Some of the evidence against MICHAEL JACKSON in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” WASN’T TRUE. A guy named Mike Smallcombe, who once wrote a biography of Michael, found two contradictions in the testimony of alleged victims James Safechuck and Wade Robson. Safechuck claims Michael abused him between 1988 and 1992, and he was 14 the last time it happened. He also says he was abused in the upstairs room of the train station at the Neverland Ranch. But Smallcombe has permits that show the train station wasn’t approved for construction until September of 1993, and didn’t open until early 1994, when Safechuck was 16. The second contradiction comes from the testimony of Wade Robson. In the documentary, he says he stayed at Neverland with Michael in 1990, while the rest of his family went to the Grand Canyon. And that’s when Michael abused him. But . . . back when Michael was facing child molestation charges in the early ’90s, Wade’s mother testified in a deposition that the WHOLE FAMILY took that trip to the Grand Canyon . . . including Wade. She said the same thing in 2016. And in Michael’s 2005 trial, Wade told the court that he’d never been to Neverland without his mother until 1992 or 1993.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman KRIS LETANG is easily our SPORTS HERO OF THE DAY . . . for donating $58,000 to help with a young fan’s cancer treatment. 7-year-old Ian Rosenbaum is a HUGE fan, and he’d like to wear Letang’s #58 in the NHL someday. His mom says, “He definitely looks up to him. He talks about him every time he’s at Children’s (Hospital) to all the nurses. It has been amazing, overwhelming. For Ian to go through this and for someone like Kris to take time for our child is simply amazing.”
The “Fuller House” stars are standing by Aunt Becky, although they’re cNOT mentioning her alleged decision to commit FRAUD to get her daughters into college. CANDACE CAMERON-BURE and JODIE SWEETIN were asked about LORI LOUGHLIN on the “Today” show yesterday – and Candace said, “It’s too personal to us – we would never want to talk about someone who’s such a dear and close friend, but . . . we are family, and we stand by each other, and pray for each other.” Jodie didn’t comment. Fellow ’90s star MARIO LOPEZ is friends with Lori and FELICITY HUFFMAN . . . and he’s also defending them. He said, “Sometimes, nice people make mistakes and do tough stuff . . .”As a parent, you want to do anything for your kid, but sometimes that can get a little cloudy . . . so God bless them and their families.”
If you ever go drinking with JAKE OWEN, be prepared to hear some brutal honesty. That’s what he dished out to PHIL MICKELSON when he saw him at Jordan Spieth’s wedding last fall. It happened to be the day after Mickelson and Tiger Woods had that $9 million golf showdown. Jake thought the whole thing was a rip-off, and a little liquid courage was all the excuse he needed to walk over and tell him.
Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Old Dominion have been added to the list of performers at Sunday’s ACMs. The list of presenters includes Dennis Quaid, Nancy O’Dell, Danica Patrick, Wilmer Valderrama, and “2 Broke Girls” star Beth Behrs.
LORETTA LYNN is turning 87 on April 14th – but her birthday tribute concert happened Monday in Nashville. Her happiest moment was when Keith Urban granted her birthday wish and jumped out of a cake. Most of the night was filled will stars performing her classics. Darius Rucker did “The Pill” – a very pregnant Margo Price sang “One’s On The Way”. She also shared the fact that Loretta gave her blessing to use “Lynn” as the baby’s middle name. Loretta’s sister Crystal Gayle performed, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” – Alison Krauss sang the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul”. There were some strong duets: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood did “After the Fire Is Gone” . . . George Strait and Martina McBride sang “Lead Me On” . . . and Alan Jackson joined Lee Ann Womack for “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”. Miranda Lambert said, “Thank you for inspiring me, for all the advice . . . about when husbands piss you off a little bit. I’m going to do one of those right now. It’s called ‘Don’t Come Home A-Drinking (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)’.” Kacey Musgraves performed “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”. There was an appearance from the female group Highwomen – Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby performed “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”. Loretta’s buddy Jack White was there . . . and he and Margo Price did “Portland, Oregon”. And the entire place crammed on stage to help Loretta sing “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.
Taylor Swift got another unwanted visitor at her Rhode Island home when a police pursuit ended with a stolen car smashing into her front gate. Police in Hopkinton, RI confirmed the high-speed chase started around 1 AM after an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle took off. Officers pursued the car, and the driver eventually lost control and plowed into the main entrance gate at Taylor’s estate. Taylor was not home at the time, and neither was anyone else. The teenage driver has been charged with reckless driving, felony receiving stolen goods, obstructing an officer and driving on a suspended or denied license. No bail has been set. Taylor’s had a lot of issues at this beachfront pad — including one guy who was busted trying to swim through rough ocean water to get on the property and another who showed up on her doorstep proposing marriage.
CBS All Access wants to bring back “One Day at a Time”.
JUSTIN MOORE hit up Twitter to announce that the release date of his new album, “Late Nights And Longnecks”, is July 26th. And it’s available for pre-order now.
Hugh Jackman revealed that a second installment of the musical is underway. When asked about a potential sequel in a BBC interview, Jackman said, “I’m being completely honest with you, there is talk of something going around but no one is really sure … I know they are, they’re working on a treatment for something.” He also said he wasn’t sure if he’d be in it, “I would like to be part of it for sure, and I don’t know if it would be centered on my character.”
DAN + SHAY will be on tomorrow’s edition of the “Today Show” to help KELLY CLARKSON announce the nominees for this year’s “Billboard Music Awards”. The 2019 BBMAs will air May 1st on NBC.
“Jimmy Fallon” – Kelly Clarkson.
Paris Jackson is 21.
Amanda Bynes is 33.
Eddie Murphy is 58.
David Hyde Pierce is 60. Niles Crane on “Frasier”.
Alec Baldwin is 61.
Tony Orlando is 75.
Wayne Newton is 77.
Anthropologist Jane Goodall is 85.
Doris Day is 97.