During Michael Jackson’s TV special with Martin Bashir, the singer was asked about his multi-million-dollar, out-of-court payment to the father of a boy nine years ago following allegations of sexual abuse. Why did Michael do this despite his insistence of innocence? “I didn’t want to do a long drawn-out thing [trial] on TV like OJ [Simpson] and all that stupid stuff,” Jackson said. “It wouldn’t look right. I said, ‘Look, let’s get this over with. I want to go on with my life. This is ridiculous. I’ve had enough.”‘ The incident hasn’t scared Jackson from having kids sleep with him in bed though. “When you say bed, they make that sexual. It’s not sexual. We’re going to sleep,” Jackson explained. “I tuck them in and put a little like, er, music on and when it’s story time I read a book and we go to sleep with the fireplace on. I give them hot milk, you know. We have cookies. It’s very charming. It’s very sweet. It’s what the whole world should do.” Read more.
Martin Bashir Describes Jacko
February 3, 2003 – The Mirror has comments from TV journalist Martin Bashir who previewed the 90-minute Michael Jackson special that aired tonight on ITV, and will air later this week on ABC. Bashir said, “In many ways, he is charming. In others, he is a disturbing individual whose financial power enables him to do what he wants when he wants.” As for the infamous baby dangling incident in Berlin, which he was in Jacko’s room at the time it happened, he says, “Not one of his entourage was prepared to tell him it was ludicrous and dangerous.”
Michael Jackson Becomes King Of Shopping
February 3, 2003 – During the premiere of the Michael documentary aired in the UK by television journalist Martin Bashir, the singer spent almost $6 million in Las Vegas on a single-day spree, a number that far surpassed Elton John’s $1.6 million splurge. “It was more like a multinational corporation buying furniture for all its worldwide premises,” Bashir said. “He is a disturbing individual whose financial power enables him to do what he wants.” The special airs in America on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, on a special broadcast of ’20/20′ anchored by Barbara Walters.