge of MJ's drug use and self destructive behavior. I am not making light of this story. This is a very sad ending to a talented man, but this former publicist will do fine in his future. He does not need any luck. Best Wishes to him. Freedom of speech: ever heard of this?

1925 days ago
90.

Karl    

world's worst publicist

1947 days ago
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