The Sun reports that Michael Jackson paid off his ex-wife Debbie Rowe from speaking about his sexual behavior, mental state or alleged drug abuse. The King of Pop is shelling out $1 million a year to Rowe. Top family lawyer Lisa Helfend Meyer said: “I think Michael’s team is extraordinarily threatened by the confidentiality agreement. The implication is Michael has something to hide.”
Jackson Seeks Jury Of His Peers
February 3, 2005 – David Letterman joked during his Late Show monologue on Wednesday night, “The Michael Jackson trial is about to start out in California. That guy is kind of weird, I think. They’re doing jury selection right now. Michael is to be judged by a jury of his peers. So they’re looking for 12 surgically altered freaks.”
Will Michael Jackson Defense Rally The Troops?
February 3, 2005 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports ‘Rush Hour’ director Brett Ratner and star Chris Tucker are all set to take the stand for Michael’s defense in his child molestation trial. Friedman says they each had a massive amount of contact with the accuser and his family and have little good to say about them. Read more.
Racial Composition Of The Jackson Jury Pool
February 2, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “What a crowd! You sound like Michael Jackson when he heard the judge call for a ten-minute recess. ‘Recess? Let’s go, kids!’ … Today on the news they were talking about the racial composition of the jury pool. They said it’s about 20 percent African-American and 75 percent white … oh, I’m sorry. That’s Michael Jackson. … You know who I feel really sorry for today? Robert Blake. Did you see what happened to him? All the reporters left his trial and went up to cover Michael’s. ‘Hey, come on, you guys. Who do I have to shoot in this town?!'”
Recess At Jackson Trial
February 2, 2005 – Craig Ferguson joked during his Late Late Show monologue on Tuesday night, “The Michael Jackson trial started today. At one point during the trial the judge called for a recess and Michael said, ‘Goodie, where are the kids?'”