Michael’s timeline : 2006

Brett Barnes visits Michael and the kids in Bahrein for three weeks. It’s the last time he ever sees Michael.

January 7 : Michael goes to see the movie Oliver Twist at the Dana Mall with Grace and the kids.

January 13 : Michael is invited by the Al Gosaibi family to their wedding celebrations and he surprises everyone by showing up at the marriage ceremony.

Michael, Grace and the kids 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 are not being mistreated.

January 23 : Neverland’s veterinarian Dr Martin Dinnes reveals that lawsuit over unpaid bills has been settled.

January 25 : Michael is spotted behind a shopping mall in Manama, disguised as a Bahraini woman and accompanied by Blanket, Prince, Paris and Grace.

January 26 : Michael, Grace and the kids fly to Hamburg  to visit the Shleiter family but upon arriving to their house, fans and reporters arrive after hearing the news of his arrival on the radio…

January 30 : Unable to go out because of the fans and reporters in front of the house, Michael, Anton, Grace & the kids leave Hamburg and fly to Venice
They land in Marco Polo airport and travel to Florence where they check in Weistein Excelsior Hotel

February 3 : They leave Florence and go in the Neapolitan Riviera resort of Sorrento where they stay in The Villa Savarese.

February 8 : They leave Sorrento and go to Roma.

February 11 : They fly from Roma to London .
They stay on and off at Cliveden in Berkshire , the magnificent backdrop to the Profumo sex scandal where they visit Mark Lester and his family.

February 13 : Michael hosts a big party for Prince’s 9th birthday with the Lesters.

February 15 : The California Court of Appeal rules 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 hosts a big party for Blanket’s 4th birthday.

February 23 : Thomas Mesereau confirms that he is no longer Michael’s attorney but they remain close friends.
Michael, Grace and the kids move from Cliveden to the Buckland Manor Hotel near Broadway and they visit Mark Lester at his home in Cheltenham .

March 2 : Michael, Grace & the kids go back to Cliveden.

March 6 : Jermaine Jackson appears on CNN’s Larry King Live to refute claims from Stacy Brown that he was planning a damaging book on Michael just after his arrestation in 2003.

March 9 : Following complaints from Neverland employees who haven’t been paid since December 23, authorities decide to close the ranch and order 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 and the kids return to Manama. Michael has dinner with Prince Abdullah at The Hunting Lodge.

March 12 : Michael watches the Bahrain Grand Prix from the VIP tower and he then attends the official Formula One after party at Manama where he meets DJ Whoo Kid.

March 13 : Michael has dinner with Prince Abdullah, DJ Whoo Kid & John Legend and they discuss musical collaborations with 50 Cent & Kayne West.

March 16 : Employees of Neverland are summoned to the ranch in staggered groups, given back pay for 12 weeks and are told the ranch had been shut down by Michael…

Early April : Michael attends a private party in Bahrain where he meets Arab singer Ragheb Alama.

Michael’s lawyers file a Petition for Review with the California State Supreme Court. They ask the State Court to review an earlier decision that helps clear the way for Debbie to argue for custody rights to Prince & Paris.

Chris Tucker visits Michael in Bahrain.

April 03 : Michael hosts a big party for Paris’ 8th birthday in Manama.

April 13 : It is 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 was part of an advisory team that included Bahrain-based financial adviser Ahmed Al Khan, it said.
The music catalogue 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 catalogue to Sony, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the negotiations.

April 17 : District Judge Eldon Fallon dismisses the suit brought by Joseph Bartucci Jr., who claimed he was lured into Michael ‘s limousine during the 1984 world’s fair in New Orleans and held for nine days, during which he was both sexually and physically assaulted. The lawsuit filed in November 2004 sought unspecified damages.

April 18 : It is announced that Michael has 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 and Jermaine Jackson. Michael is currently writing a new album which is due for release late next year on 2 Seas Records.

April 19 : Michael Jackson meets with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the Safriya Palace in Safriya, Bahrain.

