Just like her beloved chimpanzees ... Jane Goodall is throwing crap at the wall -- at least that's the word from people who witnessed Michael Jackson's relationship with Bubbles.
Several people who were with Bubbles on almost a day-to-day basis tell TMZ ... MJ adored the chimp, and treated him like a member of his family -- and the notion that he or anyone around him brutalized the chimp is garbage.
We're told the Michael Jackson Estate has recognized how much the singer loved Bubbles by contributing money to the sanctuary where the chimp now lives.
Bubbles, we're told, was almost joined at the hip with Michael, mimicking him and various others at Neverland. We were told one story where Bubbles got down on his knees after seeing one of the maids and started dusting the floor. The whole slave labor thing aside, Michael proudly hugged the chimp.
And Michael actually made Bubble's his plus one at his lawyer John Branca's wedding. Bubbles showed up in a tux to cheer on Branca -- who now runs the MJ Estate.
Chimp Expert Jane Goodall
Bubbles Was Beaten
On MJ's Watch
3/14/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The world's leading chimp expert says Michael Jackson's famous pet monkey Bubbles was brutalized at Neverland and she blames MJ.
Jane Goodall dropped the bombshell leaving an event in Washington, D.C. ... saying Bubbles was BEATEN while in Michael's care. She doesn't say who beat Bubbles, but she does say she confronted MJ and it "ticked him off."
Our photog was clearly caught off guard and didn't ask the circumstances surrounding the alleged beating. La Toya's ex-husband, Jack Gordon, claimed the singer did indeed abuse Bubbles, saying, "I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach. Michael used to say, 'He doesn't feel it. He's a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him.'"
Various people in the MJ camp denied the claims, and there are stories that Bubbles was actually treated like a hairy king, eating at the dining room table with MJ and having free access to the fridge for Haagen-Dazs fixes.
FYI -- Bubbles -- now 30 -- is alive and well ... living in a Florida animal sanctuary.
MJ's Alleged Son
You Can't Get MJ's Money
3/10/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's newly-proclaimed alleged son will be fending for himself for the rest of his life, because there's NO WAY he can touch the money in MJ's estate.
Brandon Howard says he has no interest in going after the Estate, and that's a good thing, because Michael made sure he and everyone else in the world -- except Prince, Paris and Blanket -- could not lay a hand on MJ's assets.
According to Michael's will ... Michael's 3 kids, along with some charities, ultimately get his money. Michael also made sure that Katherine was supported during her lifetime.
We just dug through Michael's 2002 will -- in which he explicitly wrote, "Except as otherwise provided in this Will or in the Trust ... I have intentionally omitted to provide for my heirs."
Under the law, that's all she wrote, because MJ had every right to disinherit anyone he wanted ... even his own kids. What he did was provide for Paris, Blanket and Prince ... and even if someone else could prove they were sired by the singer ... tough luck.
Bottom line ... Michael beat it, even in death.
MJ's Alleged Son
"Dad" Speaks Out
He Warned Me About DNA Lies
3/8/2014 12:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A man has come forward claiming he's the real father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard -- NOT Michael Jackson -- telling TMZ, Howard warned him earlier this week the DNA story would be breaking ... and told him it was phony baloney.
65-year-old Augie Johnson tells us, he fathered Brandon during his relationship with Brandon's mom, Miki Howard in the 80s -- and has remained a central figure in Brandon's life.
He tells us, he was in the delivery room when Brandon was born and even brought Brandon to recording studios as a child. We've seen multiple family photos of them together.
Augie says they're so close ... Brandon called him days before TMZ broke the story about the DNA test, telling him, "Don't worry about this stuff. You are my dad."
Augie insists his son had nothing to do with the DNA stunt -- telling us the "greedy people" around Brandon are the masterminds.
As for Brandon resembling MJ -- Augie says it's purely a coincidence. If anything, Brandon resembles Michael AFTER surgery -- so there's actually no resemblance at all.
Waste Deep in
MJ DNA Stunt
3/8/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Akon is SO part of the whole Michael Jackson "The-Kid-Really-Is-My-Son" DNA shenanigans.
