Jackson developed a painkiller addiction following an accident while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984 that caused to his hair to catch fire, leading his manager Ron Weisner years later to develop a plan to kidnap the superstar in order to get him treatment.
Weisner has revealed “there were other people in Michael’s life who attempted interventions, none of whom came close to helping”.
Weisner, who also managed Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney, revealed his aborted drastic plan in an upcoming book Listen Out Loud.
The celebrity manager remembers speaking to Jackson 20 times a day during his “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” days before he told sister La Toya “I’d snatch him. I’d get some people to grab him, take him to some rehab facility in the middle of nowhere.”
Weisner also revealed by 2006 Jackson’s addiction and money problems became so bad he escaped to Bahrain where he was plied with all the drugs he wanted by two of the country’s princes.
Weisner discussed his kidnapping plans with La Toya 10 times before she gave him the go-ahead.
The plan ‐ to use a team to kidnap Jackson, bundle him onto a plane and fly him to a rehab centre in the middle of nowhere — was abandon by La Toya at the last minute.
“There was little question that [the law] would view this as a kidnapping rather than an attempt to help a colleague,” Weisner reflected.
Weisner also speaks about his last meeting with Jackson only days before he died, saying that he “hadn’t looked really healthy for a good long while, but this was a whole other level” and thinking he looked “like a goddamn prisoner of war”.
Source: Page Six
Author: Nicholas McCallum, Approving editor: Simon Black
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