Michael Jackson’s god-daughter Nicole Richie, 22, the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, came to his defense Thursday, saying that she and pals often slept in the same room with him and that nothing sexual or strange took place. “You know, a group of us would all sleep in the same room,” Richie told ‘Access Hollywood’. “It was like, absolutely nothing more than just an adult kind of wanting to be a kid again. Just, you know, enjoying the company of children.” The full story at sify.com has since been removed.
Stars React To Michael Jackson Investigation
November 20, 2003 – Entertainment Tonight caught up with some of his celeb friends and other stars to get their take on the investigation. Motown founder Barry Gordy, who has known Jackson for over 30 years, told ET: “I love Michael and I think Michael is one of the greatest entertainers of all time … I’m just waiting and hoping that this will just all go away.”
Statement On Behalf Of Jackson
November 20, 2003 – Stuart Backerman, Spokesman for Michael Jackson, released the following statement on behalf of his client: “The big lie against Michael Jackson is anchored in the most vicious allegation imaginable, one that resonates across every culture: the spectacle of harming a child. That spectacle invites outrage, and it should. But this spectacle is rooted in a lie.
“Michael said, ‘Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.’ Michael is going to defend himself with the force of his spirit, as would anyone falsely accused of something so monstrous.”