We got him arriving at LAX Friday and he acted a tad skeptical ... that the freshly-touted B Howard, plain wrap DNA test proves he's MJ's long lost son. But in the next breath Akon stokes the coals and says why he thinks it might be true.
Here's why we're calling BS. Akon is in the studio with B Howard right now recording music.
It's why they call it show BUSINESS, folks.
Michael Jackson's Bros
The Kid Is Not His Son
3/7/2014 3:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's brothers have now come forward ... calling BS on the so-called DNA test proving Brandon Howard is Michael's long lost son.
A rep for the brothers tells TMZ, the brothers are united in scoffing at the claim ... and for a variety of reasons.
First, a source says in Michael's 50 years on earth, he never mentioned anything about having a child other than Prince, Paris and Blanket. And, other sources who had day-to-day contact with Jackson echo the same to TMZ.
A source also says the brothers met B Howard one time -- back in 2012, when he came backstage for a meet and greet after one of their shows. He never even intimated he might be a relative.
And the brother's say Joe had a professional relationship with Howard's mom, yet he never breathed a word of this ... and they say he would have said something, especially after Michael died.
The rep calls the so-called DNA test "unfounded hearsay."
MJ's Dental Mold
3/7/2014 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man behind the Michael Jackson DNA test initially went to an L.A. lab ... and TMZ has learned the lab results showed NO DNA on Michael Jackson's dental mold.
A manager at DNA Truth 4 U lab tells TMZ ... last month Alki David's people took the dental mold to the lab, along with a water bottle, a black towel and cigarette butts to test them. Alki's people told the lab the other items contained the DNA from Jermaine and Tito.
The lab report -- obtained by TMZ -- shows the dental mold document titled "Alleged Father." The other items were all titled "Alleged Uncle."
The lab report shows NO DNA was recovered from the 31-year-old dental mold, so the test could not be performed. The only one that had any DNA was the black towel -- and it showed NO relation to B Howard. Translation -- B Howard is NOT related to ANY Jackson.
A source connected to Alki David tells TMZ ... Alki didn't trust the lab and that's why he says they went to a DNA lab in Ireland.
Alki says the Ireland lab recovered DNA from the mold and then determined there was a DNA match with B Howard.
Michael Jackson DNA Test
Organizer Insists Results Are REAL
We Doctored Logo to Make It 'Pretty'
3/7/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The media mogul who organized the DNA test allegedly proving Michael Jackson fathered a son in 1982 insists the results are 100% real -- despite using a laboratory logo that's obviously been doctored -- telling TMZ, the logo was altered to make it look prettier.
Billionaire Alki David released the so-called "results" live on the Internet Thursday -- and after TMZ obtained a copy of the document, we discovered the logo on top wasn't just fake ... it was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
Now David tells us, "The logo was made by the DNA agency to make it look pretty. Lab documents are not pretty by nature." He also says the results are private and were never supposed to be released to the public.
Which doesn't make sense on several levels -- David's doctored logo doesn't make his "lab results" any prettier than other lab results we've come across ... no offense ... and if the results were never supposed to be released publicly, why bother making them look nice?
MJ's Alleged Son
DNA Test Results Are Bogus
Ripped from 'Terminator'
3/7/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's a shocker -- the DNA test results that allegedly prove 31-year-old Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson's son are BOGUS ... in fact, so bogus ... the logo from the so-called DNA testing lab was ripped from "Terminator Salvation."
As we reported, FilmOn.com's Alki David put on a spectacle Thursday -- claiming he had DNA results proving singer B Howard was the biological son of the King of Pop. He then produced the results showing a "99.99999%" probability that MJ was Brandon's dad.
TMZ obtained a photo of the DNA doc -- allegedly from a testing facility in Ireland called "DNA Lab." We searched high and low but could find no such generic DNA lab in Ireland.
Skeptical, we investigated -- a simple Google image search of "DNA results" turns up a bunch of sample docs with the same exact easily-stealable format as the one we got.
But the coup de grace -- we then Google image searched "DNA logo" and the first result ... literally ... was the same DNA pic used in the "DNA Lab" logo.
