- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (16 June 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351367819
- ISBN-13: 978-9351367819
- Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,36,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days Hardcover – 16 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Experts in the field of private protection, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard served for two and a half years as the personal security team for Michael Jackson and have worked with numerous other high-profile clients, including Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Alicia Keys and Shaquille O'Neal.
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There are many reasons why MJ would not approve of this tell-all book about him, his children, his family, and a number of his employees:
1) Whitfield and Beard betrayed the sacred trust of MJ, who hired, paid, and pledged them to keep his business totally private, when they published this "wolf in sheep's clothing" book.
2) Whitfield and Beard revealed information and stories about MJ's minor children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- which he always forbade and prevented as much as he possibly could.
3) Whitfield and Beard revealed alleged information about MJ's family, including an ugly episode about MJ's brother Randy, which they admit was exceptionally painful for MJ, and which would otherwise have remained private except for these two disloyal bodyguards.
4) Mike Garcia, the third bodyguard, who broke away from Whitfield and Beard in their plan to betray MJ by writing this book, accused these two of disrespecting MJ and siding with those who did him wrong and stole from him.
5) These men have disclosed voluminous material about MJ's finances, which he wanted kept private, including using MJ's records which Whitfield boasted on TV that he had kept in his possession.
6) The book is filled with gratuitous profanity and vulgar language, which MJ -- as a gentleman with strong principles -- never used and did not allow to be used in his presence; MJ would never permit his children to read this book, as it is the type of material that he tried to keep from their awareness.
7) There are numerous lies and distortions used that include the length and span of their employment with MJ; their claim to have been his "best friends"; their claim to have been offered employment with MJ in London [AEG did all of the hiring for MJ and did not even know these guys, which is admitted in the book].
8) Whitfield and Beard publicly advocated for Conrad Murray, including during jury deliberations in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case against Murray; Murray did indeed kill their "boss" and was convicted of manslaughter.
9) Whitfield had promised on social media that he would obtain Katherine Jackson's approval before publishing his book about her son; for obvious reasons, this never happened, as Katherine would never approve employees' disclosures of private matters; confidentiality agreements are required on a routine basis to prevent this kind of book.
10) This book is a dangerous precedent for others who serve celebrities as bodyguards, maids, butlers, housekeepers, chefs, nannies, drivers, etc., to betray their employers by exposing their private, behind-the-scenes lives in published form for monetary gain; MJ would surely disapprove, as he required privacy and was vulnerable to this type of betrayal from literally hundreds of his employees.
11) Whitfield and Beard have provided fodder for the tabloids for many months and years to come; their material will be cited and distorted by media around the globe to continue the "wacko Jacko" type of coverage that plagued MJ for decades.
12) These bodyguards spin stories about MJ's private relationships with two females, Flower and Friend, that are not corroborated anywhere else in spite of unprecedented and relentless paparazzi efforts to obtain and share this kind of material; MJ would be upset about these bodyguards' betrayal for a number of reasons, including the extraordinary efforts he always took to keep his personal and sexual life private.
This book should be titled Exposing & Exploiting Michael Jackson by Employees He Trusted.
There should be a cease-and-desist order against this unauthorized, maverick book! Where is it?
Both of these bodyguards are violating their confidentiality contracts with Michael Jackson by releasing this "tell-all" book. If the argument is made that because MJ is now dead he has forfeited this protection, the spirit of confidentiality requirements and paid-for, promised loyalty maintain. And MJ's three young children are still alive -- all of them MINORS and protected by age-specific laws. Whitfield and Beard were their bodyguards too. They are betraying their tragically deceased employer Michael Jackson and his three minor children for their own financial gain with the release of this book. The children's guardians have not approved any of these bodyguards' voluminous disclosures about the three grieving children. Whitfield published on social media that he would obtain the approval of Katherine Jackson before the publication of this book, but of course that never happened. There are so many reasons why Katherine would not approve this book that space limitations here could not accommodate the listing of them. One reason, of course, is that this book encourages and sets a precedent for all employees -- bodyguards, chefs, cooks, housekeepers, maids, butlers, drivers, nannies, gardeners, etc. -- to betray their celebrity employers by revealing their privacies in the public domain for money.
MJ's young children are especially vulnerable to betrayal, exploitation, and embarrassment -- on a global scale. Paris attempted suicide in June 2013, partly because of painful media intrusion into her private life. No one knows what parts of this book would be painful, disturbing, or embarrassing to these children. William Whitfield bragged on national TV on March 10/11, 2010, that he had "kept Michael Jackson's financial records." Further, he would be divulging this private and confidential information in his book about MJ. How can such boastful, advertised, and outrageous betrayal go unpunished? It is undisputed that Whitfield's and Beard's paid jobs for MJ required that they keep his and his children's lives private and confidential. Theirs is the ultimate betrayal of Michael, Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson. What could they do to MJ and his kids that is a worse offense than publishing this "tell-all" book -- filled with unapproved, unauthorized, and unverified material about them?
These bodyguards have also misrepresented and lied about the amount of time that they were in service to Michael Jackson; they claim 2-1/2 years of service. They were with him only from the end of December 2006, to October 2008 (21 months - not 30 months).
The bodyguards describe their book (on Amazon) as covering their time with MJ "from Neverland to his death." Neither of these bodyguards even visited Neverland and they had no contact with MJ for fully 8 MONTHS before his death.
In the description of their book (on Amazon), they claim to be "the only two men who know what 60 million fans around the world still want to know: what really happened to the King of Pop?" In reality, they have no more information than anyone else who has followed MJ's last months. They also insist that Conrad Murray is innocent and should never go to jail [GMA program - 11/04/11], which assertions reveal their ignorance regarding the proven cause of MJ's death.
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