Michael Jackson has released a video on his official website in response to the recent leaks of grand jury transcripts. The King of Pop stated:
In the last few weeks, a large amount of ugly, malicious information has been released into the media about me,” Jackson said. “Apparently, this information was leaked through transcripts in a grand jury proceeding where neither my lawyers, nor I, ever appeared. The information is disgusting and false. Years ago, I allowed a family to visit and spend some time at Neverland. Neverland is my home. I allowed this family into my home because they told me their son was ill with cancer and needed my help. Through the years, I have helped thousands of children who were ill or in distress. These events have caused a nightmare for my family, my children and me. I never intend to place myself in so vulnerable a position again. I love my community and I have great faith in our justice system. Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen. I will be acquitted and vindicated when the truth is told.
Watch it below.
Nickname Given To Jackson Trial
January 28, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Let’s see what’s the latest on the Michael Jackson trial, or as they’re calling it now, ‘Fondling Neverland’. That’s what they’re calling the trial. [Laughter] Well, the prosecutors now say they want to display Michael Jackson’s porn collection for the jury. You know, why do they always call it a porn collection? [Light laughter] When men have porn, are there really porn collectors? I mean, are these guys at flea markets on weekends? ‘A 1979 copy of Black Licorice. I’ve been looking all over for it. [Laughter] I found it! I got it for $2!'”
Michael Jackson Trial Set To Begin
January 27, 2005 – Michael will finally go on trial on Monday, charged with sexually abusing a then 13-year-old boy. Professor Michael Brennan, a criminal law expert, tells Reuters: “It’s an uphill battle for the defense but ultimately the prosecution is going to have to depend upon a minor victim witness and we just don’t know how that individual is going to appear in terms of his credibility.”