And that's not even the best part -- a reverse image search of the logo shows a bunch of results for "Terminator Salvation." A little more digging revealed the logo was used on PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRTS for the movie.
Can't say we're all that shocked.
Self-Professed Long Lost Son
Going Public with DNA Evidence ... THURSDAY
3/6/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson has a 31-year-old son -- at least that's what the man claims -- and we're told he plans to go public on Thursday with what he believes is ironclad DNA evidence.
His name is Brandon Howard -- the son of singer Miki Howard, whom Joe Jackson represented back in the 1980s.
Sources close to Brandon tell us, Miki and MJ met in 1982 and Brandon was born soon after.
Brandon grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Miami. He's now a singer who goes by the name B Howard. And he's had some success. We're told he's part of a new Akon song.
As for why B Howard is so sure he's MJ's son ... our sources say he somehow acquired DNA from an old orthodontic device worn by Michael ... it's unclear how he got hold of it, but we're told the test results show a match.
The results will be unveiled Thursday on FilmOn.com.
Oh yeah ... once the DNA results are revealed, he plans to go after the MJ Estate for money.
Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman tells TMZ, "We've never even heard from him," adding, "Any deadline for claiming to be Michael's child has long since passed."
Check out the music video B Howard released in 2011 -- in which he blatantly bites MJ's dance moves and vocals.
Hey, My Son Likes Boobies Too
3/3/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray came back to Trinidad, celebrating Carnival -- and he gave his son an official introduction into the world of BOOBIES!
Murray returned to the place where he became the man he is .... glowing in the sunlight of freedom ... and also glowing from the reflection on his head.
The man who did hard time for Michael Jackson's death brought his family along for the topless extravaganza .... and his son is clearly fully indoctrinated.
That V isn't just for victory.
Someone Bailed Me Out of Tax Debt
2/24/2014 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Jackson has a mysterious benefactor ... who just bailed him out of tax debt ... and we think we know who that person is.
Joe owed just over $70,000 in back California taxes ... way back, as in 1996.
Joe just didn't pay ... but suddenly -- 4 days ago -- the debt was cleared.
Joe doesn't have a lot of spare cash lying around these days, so who paid the dough? It's highly unlikely/out of the question that the Michael Jackson Estate anted up for Joe.
So the logical person is the one we're going with -- Katherine Jackson, who gets around $100K a month from the Estate. And even though Katherine and Joe don't live together, he has a lot of influence over her. And there's this ... his last known address is Katherine's house.
Educated guess, but we'd put money on it.
Michael Jackson Estate
The IRS is
Off the Wall!
2/10/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson was broke as a joke when he died ... so the IRS tax attack is showing a glaring ignorance ... so claim the people who run the MJ Estate.
Sources connected with the Estate tell TMZ ... they never suggested the Beatles catalog was worth ZERO -- to the contrary they agree it's worth around $1.5 BILLION.
That said ... sources say there's a reason they put a big fat zero in the Beatles column when they filed tax returns just after Michael died. They say there was a $700 million loan taken against the purchase of the catalog, bringing the net value to $800 million. Michael and Sony were 50/50 partners ... which means Michael's share was around $400 million.
Now the debt. Michael leveraged his interest to the hilt -- he borrowed $320 million against the catalog. And He owed another $200 million in personal debt ... And that's why they put ZERO.
One bone of contention -- although the Estate values the catalog at $1.5 billion, the IRS says it's DOUBLE that amount.
Estate sources say the IRS is also off base on the issue of MJ's likeness and image, which they valued at only $2,105 at the time he died. The IRS says it's worth more like $434 million.
Our sources say you have to look back at June, 2009. They say Michael made zilch on his likeness and image for the 15 YEARS before his death -- no commercials, not even T-shirts ... no one wanted to be associated with him -- at least commercially.
And finally ... as for the Jackson 5 music collection -- the Estate says it was worth $11.2 mil when Michael died ... the IRS says $45.5 mil.
So the sources say after settling up with Motown, MJ's interest was a lot less than people think. The Estate would gladly sell Michael's rights even today for $45.5 mil ... they say they'd sell it for $30 mil!