Entertainment behind the scenes
Has reclusive pop star Michael Jackson managed to stave off foreclosure on his famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California? The answer, depending on who you ask, is: “Yes,” “no,” “maybe,” “sort of” or “go away and don’t call here anymore.”
The confusion began when the Associated Press ran a story on Thursday, headlined “Jackson lawyer: Neverland auction off” that said the self-appointed King of Pop had reached an 11th-hour deal to refinance the property before New York-based Fortress Investment Group foreclosed on him.
The AP story, which quickly made news around the world, was sourced to a Jackson attorney named L. Londell McMillan, who was quoted only as saying, somewhat cryptically: “Neverland and MJ are fine.”
Since then, McMillan has clammed up – refusing to even take phone calls on the matter. His assistant has referred our reporter to Jackson’s spokeswoman and by Friday morning sounded irritable, asking: “Weren’t you told yesterday to call the publicist?”