An arrest warrant is issued for Michael Jackson

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Rumors had swirled around Michael Jackson since the first public allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor child were aired amidst a 1993 civil lawsuit that was eventually settled out of court. A decade later, on November 19, 2003, an embattled Jackson prepared to face criminal charges of a similar nature when a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of child molestation. Though he would be acquitted two years later of each criminal count on which he was eventually tried, the erstwhile King of Pop suffered many blows to his already damaged reputation and finances while facing the charges filed on November 19, 2003.

In fact, this day in 2003 was the second bad November 19th in a row for Michael Jackson, who had been caught on camera dangling his infant son from a hotel balcony in Berlin, Germany, exactly one year earlier. And that incident was only the most recent occurrence to have helped transform Jackson’s image from that of a beloved pop idol to that of a tabloid curiosity.

It was in this environment that a British television crew led by reporter Martin Bashir secured Jackson’s cooperation in the production of a documentary called Living With Michael Jackson, a film the ended up leaving Jackson feeling “devastated and utterly betrayed,” according to a statement he released after its initial airing. Living With Michael Jackson included interview footage in which Jackson discussed having had children sleep in his bed with him during their visits to his now-infamous Neverland Ranch. It was this footage that led directly to Jackson’s arrest on this day in 2003 after the mother of one of his alleged victims—a 13-year-old cancer patient at the time of the alleged incidents—filed a criminal complaint in Santa Barbara County.

More than a year later, the case of The People of the State of California v. Michael Joseph Jackson went to trial, with Jackson facing four counts each of molesting a minor and intoxicating a minor, one count of abduction and one count of conspiracy to hold his alleged victim and the victim’s parent’s hostage at Neverland Ranch. On June 13, 2005, however, Jackson was acquitted on all 10 counts.

Shortly after his trial, Jackson announced his intention to leave the United States and settle permanently in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. He would return to the U.S. in late 2006 however, though not to Neverland Ranch, which Jackson lost sole ownership of amid the financial struggles that dogged him up until his death in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009.

Jackson was the subject of a a 2019 HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, which reignited credible allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct.

READ MORE: The Final Days of Michael Jackson

The 2005 Allegations

On November 18, 2003 an arrest warrant was issued for Michael Jackson based on a 13-year-old boy Gavin Arvizo’s allegations that Jackson had sexually molested him in February-March, 2003. The case resulted in a criminal trial in 2005 where Jackson was found not guilty on all counts. Here you can find the timeline that outlines the main events that took place between 2000, when Jackson first met his later accuser, and the 2005 acquittal. While you go along with the timeline you will find links to longer articles. Alternatively you may read the articles in this chronological order of the events.

In any case, these articles explain the events listed in the timeline in-depth and they are essential for understanding the case.

June 2000 – A then 10-year-old boy Gavin Arvizo becomes ill with a rare type of cancer. His doctors remove one of his kidneys and spleen and begin chemotherapy. While at the hospital Gavin asks comedian Jamie Masada, who regularly visits him and whom he knows from the Laugh Factory where he attended comedy classes before his illness, to help him meet certain celebrities and one day he asks to meet Michael Jackson. Masada testified at Jackson’s trial in 2005 that he did not personally know Michael Jackson, but he managed to contact his people and tell them about Gavin’s request. Jackson called the boy in the hospital and they talked for about five minutes, according to Gavin’s testimony in 2005. During the conversation Jackson invited Gavin and his family to his Neverland Ranch. According to Gavin’s 2005 testimony Jackson called him about 20 other times during his illness – sometimes in the hospital, sometimes in his grandmother’s home where Gavin lived at the time in a sterile room.

August 2000 – The Arvizos meet Michael Jackson in person for the first time when after the first round of Gavin’s chemotherapy the Arvizo family visits Neverland. The family at the time consisted of Gavin, his older sister Davellin, his one year younger brother Star, their mother Janet Arvizo and their father David Arvizo.

On that first visit Gavin and Star ask to sleep in Jackson’s bedroom. This is the night that is referenced in the 2003 Martin Bashir documentary entitled Living with Michael Jackson that caused big public uproar, even though both Gavin and Jackson made it clear that while the kids slept on the bed, Jackson slept on the floor. What is not mentioned in the documentary is the fact that not only Jackson did not sleep in the same bed as Gavin and Star, but he also insisted on his personal assistant Frank Cascio to sleep in the room as well. The Arvizos do not claim molestation occurring that night. For details see the chapter An introduction of the Arvizo family and how their relationship with Michael Jackson started.