May 20 : Michael meets with Prince Abdulla for the last time and informs his host that he is travelling to London and Tokyo. Shortly after producer Bill Bottrell and drummer Brian Macleod arrives in Bahrain to work on new songs for Michael’s project.

May 21 : Michael grace and the kids fly from Bahrein to London.

May 22 : Michael is in London to give a second deposition for the Marc Schaffel’s lawsuit.

May 23 : Michael talks briefly to Showbiz Reporter Fiona Cummins at the London offices of Harrods where he is visiting his close pal Mohamed Al Fayed.

May 24 : The California Supreme Court declines Michael’s appeal against ex-wife Debbie Rowe regarding her parental rights.

May 26 : Michael arrives in Tokyo (Japan) with Grace and the kids. They are joined by Raymone Bain and Katherine Jackson.

May 27 : Michael (accompanied by Raymone) attends the MTV Japan Awards ceremony at Yoyugi Olympic Stadium in Tokyo where he is presented with the MTV Legend Award. He meets Rihanna backstage.

May 28 : Michael visits an orphanage in Tokyo with Grace, Prince, Paris and Raymone.

May 29 : Michael has business meetings in his hotel and then he goes out for a shopping spree

May 30 : Michael and Grace take the kids to the Tokyo Disneyland.

May 31 : Michael makes a surprise appearance on widly popular SMAP variety show in Japan.

June 1 : Michael and  Raymone Bain sign an agreement appointing her as his personal general manager and president of his new company, The Michael Jackson Company.

June 2 : Michael, Grace and the kids leave Tokyo and fly back to Bahrain.
Upon arriving they learn that their belongings have been put in storage at the Ritz Carlton Hotel!

June 3 : Michael, Grace & the kids leave Bahrain and take a private jet to Paris. They check in the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace in Versailles.

Aileen Medalla, Prince, Paris & Blanket ‘s private teacher join Michael, Grace and the kids soon after.

June 12 : Michael gives a deposition in the Prescient case in Versailles, France.
Michael is also spotted in Paris botanique garden “Jardin Des Plantes” with Anton & the kids.

June 14 : Michael, Anton, Grace, Aileen and the kids go to Disneyland Paris where they check in the New York Hotel.

June 23 : Michael, Grace, Anton and the kids leave Disneyland Paris and fly to Cork in Ireland. They stay at Blackwater Castle.

June 27 : In what is the first of a sweeping restructuring of his personal and business affairs, Michael has severed ties with his long-time accounts and business managers, Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman and 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 has previously announced plans to record an album which he predicts will be released in 2007. His recent Japan tour was the first in what will be a line of public appearances, and he is reviewing numerous offers to tour musically, which he plans to embark upon within the next several months.Michael, who is currently in Ireland on personal business, plans on relocating to Europe in the near future.He is continuing to build his management team and other appointments will be forthcoming.

June 28 (Day 1 of Shaffel VS Jackson civil trial) : A jury is selected in Santa Monica and Suprior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor allows Michael ‘s lawyer, Thomas Mundell & Schaffel’s lawyer Howard King to give mini opening statements.

June 29 (Day 2) : Howard King opens 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 defenses calls Evelyn Tavasci, Michael’s personal assistant for 15 years

July 3 : Debbie sues Michael at Los Angeles Superior Court for failing to pay her what he promised after their divorce. She seeks an immediate payment of $ 195,000 + $50,000 in living expenses.

July 4 : Janet & JD spend Independance Day at their Atlanta home.

July 4 : Michael, Grace, Aileen & the kids check in the Lugalla Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. Set on 5,000 acres, Luggala estate (which has been in the Guinness family since the 1930s) overlooks the scenic Lough Tay and steep Djouce Mountains. Built in 1787, Luggala Lodge is a Gothic-style white castle with decorative battlements, arched windows, and quatrefoil designs. The 7,438-square-foot historic hideaway features seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three living rooms

July 5 (Day 4) : Testimonies of Marc Schaffel and Al Malnik.

July 6 (Day 5) : Marc Schaffel is cross examined bu Thomas Mundell and the Jurors get to see more of Michael’s videotaped deposition.

