King of Pop Michael Jackson became infatuated with his British god-daughter when she was just five years old, his doctor claims. By the time she was 12 the twisted Thriller star was so obsessed with the little girl that he was determined to marry her as soon as possible.But he also fell for movie star Emma Watson when she was an 11-year-old Harry Potter actress – and announced that if he couldn’t have his first choice he’d wed her instead.The extraordinary claims are made in an explosive new book by the singer’s personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray.
Mark and Harriet Lester
It casts an astonishing light on the bizarre, dark world of the 400million-record selling megastar, who died of a prescription drugs overdose in 2009. Murray, 63, claims Jacko confided in him about his crush on little Harriet, the daughter of his close friend, former Oliver! child actor Mark Lester, 58. Michael fell in love with Harriet when she was roughly five years old,” Murray writes in This Is It – named after the concerts at London’s 02 Arena that Jackson, 50, had been preparing for when he died.Then, by age 12, he grew to become fixated on her,” he claims.
“He wanted me to go with him to visit her father and to discuss plans for matrimony while in London, during the This Is It concerts. He told me Harriet’s father was Mark Lester, his very close friend.”
An entire chapter of the book, which will be published on Tuesday, documents Jackson’s sickening obsession with very young girls.Telling of his reaction to the star’s bombshell confession, Murray writes:
“I was concerned that Harriet was legally far too young for marriage in most of the world. When I asked Michael how old she was, he said he was not sure, but thought she could be about 12 years old.
I remembered saying to him in Trinidad and Tobago I’m familiar with some prearranged marriages, especially in the Hindu faith, but I don’t think it’s allowed for ages that young.”
Mark Lester and his two daughters Harriet (L) and Olivia with Michael Jackson
“It would be something to carefully scour for the legality of marriage to a minor. I was sure it was statutory rape in America and England.He said he planned to have someone review the legality and ramifications of marrying someone as young as Harriet when he arrived in London. He wanted me to visit Harriet’s father with him so he could discuss the ramifications of marrying someone that young in the western world.”
He claims the megastar told him:
“You must swear you will never say a word to anyone about this. Only you will know when the time is right.”
And Dr Murray has decided the right time is now. Jackson always vehemently denied persistent child sex abuse rumours surrounding him. He paid millions of dollars to settle a number of cases with the families of young boys who claimed to have been abused by him at his Neverland ranch in California.
In 2005 he faced allegations in court, and but a jury acquitted him of each of 14 counts. Jubilant fans released a white dove for each of the 14 verdicts. But the rumours have never gone away. Murray claims Jackson confided his yearnings for little girls after admitting he had never been intimate with his second wife Debbie Rowe.
“It was then that he told me that he intended to marry someone named Harriet, a blonde on whom he had a terrible crush,” Murray says.I was startled to later learn that the tall, ultra-thin Harriet was a 13-year-old girl on whom Michael was fixated.”
Rowe gave birth to Jackson’s older two children Michael Junior, 19 and Paris, 18, after getting pregnant by artificial insemination. Younger son Blanket, 14, was born by an unknown surrogate mother. Jackson also talked to the doctor about his hopes of having more children. Lester declined to comment about Murray’s allegations this week.
In a further extraordinary claim about Jackson’s bizarre world, Murray says the Billie Jean singer had a cardboard cutout of actress Emma Watson in his £60,000-a-month rented home in Los Angeles. Jackson first spotted Emma, now 26, playing child witch Hermione in the Harry Potter films and quickly became infatuated.
“Michael told me he was almost as consumed with British actress Emma Watson. He had ‘fallen in love with her’ when she was in her first Harry Potter film in 2001, when she was just 11. Emma was his second choice for a bride if things did not work out with Harriet.”
Jackson even told Murray he wanted to make his home in London after his planned shows in the capital – which the frail star was never able to perform. The incredible plans he was hearing left the doctor questioning Jackson’s motives.
“This was the closest Michael ever came to answering my own unasked questions about the paedophilia allegations that had haunted him for years,” he writes.
“I never challenged Michael. That is because I instinctively knew that when it came to very sensitive subjects, Michael could as quickly shut down, as he had been forthright. But one thing was clear: the way Michael spoke about the young girls was not an innocent crush, but an unrequited love.”