Michael Jackson signed a note to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley with the less than charming epithet “Love Turd”, it has emerged.
The handwritten note, believed to have been composed sometime between 1993 and 1996 was set to be auctioned at Juliene’s Auction, in Beverly Hills, but was apparently pulled at the request of Presley.
It makes reference to Jackson’s insomnia, which came to be treated with Propofol, a drug that would eventually kill him.
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It says: “"Smell here [arrow with box] Lisa I truly need this rest I haven't slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im' [sic] crazy for you Love Turd."
The couple were married in 1994, with Presley filing for divorce in 1996.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009. His doctor, Conrad Murray, was declared guilty of involuntary manslaughter in October 2011 and was sentenced to four years behind bars.
Of the removal of the letter from auction, Darren Julien told TMZ: “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honour the request and continue our good relationship with Ms Presley.”
A selection of Jackson's glittery gloves, spangled jackets and stage wear will go under the hammer at the auction house in December.