July 7 (Day 6) : End of Schaffel’s cross examination. Howard King shows 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 calls her next witness Raul Perez.

July 10 (Day 7) : The defense calls Michael’s former lawyer Zia Modabber.

July 11 (Day 8) : Zia Modabber is cross examined bu Schaffel’s lawyer. The defense then calls forensinc accountant Jan Goren.

July 12 (Day 9) : Jan Goren is cross examided. The defense rests its case and Howard King gives his closing arguments.

July 13 (Day 10) : Thomas Mundell gives his closing arguments and the case goes 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 pop star $660,000.

August 7 : In what could be one of the biggest conspiracies in entertainment history, documents have been sent to Michael Jackson, and his representatives, which reveal a deliberate plan by some former attorneys as well as associates and advisors, to force Mr. Jackson into involuntary bankruptcy.The documents reveal 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 is a strong possibility that these documents will 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 18 : Birth of Noah Laniak, first child of Valencia and first grandchild of Marlon and Carol.

August 29 : Prince, Paris, Blanket, Grace & Aileen throw a surprise birthday party for Michael at the luxurious Luggala Castle, in County Wicklow where they have been staying for the past few weeks.

September 29 : Michael and Debbie have reached a confidential settlement over their 3 years long dispute regarding Debbie’s visitation rights on Prince & Paris & money compensation.

Michael who is still in Ireland with Grace and the kids has recently met with hip hop producer Ron Feemster & his uncle/manager Charles Stanton to discuss possible collaboaration 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.

Early October : Michael, the kids, Grace & Aileen move from the valleys of Luggala to the Grouse Moutain Lodge in the Rosemount viillage in Westmeath County.

October 15 : Michael agrees to let US journalist Billy Bush from Access Hollywood visit him at the Grouse Lodge residential recording studios in County Westmeath where he is working on new music with producer Will I AM. Soon after, Michael and the kids move to Coolatore, a large Victorian-style mansion very close to the Grouse Lodge (a 10 minutes walk).

October 16 : In New York City, Katherine gives a déposition in the Prescient case against MJ.

October 30 : Grace & Aileen plan a surprise for the children by secretly decorating one of the room of the Coolatore for Halloween.

November 2/3 : NBC airs Michael’s interview on Access Hollywood.

November 12 : Michael arrives in London with Grace and the kids and they check in the Hempel hotel.

November 13 : Michael is joined by Raymone and they have dinner at the Nobu restaurant with billionaire retail tycoon Sir Philip Green and then they go to the Oxford Street branch of Topshop which Sir Philip opened up especially for Michael at midnight.

November 14 : Michael goes to the Guinness Book Of Records office in London to collect his certificates of records sales.

November 15 : Michael attends the World Music Awards ceremony at Earl Court where Beyonce presents him with the Diamond Award for the Thriller sales and he performs a few lines of “We Are The World’ for the final. During the ceremony, Prince, Paris & Blanket spend a movie night with Miss Aileen.

November 16 : Michael goes to Royal Albert Hall with Grace, Raymone, and kids to see Mary Poppins.

November 18 : Michael and his entourage leave London and they go back to Ireland.

December 21 : Michael’s attorneys file a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the company Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman and Sloan, claiming negligence and breach of fiduciary duty

December 22 : Michael, his personal assistant John Feldman, Grace and the kids arrive in Las Vegas on a private plane from Dublin (Ireland) and they are taken by their new bodyguard Bill Whitfield to a rented house in 2785 South Monte Cristo Way. Miss Aileen goes back to Bahrain to visit her family during the holidays.

December 24 : Eddie Cascio arrives in Vegas. Michael goes to the FAO Schwarz at the Forum Shop inside Caesars Palace with Eddie for a last minute shopping spree. At night he celebrates Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket.

December 25 :  On Christmas morning Michael offers a dog to Prince. He names it Kenya. A few days later Katherine visits them.

December 30 : Michael, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Raymone attends James Brown’s funerals held at the James Brown arena in Augusta (Georgia) and makes a speech.

December 31 : Michael attends the David Copperfield magic show at the MGM Grand in Vegas with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Omer.

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