If you haven’t yet seen Leaving Neverland, I strongly suggest you tick that box.
It’s not easy viewing, but documentaries about years of alleged sexual abuse of minors never are.
One person who is on the record as saying that she believes Jackson’s accusers is Adrian McManus, who was his former ‘maid’, and has spoken at length about some of his more sordid secrets.
Now she’s back in the news, speaking out ahead of the rumoured release of a book by Lisa Marie Presley, Jackson’s former wife and daughter of Elvis.
Ms McManus says the King of Pop would “play games” — such as scattering women’s underwear and broken glasses in his room — to make her believe the couple had enjoyed a night of passion.
Her claims come after another ex-employee of Jackson’s, Sandy Domz, claimed the star used to spray Presley’s underwear with perfume and throw it on the floor.
“When they were dating I walked into his bedroom and his comforter smelled of women’s fragrance,” Ms McManus, from Nipomo, California, said…
“I thought that he was trying to make me think that something was going on between him and her. I knew they were dating, but he was trying to make me believe they were sexually close. I always had my doubts.
“From my recollection she never stayed overnight in his private bedroom. Never once did I walk into Michael’s bedroom and see them in bed or hanging out.”
McManus said that when Presley did spend the night, she would stay in The Rose Room, which was quite some way from Jackson’s room, and that she could never recall Jackson spending the night with his wife.
Presley’s account of her sex life with Jackson is rather different:
Presley has been very vocal about her sex life with Jacko, telling pals that sex with Jackson was the best she’d ever had — and saying he would sing and screech his way to orgasm.
She told friends her husband of two years preferred to have sex standing up and it was “absolutely wild”, according to claims made in the book Dark Lady by Anthony Gregoreli.
Don’t picture Jackson singing and screeching his way to orgasm. Don’t.
Another pal claimed that insecure Jackson would shriek “don’t look at me” before romping — unless he was caked in make-up.
Now there’s an image for the ages.
Whilst Jackson’s exploits between the sheets, or lack thereof, isn’t really our concern, what allegedly happened after Presley left is important:
Ms McManus — who is writing a book about her life with the King of Pop — said as soon as Presley would leave, young boys would arrive to keep Jackson company.
“When she left the estate Michael would never talk to anyone about her or being with her,” she said.
“I can remember distinct days when she would leave and then a couple of hours later his child companions would arrive — and his focus was totally them.”
…“I can easily see why this marriage could have been a publicity stunt,” Ms McManus added.
“You cannot overlook where Michael’s career was at that time. He had just settled out of court with Jordie Chandler about child sex abuse, and his image was in trouble. So to have a high-profile wife, one of the world’s most desired women, came at a great time to silence the doubters. Don’t forget this was Hollywood.”
Presley, in the years following the couple’s 1996 divorce, did little to discourage the idea that the marriage was a PR stunt. When asked by Howard Stern in 2003 about exactly that, she responded, “I don’t know. I think you should ask him.”
McManus also spoke about how some of Jackson’s juvenile behaviour, and pranks, irked Presley:
Ms McManus [below] said Jackson used to love acting “like a little boy”, pulling pranks that didn’t seem to amuse Presley.
She said: “One time when I was cleaning the movie theatre they stole my golf cart and left me stranded.
“I remember seeing him driving off with the cart, giggling like they played a prank on me.
“Later when security came to pick me up, because it was a 40 minute walk to the main house, Jackson and Presley drove back on the cart the opposite way. He just sat there laughing away like he had told the funniest joke in the world, while his wife did not really react.
“It was another example of his childlike nature, which would be funny to a five-year-old but not to adults after a while. Lisa probably had to deal with that all the time.”
Jackson fans have done their best to discredit McManus, and anybody else who speaks out against Jackson, over the years.
51-year-old Presley’s book, which “promises shocking revelations about Michael Jackson and a completely new understanding of Elvis”, may well lead to similar attacks on her credibility.
No doubt we’ll receive a few messages ourselves in the coming days.
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