Jackson Told To Apologise For 'Anti-Semitic Rant'
LATEST: Pop superstar MICHAEL JACKSON must apologise for allegedly making a series of anti-Semitic comments on a voicemail message, the US Anti-Defamation League (ADL) demanded yesterday (23NOV05).
On Tuesday (22NOV05), a tape purportedly featuring Jackson leaving a message for his former advisor DIETER WIESNER two years ago was aired on US TV show GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
On it, the man - alleged to be Jackson - says, "They (Jews) suck. They're like leeches... I'm so tired of it... they start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything. End up penniless. It is conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."
In response, ADL director Abraham H Foxman said in a statement: "Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak and hasn't learned from his past mistakes.
"It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews."
In his 1996 song THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US, Jackson sang, "Jew me, sue me," and "kick me, kike me". At the time, the singer apologised, explaining the lyrics had been intended as anti-racist.
The controversial tape was released by Wiesner's lawyer HOWARD KING. On Monday (21NOV05) Wiesner filed a $64 million (GBP35.5 million) lawsuit against Jackson, claiming fraud and breach of contract.
Jackson had no comment yesterday, according to his spokeswoman RAYMONE K BAIN, writes the New York Daily News.