When and why do you think MJ became controversial?

This question was posted at mjjc and I thought it was interesting, and I want to get your take about it. While the original questioner had limitations to the question of "controversy", I want everything to be included.

When and why do you think Mike became so "controversial"?

I think he became controversial the minute he started to define himself for himself instead of letting people draw conclusions about who he is.

Jackson Not Responsible for Hospital Treatment

Pop star Michael Jackson is no longer named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges intentional infliction of emotional and mental distress by Jackson, Marian Medical Center and Catholic Healthcare West.

The suit was filed by the family of a Santa Maria woman who died at the hospital in February 2005.