David Edwards has sent
us an urgent message concerning a group called ROAD TO RECOVERY,
which is planning to disrupt Michael Jackson´s induction
into the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame (in Sarasota
Springs, New York on August 15th.)
The founder of the group, Rev. Bob Hoatson is a clergy abuse
survivor. His first cousin James Craig Hoatson was also abused
by a clergyman and killed himself as a result. The group of
Bob Hoatson is ´the only non-profit organization in the
United States that offers compassionate counseling and referral
services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse´, according
to their site.
I am sure that all of us have a deep sympathy for the people
who were molested in their childhood. And the anti-pedophile
cause this group is working for is fully in line with what every
Michael Jackson´s follower would whole-heartedly
support as children´s wellbeing and their right to a joyful
and innocent childhood were the matters of Michael´s primary
concern throughout his life.
But since the action undertaken by this group is not targeted
at real pedophiles but is aimed at a completely innocent person
who was never found guilty of this despicable crime and who
fought tooth and nail for the right to never be associated with
these people, we need to speak to this group and try to shatter
their concrete-stone views on Jackson formed under the effect
of media lies and vicious defamatory campaigns.
Though David Edwards has already tried to approach Rev. Hoatson
with a request to refrain from any anti-Jackson activities his
communication with the priest has not been very successful yet.
I´ve also prepared a letter to him (see the comments)
and will make another attempt, though I do realize it
that the chances that the people who were abused in their childhood
and were brainwashed by the media will see reason are close
to a nil. However the hope is always there
In the meantime please read what DAVID has to tell us about
his interaction with Rev. Hoatson. David provides invaluable
links and great arguments which speak or even scream in the
defense of Michael Jackson:
Since Road to Recovery appeared to be a legitimate advocacy
group (unlike those Westboro Baptist Church lunatics who picketed
outside of MJ´s memorial last year (Phelps
Westboro Baptist Church targets Michael Jackson memorial
), I assumed that if I contacted them, I could reason with them.
With all of the biased, pro-prosecution media coverage of MJ´s
trial, I wouldn´t blame anyone for assuming that MJ was
guilty. But if you´re an advocacy group who wants to label
someone as being a molester, then you had BETTER do some serious
research to make sure you´re correct! Not only has this
group not done any research, but they REFUSE to do any research!
I emailed Rev. Bob Hoatson, one of the founders, and I sent
him some basic info that is the foundation for MJ´s innocence
(Charles Thomson´s article, Matt Drudge´s radio
commentary from the trial, and confirmation that MJ´s
insurance carrier paid the settlement), and he completely IGNORED
it all! He knows that he can´t prove MJ was guilty, so
he´s now using MJ´s bed sharing as an
excuse to call him a molester because to him a grown man
sharing a bed is in and of itself molestation!
He also condescendingly claimed that I wasn´t with MJ
24/7 so I can´t know if he´s innocent, and of course
I replied to him that neither was he, so he can´t say
he´s guilty!! And he continues to use the $20 million
dollar settlement with the Chandlers as an automatic and absolute
sign of guilt!
I tried my best to reason with him, but he seems dead set on
protesting MJ just for the sake of protesting. Please post an
update on all of your sites that MJ fans need to bombard Road
to Recovery with complaints, and to also SUPPORT the National
Museum of Dance and encourage them NOT TO BACK DOWN!
One last thing: in my second email to him, you´ll notice
that I included a story about a priest who was accused of molestation,
and his Archdiocese paid a $1.4 million dollar settlement to
the victim. Subsequently, the priest filed a defamation lawsuit
against the victim. Very interesting!
Here is the invitation for the induction event. Tickets
start at $50 dollars, and you should encourage MJ fans to go
there and show their support: Tickets
THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH REV. HOATSON:
From: David Edwards Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2010 8:43 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Michael Jackson protest
Dear Rev. Hoatson,
My name is David Edwards, and Im a huge fan of Michael
Jackson. Im also a huge fan of organizations like Road
To Recovery that help TRUE victims of child abuse, and I respect
all of the fine work that you do.
