Former Guard Says Jackson’s Innocent- MJEOL Bullet #111
Fox news reporter Roger Friedman (yeah , him) broke news March 12 when he reported that one of Jackson’s former bodyguards, Mike LaPerruque, says Jackson is completely innocent and is prepared to testify to it in court. Laperruque is “a retired sergeant on the LA County Sheriff‘s Dept. who remains on reserve after a 22 year active career (see Guard: Jackson’s Innocent ). Friedman says LaPerruque worked for Jackson from August 2001 until June 2003 and met the accuser and family. Friedman says LaPerruque will testify, if called before a jury, that Jackson can only be innocent of these charges because he was with Jackson 24/7:
I was with him 24/7. I had a key to his room at all times, and I was never told not to use it.
Refreshing your memory once again, the prosecution is alleging abuse occurred from Feb 7-March10 2003. When asked if he has ever seen Jackson in bed with a child, LaPerruque says:
No! Of Course not.
Friedman reports that LaPerruque says he thought this case was a shakedown as soon as he heard it. Many people, including Jackson’s attorneys and friends, also believe this to be the case. In a Dec 18 press conference, Mark Geragos said:
And what we have here is an intersection between a shakedown — somebody who’s looking for money — with somebody, an investigation, that’s got an axe to grind. Because otherwise, there would be no way — no way — that any self-respecting prosecutor would be going forward on the basis of this patent and unbelievably — shakedown is the only word that I can use. (see Mark Geragos 2nd Press Conference – Official TRANSCRIPT
The lawyer for JCPenney, who went up against this family in the past, has said that they were involved in shaking JCPenney down for a settlement. Attorney Tom Griffin was very blunt with his feelings about this family, what they did to JCPenney, and what he thinks they are currently doing to Jackson:
TOM GRIFFIN, ATTORNEY FOR J.C. PENNEY: It became readily apparent that this was an incident and it turned into, in my opinion, a scam to [extort] money from J.C. Penney.
TAIBBI: Tom Griffin represented Penney‘s, which ultimately paid $137,500 settlement to the family days before the scheduled trial in 2001. The family had sued for three million.
(voice-over): But NBC News has obtained more than 100 pages of documents not on the public record, including defense deposition excerpts and psychiatric reports and the documents give a far more detailed version of J.C. Penney‘s case. That the psychiatrist hired by Penney‘s found the mother to be schizophrenic and delusional and severely depressed. Sad over being a nobody, she‘d said, a sad housewife getting fat, even though her own therapist found her to be anxious and depressed after the incident, but not delusional.
Penney‘s says that more than two years after the incident, the mother added on the charge that one security guard had also fondled her breasts and pelvic area for up to seven minutes. And that Penney‘s psychiatrist said she rehearsed her two sons to back up her far-fetched story in what sounded like scripted copies of her testimony that they and she had all suffered broken bones, in addition to her sexual assault.
Penney‘s insist there was no evidence to back up any of the allegations.
GRIFFIN: She just came up with this fairy tale, not a fairy tale, it‘s a horror story, and just ran with it (see Abrams Report: JCPenny Lawyer Blasts Accuser’s Mother ).
When asked what he thought specifically the family was doing to Jackson, Griffin says:
GRIFFIN: They‘re going for a homerun this time. This is a shakedown. Shakedown, part two.
LaPerruque will be a problem for the prosecution because he was in Jackson’s employ before, during, and after the time the prosecution is claiming abuse occurred, coupled with his credentials in law enforcement. If he was one of the people with Jackson 24/7, how in the world could Jackson have abused anybody?
It’s a fat-chance if LaPerruque will be called by Sneddon to testify in front of the grand jury. LaPerruque says he has been offered all sorts of things, like money and trips, for an interview about Jackson. He has refused all offers, but does reveal his thoughts about this latest situation. His opinion about the mother is not the first to be uttered of its kind. Of her, Friedman reports:
He[LaPerruque] called the mother of Jackson’s 13-year-old accuser “the type of woman who knew how to manipulate people.”
This sentiment about the mother has been echoed by a number of people. In an earlier report, Friedman says he spoke to Brett Ratner, along with other “sources” who had more than a few choice words for the accuser and his mother. This is from that Feb 23 column:
“I always had a weird feeling that the mother would set Michael up,” Ratner told me yesterday. “I always liked the father. But the mother was an opportunist.” (see Rush Hour Actor, Director: Inside Info on Jack[son] )
“[The boy] would sit in my director’s chair. When I told him to get up, he’d tell me to go to hell.” Ratner said, “He used to tell me, ‘Brett, I don’t like the last shot’ while he was watching us make the movie. He’s telling me how to make my movie! He’s more street smart than I was at that age. If someone tried to fondle him, he’d punch them in the face. He’s an adult. I think the jury will see that.”
Stay tuned. -MJEOL :3pinned [url=http://forum.mjeol.com/index.php?showtopic=15328]Comments?[/url]