Michael Jackson Didn't Have Good Enough Credit For an iPhone
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.03.2014
It had to be set up in someone else's name...
According to a new book, Michael Jackson's quest for an iPhone in 2007 required a security guard using his name due to the King of Pop's poor credit. Yahoo! reports that according to the new book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, Jackson's credit was incredibly bad at the time of the first iPhone's release and he had to have guard Bill Whitfield set it up in his name.
Whitfield and fellow security guard Javon Beard talk about Jackson's financial troubles in the book, with Whitfield noting that he once overheard Jackson say he didn't know where his money was or how much he had, yet still spent thousands on trips to FAO Schwarz for toys along with other items like a seven-foot-tall Tinkerbell replica.
Whitfield recounted the iPhone story as well, noting that he tried to get one in Jackson's name. "I had all his personal information, so I said sure," he said. "I first tried to set it up in his name, but after running Michael Jackson's Social Security number, AT&T wanted a $1,500 deposit. Just to turn on a cell phone. That's how bad his credit was. I went ahead and set up the account in my name. Then he wanted an iPhone for his mom, so he could send her pictures of the kids. I set up his mother's cell phone in my name too."
Whitfield added that the bill for both phones weren't paid, saying, "The charges had run up close to two thousand dollars, and they got disconnected."