I recently read an article about a protest that your organization
plans to do at Michael Jacksons induction into the Dance
Hall of Fame. Im sure that you have only the most noble
intentions, but I would like to respectfully inform you that
your assertions that Michael Jackson is a child molester are
Most often a not-guilty verdict means a wealthy defendant
had enough money to buy a verdict of reasonable doubt,
wrote John Aretakis and the Reverend Robert Hoatson of the group,
Road to Recovery Inc, in a letter to the museum.
We know your Hall of Fame may do good work and is trying to
secure state and national notoriety, media coverage and significant
donations. However, to do so on the backs of childhood survivors
of sexual abuse by honoring a pedophile is not a good business
Rev. Hoatson, I can assure you that in this case, not guilty
equals innocent! Michael Jackson was the victim of a cruel extortion
attempt carried out by a family that he had a falling out with,
and whose lies were enabled and encouraged by a corrupt district
attorney and a vicious media that was hungry to see Michael
Jackson in prison in order to generate ratings.
Now, I dont want to sit here and regurgitate each and
every facet of the trial, because if I did this email would
be at least 20 pages long. But I will respectfully ask you to
please read the following article, and watch the following you
tube videos to help educate yourself with the facts of the case.
1. This is the link to an article that was written (by Charles
Thomson) a few weeks ago to commemorate the 5 year anniversary
of Michael Jacksons rightful acquittal in 2005. It
discusses the facts of the case, and most importantly, how the
media deliberately tried to manufacture a guilty verdict by
convicting Michael Jackson in the court of public opinion by
showing a pro-prosecution bias in their reporting:
Michael Jackson museum induction to be hit by protests
2. Another example of someone who accurately reported on the
Michael Jackson trial, and brutally criticized the media for
their biased coverage, is conservative commentator Matt Drudge,
who runs the Drudge Report. He provided some commentary
on the trial to his viewers, and called it exactly how he saw
it. His commentary is part of a youtube series that is dedicated
to vindicating Michael Jackson, and obviously I dont expect
you to watch all 60+ videos in the series, but I would definitely
appreciate it if you watched the following 4 videos. To make
it easier for you, I included the time segments that include
Drudges commentary, which is around 17 minutes dispersed
over the 4 videos.
Part 45, Drudges commentary is from 1:20 to 6:30:
Part 52, Drudges commentary is from 7:16 to the end:
Part 53, Drudges commentary is from the beginning to 6:49,
and from 8:10 to the end
Part 54, Drudges commentary is from the beginning to 3:29
3. Lastly, I would like to debunk the myth that Michael Jackson
bought the silence of the family that accused him
of child molestation on 1993. That is a lie that the media has
peddled for years, and continues to do so. The family filed
a civil lawsuit against Michael Jackson, after the police started
their criminal investigation. The judge initially ruled that
the civil lawsuit could proceed to trial before the criminal
investigation was complete, and he denied Michael Jacksons
request to delay the civil lawsuit until AFTER the criminal
trial was over. As a result, Michael Jacksons legal defense
insurance carrier negotiated and paid the $20 million (some
$15,7 mln. to be exact) dollar settlement without Michael Jacksons
approval (similar to how your car insurance company will settle
a lawsuit without your consent, if it is more expedient to do
so. Or how an insurance carrier will settle a medical malpractice
claim without the doctors approval.)
The reason that Michael Jacksons insurance carrier paid
the settlement is because they didnt want to negative
coverage of Michael Jackson going through back-to-back civil
& criminal trials, they were worried about the toll it would
have on his health, and they didnt want to expose their
defense strategy to the prosecution before the criminal trial.
The terms of the settlement included a confidentiality agreement
that prevented the family from discussing the matter in public
(i.e. interviews, book deals, etc.). However, the family was
permitted to testify against Michael Jackson IN COURT! In fact,
it is illegal to obstruct justice by forbidding a victim from
cooperating with police in a criminal investigation.
After the family received the money, they REFUSED to testify
against Michael Jackson in criminal court, in both 1994 &
2005. What kind of family chooses money over justice? If someone
molested my child, I would fight tooth & nail to get that
person put in jail!
In 2005, the prosecution requested to the judge that they be
allowed to present the terms of the settlement in 1994 to the
jury as a sign of guilt. Jacksons defense team submitted
a request to deny it, because Jackson DID NOT pay or approve
of the settlement, and the settlement explicitly said that the
payment was not an admission of guilt.
