Speaking about his former employer, Michael Jackson’s bodyguard has slammed claims the performer molested young boys as he recalled sneaking women into the King Of Pop’s bedroom.
Finally feeling the need to speak up in defence of the late pop star, Matt Fiddes has shed light on what it was like to work for the superstar.
After he met MJ through Uri Geller, the two became ‘friends first’ before Michael showed interest in Matt’s martial arts expertise.
Before long he was Michaels’ right hand man, seen by the singer’s side at public events and clearing way through manic crowds.
Now, in the wake of the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, which saw Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse Michael – who died in 2009 – of sexually abusing them as children, Matt wants the world to know ‘the real Michael’.
‘We knew the guy, we knew him so well, he spent time with my children, he’s not the man he’s portrayed by James and Wade,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘I felt after that, for my own legacy, it was time to speak out.’
According to Matt, the public thought they knew what Michael was like but ‘unless you knew him’ you had no idea.
‘This whole paedophile thing is complete nonsense,’ Matt continued.
‘The guy had girlfriends and had a legitimate marriage to Lisa Marie [Presley], that was the way he lived his life.’
Matt added: ‘We were the people sneaking the girls into his room.’
Of the claims made by James and Wade in the HBO documentary, that won an Emmy recently, Matt insisted it was ‘impossible’ for Michael to have done the acts he had been accused of – mostly because he was ‘hardly’ at Neverland ranch, where the incidents allegedly took place.
‘They say there were boys around, that was not the case at all. He made Neverland how it was so he could have it for the Make A Wish foundation; something he could give back on,’ the bodyguard and celebrity trainer said.
‘We had a running joke he was never there. He had to be in Los Angeles to conduct business, it’s about four hours’ drive from the mountains and he hated the drive, so he was very rarely there. He was there to make public appearances. He was much more comfortable at the Beverly Wiltshire in a suite.’
Matt, who is the owner of the largest chain of martial arts schools, Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, continued: ‘If he was doing what he was doing to young kids he would never get any work done. He was already recording, performing and rehearsing, for him to be messing around with young kids would be impossible because of the security that was in place. It’s impossible.’
After Michael was first accused of child abuse in August 1993, by a 13-year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, and his father, Evan Chandler. No charges were ever made. Later, on 18 December, 2003, Michael was formally charged with with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of intoxicating a minor with alcohol. Despite being acquitted on all counts in 2005, Matt claimed ‘a lot of big name so-called friends disappeared and were nowhere to be seen’ in Michael’s life following the allegations.
‘He became very different himself, he wasn’t sure how the public would react,’ Matt said. ‘He didn’t think he was safe on stage, he thought he was going to get shot. But he could sense it was different to how it was before.’
In a sad turn of events, Matt claimed when it was Michael’s 50th birthday, he didn’t receive one phone call from friends.
‘I didn’t bother calling him because he’s Michael Jackson. I thought he’d have too many calls,’ Matt said. ‘He didn’t have a single call on his birthday.
‘A lot of that was because he changed his numbers and was hard to find, but it wasn’t a life anyone would have wanted or was spectacular.’
In speaking about him now, Matt believes Michael wouldn’t be performing anymore, claiming ‘he didn’t want to moonwalk past 50, he wanted to be behind the camera, so had he lived he’d be directing movies’.
Saying Michael used to mostly welcome the attention that came along with his level of fame, Matt said: ‘It’s backfired on him now, though, that’s the sad thing.’
He continued: ‘We were protective of him, as he was of us.
‘I know people do doubt him, but I wouldn’t stick my neck out and put my reputation at stake if I didn’t know this guy wasn’t 100% innocent.’
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