2006 ~ MTV Japan MTV Awards, SMAP Japan variety show, The Michael Jackson Company, Shaffel vs. Jackson Trial, music with Will I Am, World Music Awards, MJ moved back to US (Las Vegas)
- January 7 :
Michael went to see the movie ‘Oliver Twist’ at the Dana Mall with Grace & the kids
- January 13 :
Michael was invited by the Al Gosaibi family to their wedding celebrations and he surprised everyone by showing up at the marriage ceremony. Michael, his children, & Grace have now moved into a mansion in Sanad, about 10km south of Manama.
- January 18 :
In a recent investigation by federal authorities, it was concluded that the animals at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch were not being mistreated.
- January 23 :
Neverland’s veterinarian Dr Martin Dinnes revealed that lawsuit over unpaid bills has been settled.
- January 25 :
Michael was seen at a shopping mall in Manama, disguised as a Bahraini woman and accompanied by Blanket, Prince, Paris & Grace.
- January 26 :
Michael, Grace & the kids flew to Hamburg in to visit the Shleiter family but upon arriving to their house, fans and reporters arrived after hearing the news of his arrival on the radio.
- January 30 :
Unable to go out because of the fans & reporters in front of the house, Michael, Anton, Grace & the kids left Hamburg and flew to Venice.
They landed in Marco Polo airport and traveled to Florence where they checked in to Weistein Excelsior Hotel
- February 3 :
They left Florence and went to the Neapolitan Riviera resort of Sorrento where they stayed at The Villa Savarese.
- February 8 :
They left Sorrento and went to Roma.
They flew from Roma to London .
They stayed on and off at Cliveden in Berkshire.
Michael hosted a big party for Prince’s 9th birthday.
- February 15 :
The California Court of Appeal ruled that Debbie Rowe’s parental rights were not terminated by an earlier court order and that she can pursue custody of Prince & Paris.
- February 21 :
Michael hosted a big party for Blanket’s 4th birthday.
- February 23 :
Thomas Mesereau confirmed that he was no longer Michael’s attorney but they remained close friends.
Michael, Grace & the kids moved from Cliveden to the Buckland Manor Hotel near Broadway and they visited Mark Lester at his home in Cheltenham.
- March 2:
Michael, Grace & the kids went back to Cliveden.
- March 6 :
Jermaine Jackson appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live to refute claims from Stacy Brown that he was planning a damaging book on Michael.
- March 9 :
Following complaints from Neverland employees who hadn’t been paid since December 23, authorities decided to close the ranch and ordered Michael to pay $69,000 in fines for allowing his insurance to lapse + $100,000 in fines for not paying the employees and $306,000 for the 3 months wages of the 69 employees
- March 11 :
Michael, Grace & the kids return to Manama. Michael had dinner with Prince Abdullah at The Hunting Lodge.
- March 12 :
Michael watched the Bahrain Grand Prix from the VIP tower and he then attended the official Formula One after party at Manama where he met DJ Whoo Kid.
- March 13 :
Michael had dinner with Prince Abdullah, DJ Whoo Kid & John Legend and they discussed musical collaborations with 50 Cent & Kayne West.
- March 16 :
Employees of Neverland were summoned to the ranch in staggered groups, given back pay for 12 weeks and were told incorrect info including the ranch had been shut down by Michael.
- Early April :
Michael attended a private party in Bahrain where he met Arab singer Ragheb Alama.
Michael’s lawyers filed a Petition for Review with the California State Supreme Court. They ask the State Court to review an earlier decision that helped clear the way for Debbie to argue for custody rights to Prince & Paris.
- April 03 :
Michael hosted a big party for Paris’ 8th birthday.
- April 13 :
It was announced that Michael has restructured his finances. “Following negotiations with several leading financial institutions, Mr. Jackson has concluded refinancing with affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, the lender that currently holds secured debts that were previously held by Bank of America,” the statement said.
Qays H. Zubi Attorneys & Legal Consultants were part of an advisory team that included Bahrain-based financial adviser Ahmed Al Khan, it said.
