Sunday, July 09, 2006
MICHAEL JACKSON seeks to adopt more boys
LATEST: MICHAEL JACKSON's attorney has denounced claims his client sent a former business partner on an adoption mission to Brazil, ordering he return with "some boys". In court in Santa Monica, California on Friday (07JUL06), plaintiff MARC SCHAFFEL rejected allegations he had visited the South American country to recruit models for his gay porn videos, insisting instead the THRILLER hitmaker had hired him to collect potential kids. When quizzed about his ties with a company known as Latinboys, Schaffel countered, "No, I've not used any Latin models. The main purpose of my trip was Mr Jackson wanted to adopt some boys." However, Jackson's attorney THOMAS MUNDELL is enraged by the suggestion, branding the story a desperate attempt to damage the singer's reputation. He said, "It was an effort to smear Mr Jackson with a remark that could be interpreted to hurt him in light of the (child molestation) case against him last year." The claims came during an ongoing breach of contract battle, in which Schaffel is attempting to win back millions he claims he spent on Jackson's behalf and was never repaid.