Published: Jul 20, 2009
Pepsi Director Denies Blame For Michael Jackson Burns
by Staff

The director of the 1984 Pepsi commercial in which Michael Jackson's hair accidentally caught ablaze is fuming after he was blamed for the accident by a Los Angeles fire department chief.

Captain Don Donester, who was working as a fire safety inspector on the set, alleged on Thursday (16Jul09) that director Bob Giraldi urged Jackson to remain under the sparks for longer than recommended.

Donester alleges he overheard the director say, "Stand there longer (under the sparks). You'll look more majestic."

But Giraldi has hit back at the accusations, insisting a set of fireworks malfunctioned to produce the sparks, which were never intended to go off.

And the director insists Donester should have warned him about the dangerous stunt in the first place.

Addressing Donester's claims the accident was his fault, Giraldi tells Tmz.com, "That's not true." (c) WENN

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