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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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91.

☺    

Don't you think that is a little rude?!?! It sounds to me like this guy had this "statement" all typed up and ready to go, just waiting. Have some compassion and consideration for his family!! RIP

1854 days ago
92.

Katrina    

Way to stay classy, Levine.

1854 days ago
93.

Mike    

This is disgusting. First, we have the tragedy of Jackson's early death. Then, we have so-called Christians asking if people should celebrate his death! http://www.palibandaily.com/2009/06/25/poll-should-christians-celebrate-michael-jacksons-death/

Now this, the ex-publicist being the first of the vultures to leap onto the still-warm corpse.

It makes me wanna throw up.

1854 days ago
94.

Precious909    

That's So Cold Hearted of Him 2 Express His Cruel Thought @ A Time Like This!!!
Hasn't He Heard Of The Saying " If You Don't Have Anything Nice 2 Say, Dont Say Anything @ All!!!

RIP
Micheal Jackson!!!
U Will 4ever Be Missed!!!

1854 days ago
95.

anon    

What purpose did that statement sereve? What a tool!

1854 days ago
96.

Quetou    

Here comes the serpents from the Synagagogue of Satan!

1854 days ago
97.

Roah    

Why be a prick! People are people, we all have our short comings. So Michael may be unconventional, but he was brilliant! What a performer!. Can't we just let him RIP? Jerk!

1854 days ago
98.

Dina    

I think his publicist said what he had wittnessed over the years with Michael,I don't think he was crule or nasty about what he said.Michael was a great performer,something in his life went wrong before all the alledged molestations.Guilty or not is not for me to say,I will say its weird that the parents allowed their boys to stay with him after what they had heard.I feel sympothy for his family,the death of a family member always hurts.

1854 days ago
99.

Stormy Monday    

Why are you guys referring to him as Jacko??? At this moment where his family and fans are feeling a tremendous amount of grief over the loss of his life, the least you all could do is show him some respect. Regardless of what you may think about him, he was someone's son, brother, father, uncle, and friend. Have some compassion TMZ!

1854 days ago
100.

LensmanCT    

WHAT A PRICK

1854 days ago
101.

omc cincinnati    

mj will rest in peace!im 50 yrs old too i remember the hony come cerial com. mike was just a little boy &so was i but i remember him an his family janet has nice halftime show wow what a set of lungs she has in my memery the jackson family m my prayers are with you . kevin omc

1854 days ago
102.

Marty    

How sad people are taking this opportunity to attempt to now act as if they were God and are not surprised. 50 is so young and too young to die. If you can say nothing positive, be quiet. This man has 3 children who just lost their dad. A family is in grief and shock. Please pretend to have sympathy. Remember, life has a way of coming full circle. Do not use this as an opportunity to get your name in the news. My God bless the family. My family and I are praying for you.

1854 days ago
103.

Doyin    

MJ was human. Please, lets respect him for every positive thing he stood for in the music industry. If not for this, lets extend same to his family and of course, millions of fans all over the world. MJ, do rest in the bossom of the Lord

1854 days ago
104.

A.T. from L.A.    

You know, TMZ and the rest of you racists need to show this man some bloody respect. His name is NOT Jacko!!! It is Machael Jackson. You and this dead beat, red neck publicist are always jealous of Black men and women who have more money than you have. Money is your f---ing God. You and your people still are spouting that Michael Jackson had financial problems...you wish. If he was so near financial failure, he would not have been living in Holmby f---ing Hills when he died.

1854 days ago
105.

bob paje    

This sounds pretty accurate. Probably the way it was...

1854 days ago
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