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June 30, 2010 Michael, Novel, Mottola, Malnik and
Bandier - What Really Happened?
People have mentioned the name of Gordon Novel before, but until
today never really did any digging in his direction. Novel visited
Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch back in 2005,
during Michaels trial.
That article tells a story from Novels point of view,
of Michael seeking someone who could do some covert investigation
into the people that were trying to sabotage his career and
force him into bankruptcy in order to gain control of his 50%
share of the Sony/ATV catalog. As Novel tells it, he didnt
want to have Tommy on his bad side. He said his
sources in New York said Tommy was a dangerous guy.
Novel turned Michael down and didnt take the case. Amusing
that he mentioned that Michael stiffed him (of the plane ticket
he was told would be waiting for him at the airport) and he
had to call the family to get his plane ticket back home paid
for. If this is true, I take it Michael was more than a little
ticked at being charged $25,000 for a consultation fee that
So who is Gordon Novel?
His Biography is not only diverse, it is creepy. Novel has
been involved in everything from JFKs assignation investigation
to UFOs. He is one strange character, but Michael should
probably count himself lucky that Novel didnt get involved.
"In his youth, Gordon Novel belonged to a neo-Nazi group
and was arrested and charged with bombing a Metairie, Louisiana,
theater that admitted blacks. Wrote A.J. Weber and
In the Daily Pulp blog above, Novel is interviewed
and gives account of his meeting with Michael Jackson. He paints
Michael as afraid of being killed in prison (this
meeting was during his trial), and being very, very afraid
of going to prison. We all know that.
Novel added in answer to questions, that he believed Michael
was probably set up but wouldnt commit to
any assumption that it was Mottola.
Novel told the interviewer that Michael believed Mottola was
mob-connected and that Malnik was representing the Mob. Novel
also said that he couldnt vouch for any of what Michael
believed and that he had nothing against Mottola.
Michael had told Novel that Malnik had betrayed him. I was surprised
by the revelations by Novel that Michael had a special
loathing for Malnik because the man had betrayed him.
Novel told Michael that Malnik had said that Michael had made
him the executor of his will. Novel said that he believed that
Michael and Malnik were no longer friends just by how pissed
off Michael was about what Malnik was telling every one.
Novel also mentioned that Michaels mental state was
excellent and that he was lucid and did not appear to
be on any drugs. This is during Michaels trial.
So WHO keeps peddling the drug stories? (Wisner, Konitzer, Klein,
just about every tabloid, Dimond, various family members, even
though they wont use drug and addicted
in the same sentence nor mention drug and interventions
in the same sentence or in context of the same decade).
During 1993, since many of us are unsure if there was a strong
enough reason to believe that Sony, Mottola or anyone within
Sony (Branca?) would have been after the ATV catalog (this is
before Sony partnered with Michael in the music
publishing business), I thought the chartto the right would
be interesting. This was courtesy of Brian Everett. He said,
This chart is the 1993 case ....[THIS WAS 17 YEARS
IN THE PAST, NEW EXECUTIVES & OWNERS...NOW],...it
is very hard to lay this out, using just words, so we think
this will make it clear..I only had a small part in the case,
as you can see.....once Evan Chandler started his war, the whole
thing went from control, to destroy.
Sony knew Michael had the catalog when they purchased Epic Records
and thereby effectively buying his contract. When Michaels
contract was renegotiated, he was offered the highest royalties
in the business by Mottola, which sent Yetnikoff into a panic,
even though Yetnikoff liked Michael.
this paragraph on the MJFiles web site:
In June 1993, Tommy famously married the then-fledgling
teenage singer Mariah Carey. The same year, he started having
problems managing Michael Jackson, whose US sales were steadily
dropping, partly because of the well publicized molestation
allegations from Jordan Chandler. I knew it was always
your problem, a Mottola aide claims he heard Tommy tell
Michael when the latter was requesting a $30 million check and
a Sony statement of support. But you better @#%$ stop.
You hear that Michael? You better @#%$ stop. Mottola denies
ever having said anything of the sort.
What else happened in 1993? That timeline is also interesting.
In February of 1993, Michael Jackson gave a 90-minute
interview to Oprah Winfrey and refuted all the tabloid rumors
and discussed many personal subjects such as the pain of his
fathers abuse and the history of his skin disorder, Vitiligo.
Michael became friends with Jordan Chandler, a boy who Michael
was introduced to by Jordans step father who ran the Wrent-a-Wreck
that Michael and his bodyguard went to when Michaels vehicle
broke down. Later that year, Evan Chanlder, Jordans real
father would attempt extortion, then file charges when Michael
didnt cave. Jordans mother sided with Michael until
Evan managed to get the court to agree that he should be awarded
with custody of Jordan. Then she agreed to take part when threatened
by Evan of losing out on the deal.
November 24 of that year, Michael announced that EMI Music
Publishing would begin managing his ATV music catalogue, which
included the Beatles songs. Michael would receive an annual
amount of $70 million in advance against revenue that EMI expected
to generate managing the catalogues publishing rights
during the five year contract.
On December 8, Michaels sister LaToya went on air
in Israel and betrayed her own brother by stating she could
not stand by and let Michael hurt children. She later recanted,
saying her abusive and jealous husband forced her to say those
things about Michael. My first thought was, who paid LaToya
or her husband?
