Michael Jackson’s disembodied voice made a return stateside (while the “King of Pop” remains in either Bahrain or Europe, no one knows) as a series of phone messages played in court on Wednesday. The recorded messages, from a few years ago, were left to business associate/porn producer F. Marc Schaffel, who is currently suing Jackson over $3.8 million. Among the nuggets of information Jackson phoned in:
On wooing Marlon Brando to appear in various projects:
“Marlon Brando has been pushing. He’s a wonderful man. He’s a god. He wants a lot of money. He wants to get things done right now.”
On his 9/11 charity single that was never released:
“It should be for America in Iraq. It’s a perfect cause. It means more now than any other causes.”
On his confidence in Schaffel:
“Marc, it’s Michael … Marc, please never let me down. I like you. I love you … I really want us to be friends and conquer the business world together. Please be my loyal, loyal friend. I love you.”
Also reported from the trial and phone messages, are the allegations that: Jackson borrowed $1 million from Schaffel to buy Elizabeth Taylor some jewelry, Schaffel flew to Brazil to deliver $300,000 for “a personal matter” on behalf of the singer, and Jackson wanted to make an acting video with Marlon Brando.