Please pay attention to the following:
Because the insurance companies were the source of the
settlement amounts, and the insurance companies make the payments
based on their contractual rights to settle the proceeding without
Mr. Jacksons permission, the settlement does not constitute
an admission [of guilt]
The settlement agreement was for global claims of negligence
and the lawsuit was defended by Mr. Jacksons insurance
carrier. The insurance carrier negotiated and paid the settlement,
over the protests of Mr. Jackson and her personal legal counsel.
It is general practice for a insurer to be entitled to control
settlement negotiations and the insured is precluded from any
interference. An insurance carrier has the right to settle
claims covered by insurance when it decides settlement is expedient
and the insured may not interfere with nor prevent such settlements.
No admission against interest nor acknowledgement of criminality
can be inferred regarding Mr. Jackson from the act of the insurance
carrier in settling the litigating.
And about the criminal investigation going on even AFTER the
Although Jordan Chandler was interviewed thereafter
by detectives seeking evidence to offer in a child molestation
prosecution against Michael Jackson, no criminal charges
were filed as a result of that interview.
In other words, Jordan Chandlers statements were not
sufficient even at the earlier time, to support child molestation
charges against Michael Jackson, and to now permit the suggestion
of a settlement agreement for some improper act is not only
irrelevant, but also a speculative violation of the statute
of limitations. Source:
In closing, I would just like to say that I respect you and
your organization, and I understand why you think Michael Jackson
got away with it like OJ Simpson. You have been
bamboozled by the mainstream media, and youve probably
never taken the time to thoroughly investigate the facts, so
I am here to help you do so. Please evaluate all of the information
that I have presented here to you, and hopefully after doing
so you will reconsider your decision to protest Michael Jacksons
induction into the Dance Hall of Fame.
From: bob hoatson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 7:42 AM
To: David M Edwards
Subject: RE: Michael Jackson protest David:
Thank you for your email and thank you for being a fan of Road
to Recovery. While I respect your admiration for Michael Jackson
as an artist, I cannot agree with you that in this case,
not guilty equals innocent. For the sake of brevity, I
have two observations/questions that I believe will speak to
the heart of the issue:
1) unless you monitored Michael Jacksons behavior with
your own eyes 24/7, including his sleeping arrangements. I dont
know how you can conclude that nothing ever happened between
Michael and minor children. First-hand information is what proves
or disproves these allegations, and there is plenty of evidence
to indicate that he slept frequently with underage children .thats
2) agreeing to give someone a $20 million settlement is more
than a here is some money to get rid of the case
arrangement. That family was given 20 million dollars to keep
From: David Edwards Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 3:11 PM To: bob hoatson Subject: RE: Michael Jackson protest
Good afternoon Rev. Hoatson,
Thank you for your quick response! I truly hope that this can
be the start of a respectful and constructive dialogue between
us about the allegations against MJ.
I will start off by saying this: with all due respect, did you
even bother to read the information that I sent you? Did you
read the article, or listen to Matt Drudges commentary
on the trial? Did you read that legal document? I assume the
answer to all three of those questions is no, based on the short
reply that you sent me for the sake of brevity.
This is a very serious issue, and the facts of the case cannot
be taken skimmed over for the sake of brevity. If
you and your organization are going to take the time and effort
to protest MJs induction, then you should do some research
and objectively look at all of the facts before jumping to conclusions
that MJ was guilty but got away with it like OJ Simpson.
(That excuse is typically used by people who are too prejudiced
or too lazy to do any research.)
Sir, we all know that the justice system isnt perfect,
and guilty people are acquitted and innocent people are convicted
all the time. But in this case, justice was served! If MJ had
been convicted, youd be saying that the justice system
is perfect, because the conviction would have coincided
with your pre-judgments about MJ.
Personally, Im confused as to why youre protesting.
In the article, you implied that you felt MJ was guilty, but
in your reply you implied that even if MJ never molested anyone,
the fact that he slept in the same bed with kids was in
and of itself child abuse, and that seems to be the foundation
of your argument. You also said that I cant know for sure
that MJ was innocent because I wasnt around him 24/7,
well in that case you cant know for sure that hes
guilty because YOU werent around him 24/7 either! Now,
here is my response to the two points that you mentioned:
1. You also mentioned that first-hand information is what
proves or disproves these allegations, well Im about
to give you some first-hand information.
