The ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson passed away some 10 years ago but the controversies surrounding his estate can’t, however, seem to die down.
In a press conference on Thursday to officially announce the creation of the MJ Legacy Foundation – a charity in honor of the late musician, Jackson’s former spokeswoman, Raymone Bain revealed his will is nowhere to be found, USA Today reports.
“I don’t have it. I don’t know where it is,” she said. “I have wished, I have hoped and I have prayed that Michael Jackson’s will – dated Oct. 6, 2006 – would be found, revealed, discovered, dropped from the sky. Because in it, he painstakingly outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained.”
Bain, who also claimed Jackson and Donald Trump had a close relationship when he was alive called on the U.S. president to intervene, saying she “would love to be able to ask the president to help me find Michael Jackson’s 2006 will.”
“Michael considered him a very close friend, and he said to me on many occasions that Mr. Trump was one of the few people who never turned his back on him, and who was there to help him during his trial,” she said.
Bain also used the opportunity to rebuke the Leaving Neverland documentary which accuses the late singer of sexual abuse.
Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 25, the documentary focuses on accusations by choreographer Wade Robson and former child actor James Safechuck who have previously denied being molested by the pop star when they were children.
Calling it a “biased, one-sided documentary,” Bain claimed Jackson “deserves better” as he is “no punching bag,” USA Today further reports.
“I sincerely believe that these new revelations were timed for the beginning of the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. And I believe it was their goal to derail anything being planned in his honor.”
While siding with Bain’s sentiments on the documentary, Jackson’s estate, however, in a statement to USA Today said she was “not authorized to act on behalf of the Michael Jackson Estate nor to use Michael Jackson’s name in any way for charitable or her own commercial purposes.”
Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts scheduled to begin in July 2009. The heart attack was induced by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.