A former spokesperson for Michael Jackson held a bizarre and mysterious press conference on Thursday.
Raymone K. Bain, former spokesperson, general manager and the president and COO of the Michael Jackson company, teased a “major announcement” would take place, leading many to speculate it was about the late singer’s alleged missing 2006 will or the abuse allegations lobbed at Jackson in the documentary “Finding Neverland”.
Instead, Bain revealed the MJ Legacy Foundation in the late singer’s name in response to the missing will, which she claims “painstakingly outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained.” The legacy will “preserve, protect and defend his name while supporting the numerous organizations he supported during his life.”
Bain did address the mysterious missing will, saying, “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.”
“But I have had the honour of having heard him, sat with him, and I witnessed it along with a notary,” she continues. “I knew where his head was and in what direction he wanted to go. In the 10 years since his death… I know of no scholarship, no endowment, no chair, no school or contribution to any historically black college and university, or college or university in Michael Jackson’s name. I know of no recording studio, hospital, clinic, foundation, charity. I’ve heard of no gift or major contribution to any organization even named for him or given in the name of Michael Jackson.”
Jackson’s only known will from 2002 left his assets to a family trust and named his mother, Katherine Jackson, as legal guardian of his three children.
When reached for comment on Thursday’s announcement, Jackson’s estate told The Independent, “Raymone Bain is 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.”