Michael Jackson loved to play pranks, according to a new book by the singer’s former personal assistant-turned-personal manager.
The novel titled My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship With An Extraordinary Man is by Frank Cascio, one of Jackson’s long-time friends.
It says the King of Pop, who died in 2009, used to show up at Cascio’s doorstep and helped clean his house.
It also reveals the fun-loving singer giggled while throwing a bucket of water over unsuspecting dinner guests. It’s the Michael most people never heard about, and the man that Cascio says he knew best. Jackson’s former friend spent twenty years with the Thriller singer on the road and in the writer’s New Jersey home.
But the book also chronicles a darker side of the pop star, including his reported drug use.
Cascio makes the stunning claim that Jackson had been taking Propofol, the drug that claimed his life, as early as 1999. The novel also alleges the singer was high on drugs ahead of his 30th anniversary concerts, which were staged in 2001.
Cascio, who became a family friend to Jackson at age five, says he first noticed the star taking the drug Demerol while accompanying him on his Dangerous tour in 1993.
He also claims that Jackson started one of his anniversary shows an hour late because the star was high on drugs.
The pop star’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted earlier this month of involuntary manslaughter for supplying the insomnia-plagued Jackson with the powerful operating-room anaesthetic Propofol to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.
My Friend Michael also takes a look at some of Jackson’s personal and professional moments with Cascio writing that he and Jackson ‘had gotten stoned on a few occasions up in the mountains,’ and that Jackson would drink wine out of juice bottles and soda cans.
Jackson invited Cascio to work as his personal assistant a year after he graduated high school. He later became his personal manager.
Throughout the book, Cascio writes that Jackson had a love for them and wanted to father 10 kids in total.
Cascio says Princess Diana was at the top of Jackson’s list of women he wanted to date, and that Jackson made out with one of his fan club members.
‘He tended to like tall, slender women whom I’d describe as nerdy in a sexy way,’ he writes.
by Debbie Dot