It was the mid 1990’s. Dopey (now arrested) Prince Alwaleed and his right hand man Tarak Ben Ammar were managing Michael Jackson’s career for some reason, after Jackson left his managers Sandy Gallin and Jim Morey in 1996 for Alwaleed’s relatively unknown Kingdom Entertainment.
Through some connection, perhaps a mutual interest, (dopey) Prince Alwaleed, Michael Jackson, and Hollywood producer Gary Goddard went into business together building theme park attractions for children – after Alwaleed and Jackson invested in 50% of Goddard’s Landmark entertainment group in 1997. The King of Pop and the Prince who got popped explained at the time that their investment was done thanks to their mutual interest in “traditional family values and cultural diversity.”
“Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”
Michael Jackson was arrested and acquitted of child molestation a few years later, while Gary Goddard was accused by actor Michael Egan of plying him with drugs and molesting him at around age 14 or 15 – a case Egan eventually withdrew.
Meanwhile Prince Alwaleed – the second largest investor in both Twitter and Citigroup (which picked Obama’s 2008 cabinet) – was arrested one week ago in a Saudi corruption crackdown. The fallen Prince stands accused of money laundering and other crimes.
The Saudi purge, which included 10 princes – one of whom was killed when he resisted, has resulted in the arrest of over 200 individuals, and represents a massive consolidation of power within the Kingdom.
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