Just when you thought there was nothing left to learn about Michael Jackson, there comes a magazine article that unearths a nugget that Martin Bashir somehow missed in eight months of filming the King of Pop for his TV documentary. According to an article in the new issue of Vanity Fair, Jackson hired a West African shaman three years ago to put a voodoo curse on Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and 23 other enemies that was supposed to kill them within a week.
The Malian witch doctor, named Baba, reportedly slaughtered 42 cows and had Jackson bathe in sheep's blood to seal the hex. Jackson paid Baba $150,000 for his services, which apparently should have come with a money-back guarantee. For his part, Spielberg says he doesn't know what Jackson has against him; the director and the singer have rarely met. ''This is bizarre, but what else is new?,'' a Spielberg spokesman told the New York Daily News.
The Vanity Fair article also corroborates earlier reports of other Jackson oddities. For instance, it reports that the tip of Jackson's nose really is a prosthesis; without it, says one person who's seen the fake schnozz, he would look like ''a mummy with two nostril holes.'' Also, as revealed in earlier reports, the court papers from onetime business manager Myung Ho Lee's current breach-of-contract suit indicate that Jackson spends lavishly, beyond his means, and owes hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, mostly to his label, Sony, which may foreclose on Jackson's share of the Beatles' song rights (half-owned by Sony) in order to collect. And a member of the Los Angeles district attorney's office tells Vanity Fair that Jackson paid for the silence of not one but at least 10 pre-pubescent boys, whom Jackson would replace annually, à la Menudo, ''as soon as they started sprouting whiskers.'' Contacted by the Daily News, Jackson's camp declined to comment on the story.