Next came accusations from a promotional
company over his promises of a tour and several appearances that
he then cancelled. Jackson arrived in court late, gave a drowsy
testimony, and inspired gasps when he removed a surgical mask to
reveal his nose had caved in from a botched cosmetic surgery. Only
days later, German fans were horrified when Jackson came to the
balcony of his hotel suite and briefly dangled his 11-month old
baby Prince Michael II (nicknamed "Blanket" by Jackson) over the
edge with one arm. Although he apologized the next day, claiming
he had gotten caught up in the moment, this only did more to cement
the King of Pop's public image as an out-of-control millionaire.
2003 turned out to not be Jackson's year as in November his Neverland
Ranch was extensively searched by police who subsequently arrested
him. It took until 2005 however for Jackson to appear in court.
Jackson, now 46, was charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer
patient. The "King of Pop" was also accused of giving
the boy alcohol and conspiring to keep the boy and his family at
Jackson's Neverland ranch
near Santa Maria. Michael, of course, denied these charges stating "I
have spent my entire life helping millions of children across the
world. I would never harm a child. It is unfortunate that some
individuals have seen fit to come forward and make a complaint
that is completely false,"
The evidence presented in the pre-trial looked bad, but all of
it could be explained as someone trying to make money out of Michael
- a person who has been known to make some poor judgments in the
past. Given a lawyer as good as O. J. Simpson's - and Jackson had
the money to pay for one, I said I wouldn't
like to bet on the DA's case.