New footage has emerged of Michael Jackson's harrowing Pepsi commercial accident in 1984 that set the late singer's hair on fire, causing severe burns to his face and scalp — and is said to be the start of his reported painkiller addiction, according to Us Weekly.
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Jackson was filming the commercial with his brothers at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 27, 1984. The video, obtained by Us, shows that pyrotechnics were set off too early at the start of the sixth take, setting Jackson's hair on fire.
Jackson is unaware of the flames at first and continues dancing before people rushed to his aid. The King of Pop suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face and scalp. He was prescribed different pain medications, which kick-started his addiction and obsession with plastic surgery, Us reports, adding that the singer — who was at the height of his career at the time — was "never the same" afterward.
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Jackson and Pepsi settled out of court for $1.5 million. He donated the money to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif., where he had been treated, to establish the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
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In other Jackson news:
- Tito Jackson tells U.K.'s Daily Mail
that the Jackson family staged an intervention about the singer's drug abuse. "We kept asking him if it was true what we had heard that he was using drugs," he said. "He kept denying it. He said we were over-reacting. We also spoke to a doctor and he assured us it was not the situation. He said he was there to make sure Michael was healthy."
- A coroner visited the office of Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, on Tuesday to follow up on a subpoena seeking additional medical records. Klein has been cooperating with the investigation, the Associated Press