Michael Jackson was murdered for the one billion dollar music catalogue he owned, claims his former advisor Leonard Rowe.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, the King of Pop’s longtime friend and sometime financial advisor made the explosive claim, recalling that Jackson once told him: “They want my catalogue Rowe -- and they will kill me for it.”
“Michael always felt he would be killed for his catalogue,” Rowe, a close confidante of family patriarch Joe Jackson, told RadarOnline.com.
“When he was speaking about it, I paid him no attention but as the latest events have unfolded, I couldn’t help but think about his statement -- and it still haunts me today.” Rowe told RadarOnline.com.
“I think they knew Michael’s condition, they knew Michael had an addiction, they knew his financial situation was deplorable and they used that against him; they trapped him... they must have known what they were doing.”
The book is billed as a revelatory expose about “corruption, conspiracy and greed behind the singer’s shock death.
“The powers that be have been trying to keep me quiet by committing slander against me... I must confess, I am not one to be intimidated easily or one who will back down quickly,” Rowe told RadarOnline.com.
"Michael can’t speak now, but I can -- and I will.
"I believe the powers that be knew that Michael and The Michael Jackson name was worth billions and billions of dollars and he was worth more to them dead than alive.
“What I hope is that everyone who is responsible for Michael Jackson’s death is brought to justice and fully prosecuted in a court of law.”