Sources gave Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com a rundown of the celebrities on hand at Neverland on Saturday to salute Michael Jackson in his time of need, as the King of Pop faces child molestation charges. Attendees included all of his siblings including his so far silent sister Janet Jackson, her fiance Jermaine Dupri, his attorney Mark Geragos, Serena Williams, Rodney Jerkins, Ryan Seacrest, Darryl Strawberry, Sly’s mother Jackie Stallone, MC Hammer, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, Lionel Richie, Mario Van Peebles, Chris Tucker, and Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter and his brother Aaron Carter. There was no sign of Jackson’s usual suspect best friends Liz Taylor, Liza Minnelli, or Macaulay Culkin. Also absent were Jackson’s children Prince, Paris, and “Blanket,” as well as Debbie Rowe. Read more.
Fury At Michael Jackson Visit To UK
December 20, 2003 – The Sun is leading an effort to ban Michael from entering Britain after the singer was charged with child molestation on Thursday. Politicians and campaigners against child abuse are joining the fight, including Des Turner, Labor MP for Brighton, who said: “Britain needs to send out the clearest message to pedophiles that their crimes are evil and unacceptable. I would like to see him barred until the charges against him are resolved.” Read more.
Child Campaigners Don’t Want Michael Jackson In Britain
December 20, 2003 – The Mirror reports children’s rights campaigners called on the Government to stop Michael entering Britain on Friday. The singer, who faces nine charges of child abuse, was due to arrive in the next few days. Labor MP Mark Tami has written to Home Secretary David Blunkett urging him to block the visit. He said: “It is inappropriate for him to come here. He’s not been charged with shoplifting or something like that – he’s been charged with serious sexual charges.”