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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Veterinarian Lawsuit Settled

As reported two weeks ago, Michael Jackson was sued by veterinarian Dr. Martin Dinnes concerning unpaid wages for his work at Neverland Valley ranch, the suit has now since been settled.

"The animals are fine. Our dispute is all settled," Dinnes told the Santa Barbara News-Press. The Doctor also responded to an investigation into the welfare of animals at the ranch by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The investigation followed a complaint by the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following tabloid reports the animals were being mistreated. "Attacking the health and welfare of those animals is a direct attack on me, and my credentials are impeccable," said Dinnes. "We really have nothing to hide. Our doors are open, to the right people. You could eat off the ground on that property."

The veterinarian wanted to clarify that the lawsuit was nothing personal against Michael, and that he's glad that it has been settled. "Michael and I are very close," he said. "We've been close for 20 years. My dispute was not with Michael. It was with his business people. Through everything that Michael went through, their mind wasn't on a lot of things. I've been there with him before, through times when I failed to get a check on time, but they never, ever stuck me, and I was assured they never would again. Something triggered me to file, but it's all settled."

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Michael Jackson's Animals Not Mistreated

Animals at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch zoo are not being mistreated according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Spokesman with the USDA, Mr. Darby Holladay, told the News-Press that the claims of animal cruelty were unfounded.

The complaint was made by the group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), based on European tabloid reports.

"PETA filed their complaint on December 19," Mr. Holladay said. "On the morning of the 21st, one of the animal care veterinarians went on-site and determined that the animals were in good health." He went on to say that he was "unaware of any violations of the Animal Welfare Act at Neverland."

One of Michael's lawyers, Brian Oxman welcomed the USDA's stance, saying "thats very nice and we appreciate it."

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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Michael Jackson Photograph Exhibition In London

An exhibition of over 60 photographic images of Michael Jackson will be on display at the Sony Ericsson Proud Central Gallery in London next month.

Photographers Lynn Goldsmith and Harrison Funk have contributed the images, which will be on display from February 17th - April 1st.

Goldsmith's photographs relate to the beginning of Michael's solo career, taken between 1980-85. "Michael is not like anyone else I have ever met," said Goldsmith. "Do you know any 5 year old child who could wake up on Saturday mornings and watch themselves on TV as an animated cartoon? Michael did."

Not only a photographer, Goldsmith also directed film and became a recording artist under the name Will Powers. She has written songs with various artists including Sting. "No one should expect (Michael) to behave as a normal person," Goldsmith explains, "He did not grow up in the same world as us. Besides, what is the point in expecting a genius to behave as a normal person?"

Harrison Funk was Michael's official photographer from 1984-95, and his contrubutions include images taken from 84's Victory tour and 87-88's Bad tour. "Working with Michael was one of the most amazing creative experiences of my life," said Funk.

He has taken photographs of several famous faces, including Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Nelson Mandela. Funk is also an award-winning video director, including 4 MTV Awards. Some of his entertainment clients include EMI, Warner Records, Universal Music, Univeral Pictures and Sony Music. "(Michael) has a way of pushing an artist creatively like no one else," remembered the photographer.

The exhibition will be on display at the Sony Ericsson Proud Central Gallery from February 17th - April 1st, the address is below;

5 Buckingham Street
The Strand

Entry to see the exhibition is FREE and will be on display 10am-7pm Mon-Thur, and 11am-6pm Fri-Sun.

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Monday, January 9th 2006
Michael Jackson To Help Bahrain Entertainment Projects

Michael Jackson is said to be discussing potential entertainment projects in the Gulf with Bahrain based company AAJ Holdings.

The discussions concern possibly working with each other on theme parks and music academies, according to the Gulf Daily News. Michael could provide consultancy advice to help the music and entertainment industry in the Gulf.

AAJ Holdings owner Ahmed Abubaker Janahi said these entertainment projects could revive stagnant properties.

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