The music catalog that Jackson co-owns, known as Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, includes 200 Beatles hits and is thought to be worth $1 billion. The deal ultimately would require Jackson to sell half of his 50 percent share in the catalog to Sony, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the negotiations.
- April 18 :
It was announced that Michael had hired English music mogul Guy Holmes as new manager who is also named CEO of Two Seas Records, the label founded by ruler Sheik Abdulla Hamad Al-Khalifa & Jermaine Jackson. Michael was currently writing a new album which was due for release late next year on 2 Seas Records.
- April 19 :
Michael Jackson met with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Safriya Palace in Safriya ( Bahrain )
Michael was in London to give a second deposition for the Marc Schaffel’s lawsuit.
- May 23 :
Michael talked briefly to Showbiz Reporter Fiona Cummins at the London offices of Harrods where he wa s visiting Mohamed Al Fayed.
- May 24 :
The California Supreme Court declined Michael’s appeal against ex-wife Debbie Rowe regarding her parental rights.
- May 26 :
Michael arrived in Tokyo, Japan with his children and Grace.
They were joined by Raymone Bain.
- May 27 :
Michael (accompanied by Raymone) attended the MTV Japan Awards ceremony at Yoyugi Olympic Stadium in Tokyo where he was presented with the MTV Legend Award.
- May 28 :
Michael visited an orphanage in Tokyo with Grace, Prince, Paris & Raymone.
- May 29 :
Michael had business meetings in his hotel and then went out shopping
- May 30 :
Michael & Grace took the kids to the Tokyo Disneyland.
- May 31 :
Michael made a surprise appearance on widly popular SMAP variety show in Japan.
- June 1 :
Michael & Raymone Bain signed an agreement appointing her as his personal general manager and president of his new company, The Michael Jackson Company
Michael, his children, and Grace left Tokyo.
- June 12 :
Michael who is in Versailles, France with Anton Grace & the kids gave a deposition in the Prescient case.
- June 14 :
Michael, Anton, Grace & the kids went to Disneyland Paris where they checked in to the New York Hotel.
- June 23 :
Michael, Grace, Anton & the kids left Disneyland Paris & flew to Cork in Ireland.
- June 27 :
In what is the first of a sweeping restructuring of his personal and business affairs, Michael severed ties with his long-time accounts and business managers, Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman & Sloan, with Bahrani attorneys Qays Zu’bi and Grahame Nelson, and Gut Records executive, Guy Holmes.
He has also established ‘The Michael Jackson Company, Inc.’, with plans to phase out MJJ Productions.In other related matters, he has named Spokesperson Raymone K. Bain as General Manager, and has retained N.Y.-based L. Londell McMillan and The McMillan Firm, known for business restructurings and turnarounds, to oversee legal matters pertaining to his business affairs. Michael had previously announced plans to record an album which he predicted would be released in 2007.
His recent Japan tour was the first in what would be a line of public appearances, and he was reviewing numerous offers to tour musically, which he planed to embark upon within the next several months.
Michael, who was in Ireland on personal business, planned on relocating to Europe in the near future. He was continuing to build his management team and other appointments would be forthcoming.
- June 28 (Day 1 of Shaffel VS Jackson civil trial):
A jury was selected in Santa Monica and Suprior Court. Judge Jacqueline Connor allowed Michael ‘s lawyer, Thomas Mundell & Schaffel’s lawyer Howard King to give mini opening statements.
- June 29 (Day 2):
Howard King opened his case by showing the Jury part of Michael’s videotaped deposition then he calls his first witness Allan Whitman.
- June 30 (Day 3):
The defense called Evelyn Tavasci, Michael’s assistant for 15 years
- July 3 :
Debbie sued Michael at Los Angeles Superior Court for failing to pay her what he promised after their divorce. She was seeking an immediate payment of $195,000 + $50,000 in living expenses.
- July 5 (Day 4):
Testimonies of Marc Schaffel & Al Malnik.
- July 6 (Day 5):
Marc Schaffel was cross examined by Thomas Mundell and the Jurors got to see more of Michael’s videotaped deposition.
- July 7 (Day 6):
End of Schaffel’s cross examination. Howard King showed the Jury more of Michael’s depositions + audio clips of Michael’s voicemails left on Schaffel’s answering machine.
