Michael Jackson was so convinced he would be assassinated onstage during his comeback concerts, he considered wearing a bullet-proof vest, according to the late star's former bodyguard.
The pop superstar died in 2009 just weeks before he was due to hit the stage in London with his This Is It shows and his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is currently on trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Jackson's former security guard, Matt Fiddes, has now opened up about his time with the King of Pop, revealing the singer wore a bullet-proof vest during his 2005 trial on child molestation charges, of which he was eventually cleared, and constantly feared for his life.
Fiddes tells Britain's The People newspaper, "Michael said to me, 'I fear I'm not going to make these concerts, or may get assassinated onstage. Please could you make sure my children are OK.' He was a mess. He told me that during his four-month trial... he had to wear a bullet-proof vest every day. Michael said he would have to wear one through the concerts and wasn't sure how he'd get through them because of his worries."
The former bodyguard also alleges Jackson was so scared before the press conference in London to announce the gigs, he drank to steady his nerves.
Fiddes says, "Michael got it into his head that someone would shoot him so he drank whiskey, virtually a half-bottle, to steady himself. It was his first public appearance for ages and he believed he was going to get murdered because of all the bad press from his past."