Michael Jackson was so fixated with an 11-year-old Harry Potter star, he had planned to use his showbiz clout and groom them for his own twisted gratification, according to the King of Pop’s former doctor.
The sensational and explosive claim is just one of many made in a controversial new book by Jackson’s former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.
Released on Tuesday, This Is It is said to shine an unforgiving light on the singer’s strange and sinister world of secrets and shadows.
As well as being Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray was also the King of Pop’s best friend, and was a constant fixture in the star’s life during his final years.
As such, he has a lot of inside knowledge that no-one else is privy too, and pretty much spills it all in his new book.
Alongside claims that Michael Jackson dressed as a clown and used a fake accent as he romped with call girls and strippers, an entire chapter in This Is It documents the singer’s sick obsession with young girls — such as Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who Jackson planned to groom when she was just 11.
Murray, 63, claims that Jackson had plans to marry the Harry Potter star if his first choice of bride wasn’t available — his 12-year-old British god-daughter Harriet Lester, who the singer apparently became infatuated with when she was a five-year-old.
The Mirror reports that Jacko confided in Murray about his crush on the daughter of his close friend, and former Oliver! actor Mark Lester.
“Michael fell in love with Harriet when she was roughly five years old. Then, by age 12, he grew to become fixated on her.
“He wanted me to go with him to visit her father and to discuss plans for matrimony while in London, during the This Is It concerts. He told me Harriet’s father was Mark Lester, his very close friend.”
Somewhat concerned about Jackson’s increasingly bizarre and outlandish behavior, Murray admits he expressed his concerns to the King of Pop.
“I was concerned that Harriet was legally far too young for marriage in most of the world.
“When I asked Michael how old she was, he said he was not sure, but thought she could be about 12 years old. I remembered saying to him in Trinidad and Tobago I’m familiar with some prearranged marriages, especially in the Hindu faith, but I don’t think it’s allowed for ages that young.
“It would be something to carefully scour for the legality of marriage to a minor. I was sure it was statutory rape in America and England.
“He said he planned to have someone review the legality and ramifications of marrying someone as young as Harriet when he arrived in London.
“He wanted me to visit Harriet’s father with him so he could discuss the ramifications of marrying someone that young in the western world.
“He then told me, ‘You must swear you will never say a word to anyone about this. Only you will know when the time is right.'”
In an interview after Michael Jackson’s death, Harriet’s father, Lester, revealed how the singer had offered to invite his daughter on stage at his first “This Is It” concert, for a special song.
“He told Harriet he wanted her to come on stage with him when he sang his song Dirty Diana. He was really fired up.”
According to Murray, alongside his obsession with Harriet, Jackson was also infatuated with Harry Potter star Emma Watson, to the point he owned a life-size cardboard cutout of the 11-year-old.
“Michael told me he was almost as consumed with British actress Emma Watson. He had ‘fallen in love with her’ when she was in her first Harry Potter film in 2001, when she was just 11. Emma was his second choice for a bride if things did not work out with Harriet.”
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Such bombshells had the doctor questioning his friend’s state of mind and the rumors which had surrounded the singer for years.
“This was the closest Michael ever came to answering my own unasked questions about the allegations that had haunted him for years.
“I never challenged Michael. That is because I instinctively knew that when it came to very sensitive subjects, Michael could as quickly shut down, as he had been forthright. But one thing was clear: the way Michael spoke about the young girls was not an innocent crush, but an unrequited love.”
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