16th April 2004
New Allegation Previously Deemed Not Credible
Santa Barbara authorities concluded story was hoax
As previously reported, the LAPD are currently investigating into new claims of child abuse against Michael Jackson. However, it has become apparent that the Santa Barbara Police Department were the first to hear of these new claims and in fact deemed them not credible, according to News-Press.
Almost falling into routine surrounding rumours that circulate about the King of Pop, these allegations have apparently been pushed forward from two women who are no strangers to the world of Michael Jackson.
According to Reuters, this new Accuser "recovered" memories from psychiatric sessions with Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills Psychiatrist who has been outspoken in the media, as well as filing official complaints to the Santa Barbara authorities against Michael following what she had seen in the Bashir documentary, Living With Michael Jackson, which in fact led an investigation by Police.
The attorney who is rumoured to have brought this complaint to the LAPD is no other than Gloria Allred. As well as being involved in the case against Michael in 1993, Allred has been trying to have authorities seize the King of Pop’s three children since late 2002 after the now infamous incident with his youngest, Blanket, in Berlin.
Michael Jackson’s Defence team have previously issued a press release on these new claims, in which they stated, "We believe that this smear campaign is driven by money hungry lawyers, seeking to capitalize on Mr. Jackson’s current legal situation."
1st April 2004
Michael Jackson To Tour Africa In Fight Against AIDS
Yesterday, March 31st, Michael Jackson was once again in Washington meeting with more members of congress.
Congressman Bobby Rush told CNN, "This man, Michael Jackson, is going to lead the global effort to make sure that we provide all of our resources -- all of our attention -- to eliminating and dealing with this scourge called AIDS."
After meeting with members of congress, as well as African ambassadors, the King of Pop then stood beside congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee while she gave a press conference to the media.
Although Michael never actually spoke to the media, he did acknowledge statements being made by Jackson Lee as well as the fans shouting his name. In one light-hearted moment, the King of Pop stated, “that wasn’t loud enough...” in response to the reception of applause congresswoman Jackson Lee’s comments received.
According to CNN, Jackson Lee said Michael “has committed to an African concert tour to raise money for anti-AIDS efforts.” Within the press conference, she stated “Michael Jackson will go to Africa on the specific basis of fighting the scourge of AIDS and economic development.”
Tomorrow, April 1st, Michael will be honoured by the African Ambassadors' Spouses Association for his worldwide humanitarian efforts, particularly in Africa.
17th January 2004
Michael Jackson Invited Fans Back To Neverland
"In the spirit of love and togetherness, Michael Jackson would like to invite his fans and supporters to his Neverland Ranch… Refreshments will be served. We'll see you there."
This is what was written on the invitations that were given out amongst Michael Jackson’s fans that gathered for the King of Pop’s court appearance yesterday.
According to MTV, Michael didn’t actually spend too much time with his fans, when he arrived he went straight into his home. "He looked tired," said a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. However, fans were free to enjoy the rides and amusements, as well as view the latest film “Peter Pan” on his home cinema screen.
The security was very tight, as everyone who attended had to sign agreements and no cameras, cell phones or even handbags were allowed. Apparently only one fan left unwillingly, when he climbed Michael’s “Giving Tree” without permission.
“The elephant trainer spent most of the party, which lasted from about noon to 5 p.m., explaining the rituals of 17-year-old Lindsey and 12-year-old Bubba to captivated kids and their parents” according to MTV. "Michael and the kids ride her all the time," the trainer said of Lindsey. "We let them run all around the land. It's much better than a regular zoo."
Music was blaring from speakers everywhere, “Even the parades of sharply dressed security guards were grooving to Smooth Criminal." In the arcade room, music from Outkast and Snoop Dogg played while fans enjoyed the machines, the most popular of which being, of course, Moonwalker.
17th January 2004
Michael Jackson Arraignment Creates Excitement
The events leading up to Michael Jackson’s arrival in court, and the astonishing departure of the King of Pop afterwards were nothing short of extraordinary.
Over 600 members of the worldwide media and thousands of fans attended. According to Sky News, a Hot Dog vender was there for all those in attendance.
The Prosecution were the first to arrive, well before the scheduled hearing time. Everyone who entered the courthouse lobby had to pass through metal detectors and were frisked by local Police officers.
Michael had many friends and family in attendance, one of the first to appear was his Father, Joseph. Later on, his wife Katherine joined him, as she entered the courthouse with her son Jermaine Jackson holding one hand and Michael’s attorney Mark Geragos holding her other. Co-council lawyer Benjamin Brafman and Michael’s brother Tito were not far behind.