In the following three clips, MJs defense attorney Tom
Mesereau, Elizabeth Taylor, and Macaulay Culkin each explain
and defend MJs sleepovers.
MJ did not sneak in little boys to sleep with him; in fact,
ENTIRE FAMILIES often slept in MJs room! And to call it
a room would be a gross understatement, because
it was actually a duplex that was 2 stories high and had 3 bathrooms!
If it had a kitchen, you could literally live inside of his
MJ would invite entire families to visit, and when they spent
the night, many times they stayed in his room because they always
wanted to be around him. Kids were required to get their parents
permission, and oftentimes the parents were in the room with
them. During both molestation investigations, there were no
corroborating witnesses (i.e., nobody else claimed to have been
molested, despite being pressured by police during their rough
There were only two scumbag parents who concocted the allegations
after they had a falling out with MJ over money in 1993 &
2003. Each of the following interviews are only a few minutes
long, so PLEASE open your mind and hear them explain what really
Attorney Mesereaus interview with Jay Leno from June 2005:
Elizabeth Taylors interview with Larry King from 2006:
Macaulay Culkin´s interview with Larry King from 2004:
2. Let me reiterate myself: that $20 (or 15,7)
million dollar payment was NOT hush money!!! The
family filed a civil lawsuit against MJ before the criminal
investigation was even completed. MJs legal defense insurance
company negotiated and paid the settlement without MJs
approval! They did so in order to avoid the negative publicity
of MJ having to have two back to back trials (civil and then
criminal). I already explained this in my first email to you,
and its clear that didnt even read that far into
If MJ had attempted to pay hush money, he would have been immediately
arrested and charged with OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Besides, if
he was guilty, dont you think he would have paid hush
money BEFORE the allegations went public, and BEFORE he
had to endure the humiliating strip search.
By the way, the boys said MJs penis was circumcised,
when in fact it was NOT circumcised! This was confirmed in MJs
autopsy report, and this is proves the boy was lying and hence
MJ was NEVER arrested and charged in 1994.
Why would anyone PUBLICLY announce to the world that they were
paying hush money? Hush money is ILLEGAL. PLEASE
skim over the document that I sent you.
You used that as a sign of guilt, when it didnt even happen
like that. Now lets reverse the equation, and look at
the family. Since they ACCEPTED the money, and REFUSED to testify
against MJ in both 1993 and 2005, what does that say about the
validity of their accusation?
How come NOBODY ever vilifies that family for not testifying!
Why are they sooooooooo afraid of being cross-examined in a
court of law? If somebody molested your children, you would
fight tooth & nail to put the perpetrator behind bars! You
would go straight to the police with your complaint, not to
a civil attorney to file a lawsuit!
Rev. Hoatson, if you are truly open minded and willing to have
a respectful and constructive dialogue, then we can continue
with these emails. But if you have already convicted MJ of some
HYPOTHETICAL molestation that you ASSUMED happened, and nothing
is going to change your mind, then let me know now and I wont
waste your time anymore.
I decided to write you because I respect what your organization
stands for, and I thought that I could reason with you (unlike
those Westboro Baptist Church lunatics who protest gay rights
at military funerals). I thought that perhaps you were just
misled about the allegations due to media distortions, and that
I could prove to you that MJ was truly innocent.
Its truly sad when children are abused, and its
equally as sad when INNOCENT people are falsely accused!
Below is an article from earlier this year about a priest who
was FALSELY accused of molestation in 2006 (the victim
claimed that the molestation occurred in the 1980s). Despite
his claims of innocence, his Archdiocese paid a $1.4 million
dollar settlement to the victim. (Do you think they paid it
because they thought the priest was guilty? According to your
logic, the Archdiocese paid the settlement as hush money.)
The priest has since filed a lawsuit against the victim for
defamation and malicious prosecution. Now, since youre
a priest, Im sure you have some compassion for what the
priest in this article went through, and I would only ask that
you extend that same compassion to Michael Jackson. Thank you!