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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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IRMA GONZALEZ    

I JUST WANT TO SAID THAT IM NOT A FAN,BUT ONLY A ANIMAL COULD BE SO COLD AND NOT EVEN THEM,FOR ME THIS MEN IS A TRAITOR U R EATING THE HAND OF MICHAEL HE GIVE TO EAT AND U SHOULD KNOW U DONT DO THAT NOT EVEN IF HES DEAD ,U R A C OWARD THAT WAIT FOR HIM TO DIE TO NOW COME AND SEE IF PAPARATZY WILL BE ALL OVER U ,IT'S THAT BECAUSE THE ONE WHO DIED CANT GIVE U NOTHING NOW?

1911 days ago
122.

Julie    

ok, yes this is a bad comment, and many others i'm sure have thought it, but what's really in poor taste is that TMZ CHOSE to publish it. Shame on TMZ for igniting anger around something so tragic. This statement did not need to be publicized.

1911 days ago
123.

Julie    

and why do you insist on calling him Jacko? Show some respect!

1911 days ago
124.

Andre    

Wow. Some of you people are really damaged. The guy just... laid out some basic facts.

1. he said he wasn't surprised. How is that so bad>
2. He called it tragic, literally> What more do you want!!!
3. He confirmed THE OBVIOUS -- that the guy was "difficult and self destructive" -- Wow- shocker. We all watched the guy experiment with oxygen chambers, wild cures and spartan, extreme diets (and I'm a vegan).
4. He made clear he was talented.
5. He said the guy was not comfortable with the "norms of the world" - Is there a human alive that doubted that about this guy?
6. Then he closed by pointing out AGAIN the OBVIOUS, no human can survive incredible stress.

What's the big deal?? Relax people. This Michael Levine was a bit blunt -- but said NOTHING not based in the public image of MJ, and NOTHING that was insulting to the dead, or to MJ's stature as a PERFORMER. Facts are facts.

Or maybe --As MJ's friend Ronald Reagan said at the 1988 RNC: "Facts are stupid things"

1911 days ago
125.

Kris    

Why is this idiot being interviewed. !!! He is a dumb butt who obviously
Has issues. Michael Jackson was an idol with great talent and fans
From all over the world. We have never heard of this man until
Today !!! Get a life this man has just died. !!!

1911 days ago
126.

Kemani    

I think the comment made by his former publicist was totally inappropriate and uncalled for. Regardless of Michael's shortcomings, he was and will always be a great entertainer. He touched the lives of so many people worldwide. To make a comment like that Mr. Levine is cold, rude and malicious.

1911 days ago
127.

Jill    

Michael Levine is an f-ing douchebag. I had the displeasure of working for him many years ago. And I can tell you first-handedly that he is a callous bastard. Of course he has a comment today. Idiot. And thank you, Mr. Levine, for providing a photo so that the world can put a face with your a**hole remarks. You suck! Go away.

1911 days ago
128.

brokenbranchmusic    

Right-on, man! Tell it like it is.

1911 days ago
129.

jane    

while it may be distasteful for people to learn the truth about michaels personal life from someone from his inner circle, one would have to be blind not to notice the obviously truth in his commentary. michael, was self destructive and excentique to say the least. of course that doesn't diminish his talent.

1911 days ago
130.

Tiffany    

This really isn't so much about what Michael Levine said about MJ but rather the ill will people feel towards Levine personally and his business practices. Michael Levine has obviously made a lot of enemies of friends, employees, business associates and even strangers. So, if you are reading this Mr. Levine, and you know you are, in your one bedroom apartment, realize the kind of hatred you have inspired towards you. The sick thing is that Levine is enjoying all this TMZ press about him -- this is just the kind of limelight he desperately craves -- and for this brief moment he's as famous as Michael Jackson... at least in his own narcissistic mind.

1911 days ago
131.

Corey Feldman is the king of douche!    

What’s up with all these turds coming out the woodwork??? Free publicity…


RIP Michael

1911 days ago
132.

forestdavis    

How incredibly disrespectful to Mr. Jackson and his entire family. This is not the time for ones greed to interrupt the grieving of his family and many fans. He will always be remembered as the king of pop and any legalities can wait for the time being. His music will be remembered for generations to come. May he rest in peace.

1911 days ago
133.

Emily    

This was not a tactful statement and even worse, it was made when people are still in shock over losing Michael Jackson.

I think some of the things he said were relevant, eg. "A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress." Michael Jackson was picked on by the press a lot over the years and he allegedly had some serious financial problems.

I just hope he is at peace now and that his children are looked after in their time of need. RIP - you will always be remembered.

1911 days ago
134.

Barbie    

Why do you any of you think this statement would be inappropriate ? It's the TRUTH ! It's a FACT ! While Michael Jackson was a phenomanl performer, singer, dancer, and deserves every single award he has ever received in his life. He was molesting children for years and sorry that will always overshadow his creative, artistic side. Are you all the same people who were bashing Michael not too long ago while he was on trial for once again molesting another child ? Or were any of you the one's who made fun of him with his freakish face trying to make himself a white man ? Let's face it, he created his life the good parts and the bad parts. Can't change history. Why has it been years since we saw this man perform, because he ruined his reputation. And this publicist wrote the truest words I've read so far, that this prolonged stress HE HIMSELF created was probably the cause of this untimely death. He should have died in prison, but for some unbelievable reason's beyond my understanding he was found innocent. But lets see how many of the children he did harm over these past 20 years will finally have the courage to come out and tell their sides of the story. WATCH ! Yes Michael Jackson was a true entertainer, his music is untouchable, but he was also a pedophile...........and we shouldn't forget that either. Please don't be hypocrites.

1911 days ago
135.

Annoyed with you    

Thanks to Mr. Levine for providing some insight and common sense commentary on a man who lived a very unusual life. Nobody is going to care about this next month. At least, while people are reading and paying attention, he says it like it is... Michael led a life that unsurprisingly brought him to this day. That's it. Get over yourselves for being offended. When my time comes, if someone has something to say about my life and death - who cares. People will always talk, so let them talk.

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