Mark Geragos then went outside to meet his client when Michael arrived to a thunderous reception. His car took a while to simply get through the crowds, before he eventually stepped outside of his vehicle. With media surrounding him Michael stopped off to greet his fans that had travelled from all over the world to see him. Unfortunately Michael entered the courthouse over 20 minutes late.
Michael was then frisked by Police officers before entering the courtroom, with his sister Janet following him. Comedian Eddie Griffin and Michael’s brother Jackie were also apparently in attendance.
After two hours, the hearing (that was only meant to last about 15 minutes) was over. Michael left the courthouse with his Mother in one hand and sister Janet on the other.
Onlookers could not believe their eyes as Michael then decided to lift himself upon the top of his black SUV to look over his adoring fans. He was seen to be almost restraining himself from dancing as his song D.S. played loudly from nearby speakers. Of course, D.S. is the song written about Santa Barbara District Attorney, Tom Sneddon.
Benjamin Brafman then made a few statements to the media. “We regret he was late. It will not happen again", in regards to Michael’s tardiness. When asked about Michael’s display on top of his car, Brafman said it was “spontaneous ...I think the outpouring of love for Michael Jackson is sort of extraordinary."
17th January 2004
Michael Jackson Pleads ‘Not Guilty’
Preliminary hearing set for February 13th.
Michael Jackson entered a plea of “not guilty” to charges of child abuse, in Santa Maria Courthouse yesterday.
Arriving in the Courthouse about 8:51am, and 21 minutes later than he was meant to, the King of Pop was then reprimanded by Judge Rodney S. Melville, “Mr. Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here”, he said, according to the Associated Press.
Michael was accompanied inside the Courthouse by his lawyers Mark Geragos, and newly employed attorney Benjamin Brafman. Brafman’s employment was only announced Thursday, he has previously been in the limelight for representing rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs.
Joining Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman on the defence team were Steve Cochran and Bob Sanger. Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon led the Prosecution’s team, and was joined by Senior Deputy District Attorneys Ronald Zonen and Gerald Franklin.
A gag order has been actioned to prevent all participants from speaking publicly about the case. Also, media lawyers argued in favour of the search warrant documents that included information about the Neverland raid on November 20th, the Judge decided to keep them sealed.
The Judge has scheduled a date of Friday, February 13th 2004, for a preliminary hearing. This hearing is used to decide whether or not there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
According to AP, Tom Sneddon then “pointedly” asked, "Judge will that be 8:30?" in reference to Michael’s lateness for this hearing, the Judge then responded, “8:30”.
25th December 2003
AP: Jackson Timeline Could Be Hard to Explain
AP: Jackson Timeline Could Be Hard to Explain
Add ultra-conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh to the list of well-known media personalities beginning to question the validity of charges that currently face Michael Jackson. Like others, Rush's comments are a reaction to details surrounding the dates of the "alleged" abuse, as detailed last week by the prosecution.
A recent Associated Press article - which also questions this timeline - is printed below in its entirety. It speaks for itself.
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES - For jurors to convict Michael Jackson (news), they would have to believe he would be so bold as to molest a boy while he was under investigation by child welfare authorities in a probe touched off by a TV documentary.
"It's a joke," Jackson attorney Mark Geragos told "Larry King Live" last week.
Legal experts said prosecutors will have a hard time trying to explain the timeline they set forth in their complaint against the 45-year-old singer.
Jackson was charged last week with seven counts of lewd acts with a child under 14; five of the incidents allegedly occurred between the approximate dates of Feb. 7 and March 10, the two others between the approximate dates of Feb. 20 and March 10.
Two additional counts allege Jackson gave the boy an "intoxicating agent," reportedly wine, also between Feb. 20 and March 10.
The British TV documentary aired nationwide Feb. 6 and prompted swift criticism of Jackson, who was shown holding hands with the boy who is now his accuser. In the documentary, Jackson said they slept in the same room at his Neverland estate but did not share a bed.
Between Feb. 14 and Feb. 27, Los Angeles County child welfare officers investigated Jackson's relationship with the child. The investigation was prompted by a school administrator who called a county hot line after watching the documentary.
A child-welfare agency memo recently leaked to the media said that the boy, his siblings and their mother praised Jackson and told child-welfare officers that nothing inappropriate between the two occurred.
"You'd have to believe that Michael Jackson was molesting at the same time these interviews were going on," Los Angeles defense attorney Harland Braun said.
Such a timeline does not work in the prosecution's favor, said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.
"You'd have to believe that he was so bold that after being put on notice of an investigation, he continued the activity," she said.
Prosecutors said they were aware of the Los Angeles County findings when they sought search and arrest warrants for Jackson but dismissed their significance.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas Sneddon said the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services "conducted interviews, not an investigation."
Geragos has proclaimed the singer's innocence and said the accusations were motivated by greed.