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Jackson Estate

Sued Over 'Herpes Cure'

9/18/2009 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


michael_jackson_getty_52619757_ex-1A man is suing Michael Jackson's estate, claiming the singer is responsible for the theft of his herpes cure.

Erle Bonner
claims Jackson gave his formulas for "herpes cure, acne cures and arthritis cures" to a guy named Kevin Trudeau, also a defendant, who allegedly pilfered them.

Bonner also claims ..."someone from the Jackson family came by my house and shot a 22 pistol in the air. They turned around in a neighbor's driveway and drove away."

Bonner also claims in his suit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court ... Jackson stole nine copyrights and the idea for an automobile insurance policy that "would revolutionize insurance for cars in America."

There's more, but you get the point.

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danica    

What a nut. I wonder if he's friends with Billie Jean Jackson.

Good laugh for the weekend.

1827 days ago
32.

Michelle    

Sound like another "CRAZY" coming out of the woodwork!
I love and miss you Michael, you were the best!

1827 days ago
33.

Barakuda    

What's wrong with you people.
Tmz update us on Klein and Murray instead of these nuts jobs.
How can someone not be hooked on drug with all these rediculous law suit coming in from left to right? It's so hard to believe how people would do anything for money. Perharps Diane Dimond is behind this one. lol. This does not make any sense why will he need all of this specially from this guy who is quit an inventor. Amazing.

1827 days ago
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Cindy Vega    

First of all what is Eric Bonner's story? It is absolutely obvious that this is a publicity stunt. They should really throw out this law suit and send that man to a mental institution to have him checked out. I mean to have the cure for herpes and then also say "oh and I also had a revolutionary automobile insurance that he took" must be a lie. Especially if he is a normal Joe making minium wage. To say you had the cure to herpes is big and if you work at McDonalds and have no medical credibility he should be slapped with a law suit for being stupid.

1827 days ago
35.

Mary    

Insane........

1827 days ago
36.

Vanessa Kaye    

WTF I got that book! So your telling me that some how this guy gave Michael Jackson the cure in which Michael Jackson gave the information to KEVIN TRUDEAU. Again WTF! ROFLMAO this is tooooo riduculous. OMG! This is on some dumb ish!

1827 days ago
37.

laura    

HE 's DEAD !!!
DEAD!!!
CAN MIKE HAVE FINALLY SOME REST?!!!

1827 days ago
38.

TMZ hits a new low    

TMZ, please stop with the crazy Michael Jackson related stories. It's all so very played. Enough. Your grave robbing for "headlines" is getting tired.

1827 days ago
39.

a fan    

While he was living, MJ was sued 1500 times!! the most ever for a celebrity. It was horrendous that these people go away with disrupting his life this way. People were always claiming he did things he NEVER did just to get money. This what led to the false accusations of molestation. IT WAS ALL ABOUT MONEY PEOPLE! They simply wanted millions of dollars or they would destroy him. They succeed because now he is dead. And he was innocent the whole time.

1827 days ago
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arnold H.    

I can't began to tell you, how ridiculous this is. People are just tacky and wrong. The man is dead. Just think about the fact, that you're taking money from the kids and not him. I guess they were being thouhgtful, to wait until he was laid to rest first, before they sued. Wrong wrong wrong!!!!!!!!!! I think the judge should just throw the case out.

1827 days ago
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for; while my guitar gently weeps    

Other criticisms
[edit] No medical training
One common criticism by consumer groups is that Trudeau has had no medical training. Trudeau responds that by not having such training, he is not biased towards pharmaceutical companies and the FDA, and that medical doctors "are taught only how to write out prescriptions" for "poisons" and "cut out pieces of a person's anatomy." [58]

[edit] No proof of claims
Trudeau has also been criticized for his inability to provide substantial evidence to back up many of his claims. Although he provides anecdotal evidence, he has not provided evidence that such customer claims have been evaluated by a licensed medical practitioner. As such, any claims made by Trudeau or his supporters that his book or other business endeavors have helped people cannot be verified and are based solely on testimonials. In instances where Trudeau has been asked to provide proof of his claims, he has misinterpreted medical studies or cited dubious or fictitious studies. This includes, but is not limited to, a nonexistent 25-year research study involving a natural cure for diabetes at the University of Calgary.[59][60]

[edit] False endorsements
In August 2005, the New York Consumer Protection Board warned consumers that Trudeau has used false claims of endorsements to promote his products, noting that the back cover of Natural Cures includes false endorsements. Further, the NYCPB states that Trudeau's television ads “give the false impression that Tammy Faye Messner opposes chemotherapy in favor of the ‘natural cures’ in Trudeau’s book.” A representative for Messner before her death from cancer said that was not true and that she was starting chemotherapy again.[43]

