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July 1-15, 2005 Edition
Simon & Schuster
Signs Book Deal
On Michael Jackson
NEW YORK, NY/06/22/05Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has acquired worldwide English-language rights to a yet untitled book by journalist Diane Dimond about Michael Jackson. Dimond is the controversial journalist who broke the story of Jacksons child molestation charges in 1993.
Simon & Schuster, which has scheduled release of the book this fall, is banking on the popularity of the subject and its controversial author to sell a lot of books. Dimonds coverage of the case has favored prosecution. The author is said to reveal never-before-told facts about Michael Jackson and the courtroom case against him. While Dimond is quoted in a New York Times piece June 16 as saying she has never called Jackson a pedophile or said he was guilty, but she said it is inappropriate for a 46-year-old man to sleep with other peoples children.
Dimonds agent is Wayne Kabak of William Morris Agency.