June 30th, 2009
05:45 PM ET

Grace Rwaramba's statement

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Grace Rwaramba

Michael Jackson was an exceptional Human Being. He was gifted, deeply compassionate and brought joy to the lives of so many. He loved his family dearly, and above all, his beautiful children.

In addition to being my employer over the past 17 years and entrusting the care of his beloved children to me, he was my dear friend. While our friendship had challenges, as do all friendships, he was loyal to the end. I cherish and honor his memory.

I am shocked, hurt and deeply saddened by recent statements the press has attributed to me, in particular, the outrageous and patently false claim that I “routinely pumped his stomach after he had ingested a dangerous combination of drugs”. I don’t even know how to pump a stomach!! In addition, I have never spoken to the Times Online, the original source of the story that has now been picked up worldwide. The statements attributed to me confirm the worst in human tendencies to sensationalize tragedy and smear reputations for profit.


Filed under: 360º Follow • Michael Jackson
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Hi Anderson

    You had the Jackson Attorney on last night...I loved Michael Jackson as an entertainer and watching him dance, but to be honest with you, as I watch the coverage, I am really tired of people like that Jackson Attorney trying to whitewash everything..you mentioned the nurse that Michael tried to get drugs from, the Attorney asked what relavence does it have,. he is an idiot, The public know that this was one of the most troubled, messed up entertainers around and much of the black community, from Rev. Sharpton to Spike Lee, don't want to be honest about Michael and the children and the face surgery etc...This is an opportuniy for them to use this tragedy to educate the black community in what not to do.....the facts are Michael hasn't done a really good album since Thriller, he did drugs, he didn't pay people his debts, this sugar coating everything is disgusting. This is one aspect that caused Michaels's death. It was also really poor that Michael outbid Paul McCartney for his own music, Paul has never spoken to him since. There is just so much going on to cover the truth....

    July 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  2. Joanne Pacicca

    She was fired. Wasn't see?

    July 1, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    It ain't just money, ( the root of all evil) its media ratings = money as well, and apparently if this lady is telling the truth no good reason why she should not and Times on line need to produce satisfactory evidence,if she is Lying, then in good Ole America we can sue whoever is Lying!!
    In my book blogging this on CNN is unethical unless you have proved individually within your organisation who is telling the truth.
    OOooops forgot about the ratings!!!

    July 1, 2009 at 2:08 am |
  4. Bella

    I am so glad this has been cleared up!
    I Thank you!
    People can be so cruel and it is sickening.
    We all miss Michael.

    July 1, 2009 at 2:01 am |
  5. Nikki

    I think Michael was a very kind and caring man. I am saddened that he is gone, he will be in my heart forever!! I love his music and he is a true icon. I wish that he was as happy as he made us. He made this world and music a better place.
    I wish people would take Michael's advice in his song and "Leave Him Alone" we don't need rumours and things that just anyone can come out and say. Also they are speculating that Michael is not the Father of those beautiful children, I believe he has raised them, and they loved their Father, that is ALL that matters!! Have some respect and let him rest. In life he gave us everything he had and he stated he loved us. Let us show him we love him!!! WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL

    July 1, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  6. psychic rose

    i will miss so michael psychic rose

    July 1, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  7. @JGbraineruption

    Glad To read this. People were saying all kinds of garbage on her behalf. Its good she cleared it up. Where do people even get these ideas? What ever happened to people just keeping quiet if they don't know anything?

    July 1, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  8. Maxine

    Honestly can the man finally have peace? It is so sad how so many stories are coming out & Michael Jackson was such a private person. He never had peace in life so please people let him finally have it in death. Michael I Love u & may God keep u wrapped up in his arms where u will find peace & rest. R.I.P.

    June 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  9. Aisa

    On the day Miachael Jackson died, someone had said

    " Watch...Even the most reputable news agencies are going to turn his death into a circus" I had hope they were going to be wrong....but alas

    June 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm |

    I feel and hurt so badly for the kids, but I know that God will take care of them. But I really wish his father will just keep his mouth closed, whatever he did to his family I believe he though he were doing what was best for them at the time. Micheal lived a good life, but a sad life because love hurts, I believe Micheal loved people and he loved hard and when you love like that you always get hurt over and over, and that kind of love comes from God, God places that kind of love in ones heart , Jesus said love your enemies and forgive them that hurt you, and He will take care of everything, my prayer is that Micheal is at peace with God, because God is a loving, kind, and forgiving father. Yes Micheal sanged as some would say songs for the Devil but we don't know what was in his heart, how he felt about God, or what kind of relationship he had with God because only God knows the heart of man, we look at the outward man but God see the inward man the heart of man. Rest in peace Micheal.

    June 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  11. C Mosieri

    I am glad you spoke out. There are people always ready to write the worst and believe the worst in others. God bless you for speaking up and also truthfully.
    May God bless Michael and may he rest in perfect peace. May God also bless Michael's children and his entire family especially in their great loss. God will bring them the peace and comfort that they so deserve.
    We really loved Michael. He will always have a special place in our hearts.
    God bless them all.

    June 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  12. Joyce

    I am so sorry about the untimely death of Michael Jackson.i pray for peace for him and his small children.i think he would want his mother to have the children,along with their regular nanny,that they all loved so much.i do not think he would want his father to have any control over them.
    Rest in Peace Michael.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  13. DKB

    It's too bad that stories are circulating that aren't true. What is wrong with this world?

    June 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  14. the floacist

    Glad she spoke out.

    June 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  15. Denise

    Did Deepak, address directly with Jackson, his friend about his disfigurement of his appearance, and urge him to explore or consult with others for help or with himself. Its obvious he probably didn't want help since he continued this, but with counseling-therapy to explore deep acceptance and self love of ones self could he over come his perspections of himself. It also appears he didn't have a strong interest in a significant other. Was an adult relationship too much of challenge for him to be in a partnership? It appears he liked things his own way in his daily life. Any thoughts?

    June 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  16. Jan

    I, being the public, and one that read that statement, are in fact smart enough to be able to tell that the statement Time Online made, made no sense. Please don't think that we, the public, are all so gullible. I , for one, am not. Thank you for the time and contributions you have made in the life of MJ and his children. That is what will always count. Whenever a person leaves this earth there are only two things that matter. Your word and your deeds. MJ will long be remembered for both.

    June 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  17. Aaegie, Toronto, Canada

    This woman can deny the statements she made to timesonline all she wants, she out to be investigated from her immigration to the US and her activities.

    June 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  18. Zenawit Birhanu

    It is a shame that it would have to take for Michael to die in order for the world to finally understand him and realize his greatness. Though what's going on in the media saddens me, I have got the feeling his name will be for once and for all vindicated. Then the world will reflect on the type of society we've managed to create, one that promotes negative and false judgements, disinformation and malice for profits and entertainment despite the cost! Michael has for decades been a victim of such abuse, however in the end it would seem to be that he'll have his victory!

    June 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  19. Annie Kate

    Its unfortunate that stories like the one described in this post get started and then get reported by news sources who should have verified them for truth before proceeding. Just goes to show that nothing you hear or read is necessarily true. Its too bad this woman's reputation is being smeared by this story.

    June 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm |