Hollywood, California (PRWEB) November 10, 2011
Raffles van Exel, Founder & CEO of Raffles Entertainment, and long time friend of Michael Jackson, joins Michael Jackson's sister La Toya Jackson, colleague Jack Wishna, Michael Jackson's Estate, and fans of Michael Jackson's in calling for NBC Universal and MSNBC to drop the documentary "Michael Jackson and the Doctor - A Fatal Friendship" that's set to air Friday, November 11, 2011.
"Michael Jackson was a tragic victim of a homicide. Michael's life was taken from him by Dr. Conrad Murray. A jury of his peers convicted Dr. Murray of Involuntary Manslaughter on November 7, 2011. During the trial, Conrad Murray had the chance to defend himself and tell his side of the story. Murray chose not to, which was his right." States Raffles van Exel. "However, it is troubling that Murray would give an interview to NBC while a court mandated gag order was in effect. Adding insult to injury, according to a report published by Radaronline.com, NBC Universal allegedly paid over 300,000.00 for the documentary that is set to air shortly. My friend, Michael Jackson can no longer defend himself against any accusations. What's being done is deplorable."
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor issued a gag order in the Trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on September 30, 2011. The gag order strictly prohibited Dr. Conrad Murray, his lawyers and anyone associated with the case to speak with media outlets. Dr. Conrad Murray conducted an interview with NBC News Correspondent Savannah Guthrie during the Involuntary Manslaughter trial.
MSNBC plans to air "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship" on Friday, November 11th, 2011 and Monday November 14th 2011.
"I have remained silent regarding the circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death. But with MSNBC's decision to air this questionable documentary, I must speak out for my friend whose voice was forever silenced on June 25, 2009. I stand with the fans of Michael Jackson, whom Michael called his Army of Love." States Raffles van Exel. "These fans are requesting NBC Universal and MSNBC not to air this documentary. I ask all of Michael Jackson's friends and family to join me in support of Michael's fans and fan clubs in their pursuit of media fairness and responsibility for Michael Jackson."
About Raffles van Exel
Raffles van Exel, CEO of Raffles Entertainment, LLC, is a highly respected entertainment consultant having guided some of the world’s most acclaimed executives and celebrities: Actor Quinton Aaron from the smash hit The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock, Soul-Funk icon Chaka Khan, Peter Lamas CEO and founder of peterlamas.com, "Skin Diva" Christine Heathman of glymedplus.com, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Lance Bass (Founding member of iconic pop group, N'Sync), Flavor Flav of the iconic rap group Public Enemy and of the "Flavor of Love" fame, George Benson, and the late Ray Charles. Raffles van Exel has produced for The Queen of Salsa - the late and great Celia Cruz, funk pioneer George Clinton, Sisqo, Nick Cannon, Howie Dorough (Founding member of Grammy nominated group, The Backstreet Boys), rap icon and actor Ice-T, and a host of other artists.
Dr. Conrad Murray
Cardiologist and personal physician. Dr. Conrad Murray was born February 19, 1953, in St. Andrews, Grenada. Michael Jackson hired him as a personal physician for his 2009 concert tour entitled, "This Is It." On June 25, 2009, Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication. Conrad Murray was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in 2010. The lone charge was filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles. Case number: SA073164
Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on November 7, 2011. He was remanded to custody without bail to await sentencing. Sentencing will take place on November 29, 2011.