Actor Russell Crowe has claimed that Michael Jackson used to prank call him.
Speaking in interview with The Guardian, the Gladiator star said that the pattern of nuisance calls began when Jackson found out what secret name he used to book hotel rooms.
Crowe explained: “For two or three fucking years, I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”
The California property is up for sale by the hedge fund that owns it and proposals for using the 2,700 acre property are also said to include a shrine to the late pop star and a state park.
Page Six reports that a local businessman has bid $40m for Neverland with a view to transforming it into a place where young victims of sexual abuse can seek help. “His goal is for the place to be used to help children in a serene setting recover from the trauma of sex abuse,” a source said.
They added: “The plan is to have children come there for treatment, and they will also hire trained therapists who would help the victims through the use of equine-assisted therapy, which works to improve the kids’ self-esteem, and it helps them to become more outgoing.”
Jackson lived in the sprawling property in Santa Barbara County, California from 1988 until his death in 2009. Late last year fresh allegations of child abuse were made against Jackson, five years after his death.
Jackson was previously accused of child sexual abuse charges and faced charges, but was acquitted in 2005.