He then rests his case and the defense called her next witness Raul Perez.
- July 10 (Day 7):
The defense called Michael’s former lawyer Zia Modabber.
- July 11 (Day 8):
Zia Modabber was cross examined by Schaffel’s lawyer. The defense then calls forensic accountant Jan Goren.
- July 12 (Day 9):
Jan Goren was cross examided. The defense rests its case and Howard King gave his closing arguments.
- July 13 (Day 10):
Thomas Mundell gave his closing arguments and the case went to Jury deliberations.
- July 14 (verdict day) :
In a split decision, Santa Monica civil court jury awards $900,000 to Schaffel in his complaint and $200,000 to Michael in his cross-complaint. F. Marc Schaffel originally sued for $3.8 million, but his claims were later reduced to $1.6 million, and his attorney ultimately asked the jury for $1.4 million in unpaid loans and expenses before deliberations began Thursday. Michael’s attorney had said Schaffel owed the Michael $660,000.
- August 7 :
In what could be one of the biggest conspiracies in entertainment history, documents had been sent to Michael Jackson, and his representatives, which revealed a deliberate plan by some former attorneys as well as associates and advisors, to force Mr. Jackson into involuntary bankruptcy. The documents revealed that former attorneys actively solicited other attorneys, vendors and creditors to “join in a petition to place the client in involuntary bankruptcy.” Mr. Jackson who, on June 27, 2006, announced sweeping organizational changes, has instructed his legal team to investigate and file claims against those responsible for conspiracy, bad faith, and self dealing. These efforts may also result in civil and/or criminal charges, where appropriate. In addition, there was a strong possibility that these documents would be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney General for review and possible involvement.“Mr. Jackson is neither shocked or surprised by these revelations,” says Raymone K. Bain, Michael Jackson’s General Manager. “Based on the timing of events that have impacted his personal and professional life in recent years, he has long been suspicious that some of those whom he entrusted to act on his behalf, and to advise him with respect to his personal and business affairs, may not have always acted in his best interests.”
- August 29 :
Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace threw a surprise birthday party for Michael at the luxurious Luggala Castle, in Co. Wicklow where they had neen staying for the past few weeks.
- September 29 :
Michael & Debbie had reached a confidential settlement over their 3 years long dispute regarding Debbie’s visitation rights on Prince & Paris & money compensation.
Michael who was still in Ireland with Grace & the kids had recently met with hip hop producer Ron Feemster & his uncle/manager Charles Stanton to discuss possible collaboration on his his album.
He also asked Teddy Rilley and Will I AM from the Black Eyed Peas to work on new songs for him.
Michael agreed to let US journalist Billy Bush from Access Hollywood visit him at the Grouse Lodge residential recording studios in remote Westmeth, Ireland where he was staying with his children and Grace, and working on new music with producer Will I AM.
- November 2/3 :
NBC aired Michael’s interview on Access Hollywood.
- November 12 :
Michael arrived in London with Grace & the kids and they checked in to the Hempel hotel.
- November 13 :
Michael was joined by Raymone and they had dinner at the Nobu restaurant with billionaire retail tycoon Sir Philip Green. They then went to the Oxford Street branch of Topshop which Sir Philip opened up especially for Michael at midnight.
- November 14 :
Michael went to the Guinness Book Of Records office in London to collect his certificates of records sales.
- November 15 :
Michael attended the World Music Awards ceremony at Earl Court where Beyonce presented him with the Diamond Award for the Thriller sales and he performed a few lines of ‘We Are The World’.
- November 16 :
Michael went to Royal Albert Hall with Grace, Raymone, and his children to see Mary Poppins
- November 18 :
Michael & his entourage left London & went back to Ireland.
Michael’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the company Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman & Sloan, claiming negligence and breach of fiduciary duty
- December 23 :
- December 24/25 :
Michael went to shopping at the Forum Shop at Caesars.
He moved into a house owned by Luke Brugnara where he celebrated Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.
Michael, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson & Raymone attends James Brown’s funerals held at the James Brown arena in Augusta, Georgia and made a speech.