Jackson's Nanny Was Blamed For Sheikh Lawsuit
MICHAEL JACKSON's former nanny GRACE RWARAMBA has opened up about the late star's financial problems - insisting he tried to blame her for his recent financial rows with an Arab Sheikh.
The Thriller hitmaker, who passed away on Thursday (25Jun09), settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the second son of the king of Bahrain, last year (08) - after he accused the star of reneging on a deal to record a new album and write an autobiography.
The Sheikh also claimed to have bankrolled Jackson's lavish lifestyle when the star fled to Bahrain after he was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005.
Rwaramba, who looked after the singer's three children until her recent dismissal, insists Jackson had no concept of money management and involved her in the Sheikh scandal by allegedly asking to use her bank account for cash donations from his wealthy benefactor.
She says, "(The Sheikh) said he was sending money to Michael through my account. He sent $1 million. Then another $35,000.
"Katherine (Jackson's mother) needed money too. So Michael told me to give her my ATM card. She was cashing out of the machine every day. I checked it.
"When Abdullah sued Michael last year, Michael said in the beginning, ‘Oh, I never got money from him.’ He tried to frame me that I took the money."
Rwaramba then appealed to Jackson's mother to help resolve the situation - insisting America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could jail them all over the scandal.
She adds, "I said, ‘You, Michael and I — we will all go to jail! You know that we didn’t report to the IRS about that gift.’ I told her I had all the documents. That worked. She immediately called Michael and he stopped denying he knew about the money."