December 14, Jordan described Michaels private
parts to the DA and detectives. As a result, a search warrant
issued by Tom Sneddon subjected Michael to a humiliating examination
and photographs of his private parts in his home by a court
paid doctor with a detective and Michaels lawyer present.
On January 24th Michael and his insurance companies settled
with the Chandler family for approximately $20 million; the
amount Evan had originally tried to extort from Michael to fund
a screen play he wrote.
Here is a telling excerpt from an article published in 1993
by Andrea Adelson:
THE MEDIA BUSINESS; EMI to Pay Michael Jackson $70 Million
to Manage Music | Nov 25, 1993
"The pop singer Michael Jackson said through his lawyer yesterday
that EMI Music Publishing would begin managing his 6,000-title
music catalogue, which includes most early Beatles hits, in
a deal being described as the most lucrative in music publishing.
Mr. Jackson will receive $70 million in advance against revenue
that EMI expected to generate managing the publishing rights
to ATV Music. The catalog, acquired by Mr. Jackson in 1985 for
$47.5 million, includes the classic Lennon-McCartney Beatles
compositions, as well as songs from Little Richard, Elvis Presley
and the Pointer Sisters.
Total revenue over the deal’s five-year term is estimated to
be $150 million, said Martin N. Bandier, president of EMI Music
Publishing, which controls 900,000 songs in its own catalogs."
Martin Bandier is now the CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
This makes it much more believable that this conspiracy to destroy
Michael Jackson could have begun as far back as 1993 with the
Did Bandier and Mottola tag-team Michael? Are they buddies?
this real estate article, they now live in the same neighborhood.
Sony/Jackson Estate announcement tries to convince the public
that Michael Jackson’s “continuing relationship” with Sony would
negate the bad press Sony received after Michael’s allegations
of racism and artist sabotage in 2002. We are to believe that
there was a “continuing relationship” when indeed their was
not. Michael broke ties with Sony and during contract manipulation
Michael found out he still owed them two albums. Michael was
done. Michael’s own “Mijac” catalog rights were due to convert
to him the month after he died. The Sony/ATV partnership, along
with Mijac Music, which controls rights to Mr. Jackson’s own
song writing, made Michael one of the largest independent music
publishers in the world.
Interestingly, in 1985, Bandier and Michael had gone
head to head in bidding for the ATV catalog originally, but
Michael had cash and agreed to perform a benefit concert in
Perth. Bandier lost out. Bandier managed the ATV catalog under
EMI. Now he manages it under Sony/ATV Publishing.
Did Bandier and Mottola conspire?
Michael sold 50% of his ATV catalog to Sony in 1995. Two years
after the allegations and the $20+million settlement. In this
article on the
MJ Files toward the bottom of the article it
says, Just a year later, Michael Jackson would be forced
to sell Sony a 50 percent stake in his ATV catalog to the tune
of more than $100 million, the official line being in
order to help shore up his wobbling accounts.
Back to Malnik and Mottolas relationship, I wanted to
know more about that. I found no business dealings between Malnik
or Mottola. Only references to Malnik receiving a phone call
from Mottola when Michael was visiting there and the fact that
they both have connections to the mob.
After much digging, I did find that the rumor (because no other
proof is available or cannot be found) concerning Martin Bashirs
brother working for Mottola supposedly came from the Schmuley
tapes. I was of the impression that the Schmuley tapes were
made before the Bashir documentary came out and that the book
Schmuley and Michael had planned to published based on those
tapes, was halted because of the Bashir documentary and subsequent
child molestation charges. I did not see it mentioned in the
book version I have.
This article from a
November 1996 Vanity Fair , posted on a forum, gives some
really good insight to Tommy Mottola and previous dealings with
Seems Michael is not the only one in which Mottola tried to
play the bankruptcy game. According to the article,
Tommys protégés Hall and Oats also
were put in a position of borrowing money and filing suits to
find out what happened to all the money, only to come to a confidential,
amicable settlement. Billy Joel was also on the
outs with Mottola at one time, settled again, out of court.
It's a very interesting article. You should read it. It makes
me want to not buy another CD, DVD or anything from the entertainment
industry ever again.
Currently I see a bigger conspiracy between Mottola and Bandier
than I do Malnik. Bandier had been there even before Tommy was
in the picture. Bandier was the original bidder against Michael
Jackson for the ATV catalog and he has been within spitting
distance of it since 1985.
Most notable in all this mess was Michaels reserve of
strength. It still boggles the mind, the covetousness, the sense
of entitlement and the complete disregard for the life of a
person who put them on the map and made their companies what
they are today, as the music industry has for it's artists.
As far as Tommy Mottola is concerned, my opinion is, that someone
has to be incredibly insecure to have a personal body guard
walking his wife back and forth to a bathroom door within their
house for fear a dust bunny would make a pass at her.
I believe that Michaels death has little to do with AEG
and MUCH to do with Tommy Mottola and Sonys Martin Bandier.
Al Malnik dropped his claim of being Blankets biological
father and of Michael Jacksons estate. He never offered
an explanation as to why Michaels friendship with him
cooled around the time of the 2003 molestation allegations and
he still praised Michael and his fathering skills. But from
the looks of Michaels face in photos taken during the
latter part of Michaels time with him in Florida, he looked
completely and totally miserable. Perhaps those photos marked
the time that Michael learned that Malnik was in cahoots with