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*As we reported, two of Michael Jackson‘s security guards have written a book about the late entertainer on the eve of the 5th anniversary of his death.

In “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days,” Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, let readers know what it was like working with the King of Pop during the final years of his life and they’re not holding back, either.

For instance, there was the time, back in 2007 when the iPhone was introduced to the world, MiJac wanted one, but according to Whitfield and Beard, it almost didn’t happen because  his credit was super jacked up. Whitfield says he once overheard Jackson say he had no idea where his money was or how much he had. He also talks about how  he and Beard weren’t paid for months on end.

Anyway, as far as the iPhone is concerned, Whitfield said after Beard stood in line for two and a half hours to buy one, he was asked by Jackson to set up the phone. That’s when things really got interesting.

Bill Whitfield & Javon Beard

Bill Whitfield & Javon Beard

Here’s what happened next, according to Whitfield:

“I had all his personal information, so I said sure. I first tried to set it up in his name, but after running Michael Jackson’s Social Security number, AT&T wanted a $1,500 deposit. Just to turn on a cell phone. That’s how bad his credit was. I went ahead and set up the account in my name. Then he wanted an iPhone for his mom, so he could send her pictures of the kids. I set up his mother’s cell phone in my name too.”

Whitfield said eventually Jackson’s number was changed and the bill for both phone accounts was never paid.

“The charges had run up close to two thousand dollars, and they got disconnected,” said Whitfield.

If you’d like MORE from “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days,” check out this fascinating excerpt at Slate.com.

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