journalist Martin Bashir was accused of having Michael Jackson’s blood on his hands after his controversial documentary starring The King of Pop was released in 2003.
The doctor, titled Living with Michael Jackson, was partially blamed for his fall, which later led to his untimely death in 2009 when he overdosed from acute propofol poisoning.
According to The Mirror, Jackson’s former confidante and attorney Brian Oxman believes Bashir had an agenda once he secured his interview with Jackson.
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Oxman claims the controversial journalist wants Jackson to be “overthrown” on television like Princess Diana, whom he interviewed in 1995, on television.
One of the many controversial topics covered in the Jackson documentary was the singer “Smooth Criminal” ‘s admiration for children before he confessed to sometimes sharing the same bed with a 12 year old boy.
Jackson also admitted the kids, who stayed at his Neverland ranch every other weekend, were allowed to sleep in his room, and when asked where he would sleep, he said on the floor.
The comments later led Santa Barbara Jackson authorities to charge seven cases of child abuse and two other cases of alcoholic beverage poisoning of a minor in December 2003.
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After pleading not guilty, Jackson’s trial began in January 2005 and in June of that year he was acquitted of all crimes and four offenses.
Nonetheless, Oxman told The Mirror that the child abuse trial “tormented” Jackson until his death.
“Some family members feel that Martin Bashir has blood on his hands. He killed Princess Diana on TV. He wanted to do the same with the greatest entertainer in the world, ”said Oxman.
“Michael was cleared up in every way, but these false accusations meant whatever he was doing there was a cloud hanging over him.”
Jackson’s public role changed after the documentary was released, and when his trial began two years later, chart winner “Billie Jean” spent millions of his money on legal fees, which led him into bankruptcy at the time of his death.
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Bashir allegedly told Jackson the privilege of documenting how he helped sick children, stressing that those who misrepresented his intentions were “gross,” but the 57-year-old defied his word and brought it up the exact opposite of what he originally accused the singer and his team.
In an unreleased scene from the documentary, Bashir reportedly said, “It almost makes me cry. Your interaction is just so natural and loving. “
Oxman says Jackson’s reputation and well-being have been damaged by Bashir’s wrongdoing and that he should take responsibility for the singer’s untimely death in 2009.
According to The Mirror, Bashir’s spokesman was approached but made no comment.