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Michael Jackson ‘told the truth' when denying abuse claims, body language expert says

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A new one-off show, Michael Jackson: A Faking It Special, showed a collection of body language experts poring over the late star’s actions in various interviews. The intention of the show was to determine whether he was telling the truth when he denied being involved in any child abuse scandals.

The show, which is available on Discovery Plus, shows body language expert Cliff Lansley looking at different events which saw Jackson being asked about “sleeping in the same bedroom” as some children.

This line of questioning followed a 2003 documentary made by journalist Martin Bashir titled Living With Michael Jackson where the star admitted to sleeping in the same bedroom as young guests in his home of Neverland.

The star said at the time: “We have guest units, but whenever kids come here they always want to stay with me, they never want to stay in the guest rooms. And I have never invited them into my room, they always just wanna stay with me. They say: ‘Can I stay with you tonight?’ So I go: ‘If it’s OK with your parents then yes you can.’”

One moment in the documentary shows 12-year-old Gavin Arvizo correcting Jackson when he said he slept on the floor in a sleeping bag. Instead, he revealed, Jackson slept on blankets.

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Speaking about this moment in the documentary Lansley said: “So, this is a spontaneous correction, which is a reliable indicator of truth-telling.

“When someone makes a spontaneous correction to the fact that Michael Jackson says ‘I was in a sleeping bag,’ and then this young child has said ‘no, no, you pulled the blankets down and you slept on the blankets on the floor,’ is typical of the truth.”

He went on: “The fact that that child is making the correction is so natural and flows so easily, there can be a lot of confidence that Michael Jackson slept on the floor and this young boy slept on the bed.”

The expert added: “There is very little evidence that anything untoward went on between these two.”

Cliff continued: “It’s at this point we get a wider pitch range from Michael Jackson.

“He elongates the ‘yeah’ and we get this melodic ‘of course.’ And he slows the speed as well. He’s making it seem as though it’s perfectly natural. In fact, it’s the most loving thing to do.”

Shortly after the 2003 documentary aired Jackson was arrested and charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent for the purpose of committing a felony.

Later in the Faking It Special Cliff looked at Jackson’s statement denying the allegations made against him.

He revealed: “We hear a resignation at the end that gives us an indication of sadness in the form of an in-breath. So, breathe in three times for sadness.”

Cliff went on: “We even get movement in the brow, and this is rare in Michael Jackson’s face for whatever reason, whether it’s Botox or a tight face, the brows rarely move. But we see a flattening of the brows which is a reliable indicator of sadness.

“At the same time, we get this croaky flakiness in the voice. The universal trigger for sadness is loss. I think it’s loss of dignity with the physical examination and the loss of a childhood is a key part of his growing life.”

Gavin Arvizo later testified in court that he was molested by Jackson while he was at Neverland.

On June 13, 2005 Jackson was acquitted of all charges.

Michael Jackson: A Faking It Special is available on Discovery Plus.

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Amazon apologizes for tweet denying some workers urinate in bottles

Amazon on Friday issued an apology for a tweet last week denying claims from some Amazon workers that they were worked so hard that they were forced to urinate in plastic bottles instead of going to the restroom.

The tweet from the Amazon News account came in response to a post from Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanWhite House delays release of budget plan Intercept reporter: ‘There’s no way’ Amazon management didn’t know about ‘routine’ of drivers peeing in bottles Union president: Amazon’s ‘progressive workplace’ claims are ‘outrageous’ and ‘tone deaf’ MORE[3][4][5][6][7][2] (D-Wis.), who commented on claims of a “progressive workplace” from Amazon consumer chief Dave Clark[8][1]

“Paying workers $ 15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan tweeted. 

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Amazon pushed back in its own tweet, writing, “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?”

“If that were true, nobody would work for us,” the account added at the time. “The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.”

Amazon apologized on Friday for its response, writing in a blog post, “This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan.”[10]

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“First, the tweet was incorrect,” Amazon said. “It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.” The company noted that these locations usually have “dozens of restrooms, and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time.” 

“If any employee in a fulfillment center has a different experience, we encourage them to speak to their manager and we’ll work to fix it,” the multinational tech giant added. 

Amazon also said that the tweet “did not receive proper scrutiny,” recognizing the “need to hold ourselves to an extremely high accuracy bar at all times, and that is especially so when we are criticizing the comments of others.” 

The corporation admitted that Amazon drivers especially may “have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

“This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon,” the post added before including a series of links for additional news reports on drivers for ride-hailing services and workers for delivery companies struggling to find accessible bathrooms while working. 

Amazon went on to say, “Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it. We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.” 

Several Twitter users had criticized Amazon for its response last week, including Pocan himself, who tweeted, “And yes, I do believe your workers. You don’t?”

Since 2018, some Amazon workers have come forward with claims that they were forced to urinate in bottles as well as other allegations of worker mistreatment, including that pregnant employees were required to stand for hours on their shifts and were repeatedly targeted for termination.

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