The back cover includes the following quote from Dr. Herbert Ley, a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who died three years before the book was written: "The thing that bugs me is that people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what people think it's doing are as different as night and day." Trudeau's lawyer, David J. Bradford, says that this quote does not constitute a false endorsement of his book by Ley but rather is merely a statement that is in line with the purpose of his book.[61]

[edit] Additional marketing ventures
[edit] Audio tapes: “Mega Memory”
Trudeau claimed to have adapted techniques used to improve the memory of the blind and the mentally challenged to create Advanced Mega Memory and Mega Memory audio tapes. His promotion of memory-enhancing products was stopped by an FTC crackdown, which determined that the programs involved would not enable users to achieve a "photographic memory", as the advertising claimed.[29]

[edit] Non-surgical face lift
In addition to Natural Cures, Trudeau also hosted an infomercial that features the "Perfect Lift" non-surgical face lift. In England, this infomercial was found to violate the ITC advertising rules.[62]

As of 2008, Trudeau is airing another infomercial with Leigh Valentine called Firmalift. Leigh Valentine is the former wife of fraudulent televangelist Robert Tilton.[63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70]

[edit] Trudeau partners with Donald Barrett and ITV Direct
On September 11, 2006, Donald Barrett and ITV Direct, a direct marketing company based in Beverly, Massachusetts, announced that they had partnered with Trudeau to market both of his Natural Cures books.[71] Trudeau also worked with ITV to create ITV Ventures, a new MLM group based out of ITV's home office.[72] As of December 2006, ITV Direct has pulled all information concerning both this partnership and Trudeau's books from its corporate website; however, the infomercials have continued to run as of April 14, 2008.

1827 days ago
42.

THISISIT again MJ breaks records    

Al Sharpen was so right.

RIP MJ

1827 days ago
43.

for; while my guitar gently weeps    

WOW; why all the hate, People' hate generates hate, if you hate here you will passion hate in your own yard! Posting lies only advantages those that have self doubt {inferiority complex} unless their goal oriented, meaning' somehow benefiting financially {planted to blog} TMZ is doing very well with the forum of fan input into news of the day, but is by nature seeking controversial input's because their a tabloid, theirs also an amount of prisoner's blogging for hobby.


In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember." (Michael Jackson)

1827 days ago
44.

The Seer    

You don't hear about numerous frivolous lawsuits with other celebrities. The Jakkos must hold the world record for getting sued by loonies. Look at MJ in the banner pic. People talk about him like he was normal. He was not. Controversy and insanity flourished all around him. Why is that? Because he was some poor, misunderstood genius who was otherwise mentally balanced? No. He was nuttier than a fruitcake, and so is the rest of his family. He had to have some kind of relationship with all these crazies in order to get sued by them. Dysfunction attracts dysfunction. Hence all the bottom feeders coming out of the woodwork.

1827 days ago
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for; while my guitar gently weeps    

Now’ what can everyone’ do, the Autopsy report’ may be in second or third copy, the Cause of Death’ report’ has been Amended, the Crime Scene was ignored’ until after the mover’s gutted the household belonging’s, the Ambulance and Hospital preformed CPR to a Cadaver, the Hospital’ attempted to revitalize a Corpse with Lividity, then’ provided no authoritative’ press release, theirs been few, if any’ press releases / news conferences, but’ persistently Police and Coroner leak’ news stories, dr. Murray’s phone call to Houston was not traced’ until after a TMZ story was published’ a month later, theirs no definitive time-line of events established, we know Michael had concluded USA rehearsal’s {80 hours’ in the can} with itinerary’ of traveling oversea’ that weekend interrupted. “MR. Michael Jackson” American’ was historically’ falsely accused’ and falsely incriminated’ again’ and again’ including proof of vengeance’ and vendetta’ involving the same, or near-by’ responsible governmental officials. Mr. Jackson communicated’ with Doctors regularly, but’ are police even interested in his years of phone bills and calls to these disgraceful Practitioners. Politics won’t help, unless everyone complains to every politician near and far, big and small. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was at MR. Michael Jackson’s Forest Lawn grave-sight Services, it’s overdue time’ for stepping up to the Podium’ and talking’ to us, the police report said’ the Propofol that killed Michael {police already’ reported the Propofol’ was traced from’ Los Vegas Pharmacy} was from untraceable origins’ Propofol was under Recall, meaning’ Police are claiming Anastasia’ unsafe, there’ tripping over their’ own misinformation? Barack Obama the buck’ has a stopping point, politicians need to step-up’ or step-down’ the silence is deafening, this will not’ go quietly into the Night.

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