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WATCH: Jane Goodall Says Michael Jackson’s Chimp Was Beaten

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Even six years after his death, Michael Jackson’s name still causes controversy. The latest involves the pet monkey, Bubbles, he had in the 1980s.

Recently when approached by photographers from TMZ, Jane Goodall, one of the most highly regarded chimpanzee experts in the world, mentioned that Bubbles was beaten during her days at Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

“I ticked him off, I went to see him to talk about Bubbles,” said the 79-year-old researcher. “When he was with Michael Jackson he was being beaten.”

Goodall didn’t say who was beating Bubbles before she was driven off but Jackson’s sister, LaToya Jackson’s, ex-husband, Jack Gordon, said publicly in 2002 that he had seen the king of pop himself beat the chimp.

“I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach,” claimed Gordon. “Michael used to say, ‘He doesn’t feel it. He’s a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him.’”

Bubbles became a celebrity of sorts in the 80s. He became a part of Jackson’s entourage during tours and allegedly slept in a crib and had access to Jackson’s fridge. The picture painted was that Bubbles was treated well until he, like all chimpanzees, became older and stronger and unsuited to be a pet and had to be turned in to animal care takers.

Since 2005 Bubbles has been living in the Center for Great Apes, a primate sanctuary in Florida and according to Goodall “he’s very happy.”

While we may never truly know the reality that Bubbles faced during his years in the spotlight, at least he now has found some peace.


Via The Dodo

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  • Harry_RR

    Jack Gordon is a shady character. I don’t know why not even tabloids have scooped the idea that Hollywood has its own “mafia”. Probably it’s a media protocol not to touch on this matter.

    “MONTYNE’S INFERNO: The Hot Tub Photo revealed – The Michael Jackson Truth”

  • IrishLass2121

    “Even six years after his death…”


    *It will be 5 years this June 25th!

    “…Michael Jackson’s name still causes controversy…”

    Well, sort of wrong!

    *It is certain people that like to cause “controversy” around the name, Michael Jackson. Fact!

  • Thank goodness for Center for Great Apes. The last I heard, no one from the Jackson family is helping to pay for the support of Bubbles. Please donate a dollar or two if you can!

  • Shannon Milling

    Wow! so sad.

    Also, the reporter saying “did he ever teach him how to dance?” after she said he was beaten proves he truly wasn’t listening..

  • Harry_RR

    When Michael Jackson was alive, Jane Goodall had good things to say about him. Now that MJ’s dead, Jack Gordon is feeding Jane Goodall with made-up stories to further hurt MJ’s image. But really – Jack Gordon? FORGET IT! He’s part of the dark secret of Hollywood, a la mafia. Jack Gordon wanted to tarnish MJ’s image eversince, he was even part of that made-up molestation charges.

    For some reason, the media is all shut-up in exposing the dark secrets of Hollywood. Of course, it’s not only Michael Jackson that has had been made a target, but still – why haven’t the tabloids, for the least, talked about this “Hollywood mafia”?

    MJ has been dead for nearly 5 years now, but no one seems to want him to R.I.P – his name on the headlines still makes bucks.


    “MONTYNE’S INFERNO: The Hot Tub Photo revealed – The Michael Jackson Truth”


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