More details are emerging on just what Michael Jackson said to fans about Sony Records and its head Tommy Mottola at a concert in the singer’s honor in London. In addition to calling Mottola “the devil,” several Jackson fansites say the “King of Pop” also claimed that Mottola attempted to spy on his former wife, Mariah Carey.
Speaking to 2,200 fans at London’s Equinox nightclub on June 15, Jackson said, ” Mariah Carey, after divorcing Tommy, came to me crying. Crying. She was crying so badly I had to hold her. She said to me, ‘This is an evil man, and Michael, this man follows me’. He taps her phones, and he’s very, very evil. She doesn’t trust him.” Jackson added, “We have to continue our drive until he is terminated. We can’t allow him to do this to great artists, we just can’t.”
Jackson’s anger stems from his belief that Sony poorly handled the star’s recently released Invincible album, which has sold slightly more than 2 million copies in the U.S. to date.
In addition to his Mottola comments, Jackson remarked, “The tradition of great performer-from Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, to Jackie Wilson, to Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly-the story is usually the same, though. These guys worked really hard, and they’re crabbed, for the story ends the same. They are usually broken, torn and usually just sad, because the companies take advantage of them, they really do.”
Jackson concluded by noting, “And being the artist that I am, at Sony I’ve generated several billion dollars for Sony, several billion. They really thought that my mind is always on music and dancing. It usually is, but they never thought that this performer-myself-would outthink them.”
Calls to Jackson’s representatives for comment were not returned by press time.