Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com turned up his nose to the New York Times report suggesting that Michael Jackson had been paid an additional $1 million for his CBS TV special to agree to an interview with Ed Bradley on ’60 Minutes’. Friedman sneered, “Maybe someone should tell Times editor Bill Keller that Waxman spent a good deal of her day on Monday chatting up Jackson’s former manager Dieter Wiesner. Now back in Germany, where he owns sex clubs, Wiesner was very happy to tell Waxman anything he could think of to destroy Jackson’s reputation.” Meanwhile, Friedman hears that Jackson’s attorney Mark Geragos “called everyone the other day and told them to lie if anyone asked about the Nation of Islam and Michael” according to two of his sources. Read more.
Sheriff’s Office To Play Video Rebutting Michael Jackson Claims
December 31, 2003 – The New York Daily News reports that the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s office will hold a news conference Wednesday to rebut Michael Jackson’s complaint of abuse while in custody last month. They plan to play a video that backs them as well. Loyola Law School Prof. Laurie Levenson told the Daily News that if cops are able to definitively counter Jackson, it could be used against him in court.
Michael Jackson’s Shopping Trip Kid Trick
December 30, 2003 – The Glasgow Daily Record reports Michael Jackson went shopping at a Beverly Hills store on Tuesday and seemed to be trying to trick onlookers into thinking he had his children with him. He got one of one of his bodyguards to pretend to be one of his kids in the Sharper Image store by shuffling along on his knees beneath a blanket.