LONDON: A Michael Jackson look-alike pretended to be the King of Pop in order to promote the star’s final shows, his family has claimed.
The double was allegedly used at London’s O2 Arena alongside TV host Dermot O’Leary in 2009, the Daily Star reported. The family also suspects that the clips showing the Thriller star rehearsing, also used in a movie later, featured a double.
The allegations were made by Jackson’s children Paris and Prince and their grandmother Katherine in a 26-billion-pound claim. They suggested that the singer’s tour bosses hired a body double, as Jackson was not fit enough.
Bianca Cobb, a body language expert, said that, in his opinion, the man in the clips wasn’t Jackson. He added that the walk in the clip was cockier, had more bounce than MJ’s typical style and that he tended to walk with his head down.
However, the tour promoters have denied the claim and Sony, who released the movie showing Jackson rehearsing, said that every frame was undeniably the legendary musician. A family source revealed that the star’s family has hired detectives to track down the fake MJ.