By: Roger Friedman // Sunday June 28, 2009
Al Malnik, Michael Jackson’s friend and mentor from Florida, is not happy this morning with TMZ.
The pay-for-play website has published personal photographs belonging to Malnik and his wife, Nancy, of Michael, his three kids, the Malniks and friends that were taken about five or six years ago.
Nancy Malnik tells me she posted the photographs to friends only, with all the restrictions necessary, on her Facebook page. One of her 200 or so Facebook “friends” evidently copied 20 of the pictures and sold them to TMZ without permission.
“I can’t believe it,” Nancy Malnik told me this morning. “I’ve looked through the list and can’t figure out who would do such a thing.”
Meantime, Al Malnik cleared up for me a confusion that’s been out in the media. He does not have a 2004 will from Michael Jackson and was never appointed his executor. Michael simply asked him if he’d be the executor of his will. “But I never heard anything about it again,” Malnik told me. Malnik did sign a notarized agreement making him godfather to Michael’s third child, Prince Michael II aka Blanket.
As far as TMZ is concerned, they’re on notice for publishing purloined photos.