Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “In an interview on MSNBC, Jermaine Jackson claims that his brother Michael was mistreated while he was in custody at the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department … it wasn’t enough for Michael Jackson to be the king of pop, now he wants to be the Rodney King of pop.”
Liz Taylor Saves Michael Jackson
December 12, 2003 – Mike Walker of the National Enquirer reports Elizabeth Taylor is claiming to friends that she has talked Michael out of killing himself over the child molestation claims.
Jermaine Jackson Claims Michael Was Mistreated In Custody
December 12, 2003 – Jermaine told MSNBC in an interview broadcast Thursday that his brother Michael Jackson has proof that “he was very much mistreated” while in custody on child molestation charges. He declined to give specifics, saying only, “The pictures will show you everything.” Chris Pappas, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said the singer was treated “with courtesy and professionalism throughout the process,” and no complaint had been filed.
Accuser ‘Coached’ Into Clearing Michael Jackson
December 11, 2003 – The Sun reports Michael’s assistants intimidated his accuser into saying the singer had not abused him, social workers claimed Thursday. “To say there was intimidation going on is an understatement,” a source said. Investigators also revealed yesterday that they are suspicious of a video on which the accuser and his mother said Jackson had not molested the child. Police insiders say a member of Jacko’s staff can be heard off camera coaching the pair.