ADL says Jackson "infected with classically stereotypical ideas of Jews as all-powerful, money-grubbing and manipulative."
New York Daily News | ADL Press Release
Michael Jackson picked a familiar target to blame for his mounting money problems - the Jews. In phone messages obtained by ABC News, the apparently prejudiced pop star likens them to "leeches" and claims they conspired to leave him "penniless."
"They suck...they're like leeches...I'm so tired of it," Jackson tells former adviser Dieter Wiesner in one of them. "The Jews do it on purpose."
The ugly message, which was made two years ago and aired yesterday on "Good Morning America," was one of several provided by Wiesner's lawyer, Howard King. Wiesner and another former Jacko adviser, Marc Schaffel, were fired by the singer and are suing him to recoup the millions they say he owes them.
(ILLUSTRATION: On 25 April 2005, in the parking lot of the Santa Maria courthouse, chief defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau informs a money-grubbing and manipulative Brian Oxman that he is no longer a "counsel of record" in the Jackson molestation case.)
Jackson had to apologize to Jewish groups a decade ago after he included lyrics like "Jew me/Sue me/Everybody do me/Kick me/Kike me" on the song "They Don't Care About Us."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
"Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak, and hasn't learned from his past mistakes. It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews. It is sad that Jackson is infected with classically stereotypical ideas of Jews as all-powerful, money-grubbing and manipulative.
"We had hoped that Jackson would have learned from his mistakes. While he apologized for, and later removed the anti- Jewish lyrics in 'They Don't Care About Us,' it is clear now that he never was able to completely remove the bigotry from his own heart.
"It is important now for Mr. Jackson to stand up and acknowledge that his words are hurtful and hateful. He needs to show his fans that he rejects bigotry and is truly serious about stamping out, in his words, 'the ugliness of racism, anti- Semitism and stereotyping.' This can only begin with an apology to Jews everywhere, especially those fans who have been deeply hurt and offended by his words."
ADL Press Release