August 2000 – September 2002 – After the first personal encounter with the Arvizos in August 2000 there is not much contact between Gavin and Jackson until the shooting of the Martin Bashir documentary about two years later in September 2002. According to Gavin’s own testimony they were allowed to go to Neverland and they did at least 7-10 times during that period, but most of the time Jackson was not there and when he was, he actively avoided them. While Jackson personally kept his distance from the Arvizo family, but he still did things to help them. In October 2000 he gave the family a white van as a gift. He also allowed the Arvizos to use Neverland for a blood drive for Gavin and all his employees donated blood. For details see the chapter An introduction of the Arvizo family and how their relationship with Michael Jackson started.

May 2001 – Gavin’s father and mother David and Janet Arvizo separate – according to Janet Arvizo’s 2005 testimony because David physically abused her and the children.

The Summer of 2001 – Both the laptop and the van Jackson had given the Arvizos the previous year break down and the family sends them back to Jackson to have them repaired. According to the Arvizos they never see any of the items again.

September 24, 2001 – The Arvizo family reaches an out of court settlement with the J. C. Penney department store. The subject of the case is an allegation by the Arvizo family that in 1998 J.C. Penney guards beat up Janet, David, Gavin and Star Arvizo in a parking lot and they sexually abused Janet Arvizo. The guards followed the family in the parking lot because Gavin was caught stealing two school uniforms and two school uniform pants. The Arvizos then managed to turn it around into a physical and sexual abuse lawsuit against the J. C. Penney guards. At Jackson’s 2005 trial evidence and testimony showed that the family lied under oath in depositions in that case.

The Spring of 2002 – The Arvizos spend a few days at Neverland with the actor Chris Tucker to celebrate the birthday of latter’s infant son. Jackson is not present.

September, 2002 – British journalist and television host Martin Bashir works on a documentary with Michael Jackson entitled Living with Michael Jackson. During the creation of that documentary Bashir suggested to Jackson that in the film he could show the public how the singer helped children with serious illnesses. As one of the possible options Jackson invites the Arvizo children to Neverland who then appear in the documentary. Bashir exploits Jackson’s poor judgement in public relations and portrays the relationship between Jackson and the boy in a false, misleading, manipulative way – a fact that even Gavin admitted in his testimony in 2005. After the shooting of the scene the Arvizo children stayed at the ranch for one night, but Jackson immediately left after the segment and he was again unavailable to Gavin. For details see the chapter entitled Martin Bashir’s documentary, “Living with Michael Jackson”.

February 3 & 6, 2003 – Martin Bashir’s Living with Michael Jackson documentary airs in the United Kingdom (February 3) and then in the USA (February 6).

February 5-6, 2003 – Trying to fight the negative publicity resulting from the Bashir documentary Jackson’s team decides to hold a press conference with the Arvizo family in Miami on February 5 or 6, 2003. The press conference eventually is called off, but the Arvizos do travel to Miami with actor Chris Tucker to participate in it in support of Jackson. Jackson and the Arvizos then return to Neverland on February 7-8. The family remains there, on and off, until March 12. For details see the chapters entitled The fallout resulting from the Bashir documentary and damage control by Jackson’s PR team.

February 7-March 12, 2003 – According to the Arvizos’ initial timeline and story during this period they were kept captive at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. However, evidence and testimonies show that during their alleged captivity the Arvizos went shopping several times, visited a lawyer, talked to Child Protective Services because of the Martin Bashir documentary and appeared in a Court regarding a child support debate with Janet Arvizo’s former husband, yet they never reported to authorities that they were allegedly being kidnapped and held against their will at Neverland. For details read the chapter entitled The Conspiracy Charge.

Initially the Arvizos claimed that the molestation of Gavin by Jackson started as soon as they returned from Miami on February 7, 2003. However, after the emergence of evidence that made this claim hard to defend, this timeline changed and in the final version of their story the Arvizos claimed that the alleged molestations started after February 20, 2003. This was not just a minor correction, but it significantly changed the initial narrative of the Arvizos’ story. For details read the chapter entitled The crucial period: February 7-March 12, 2003.

March 24, 2003 – Janet Arvizo formally hires civil attorney William Dickerman. Dickerman begins writing letters to Jackson’s attorney Mark Geragos on her behalf demanding the return of furniture, clothes, documents and various other items which were put in a storage locker after the Arvizos moved out of their Los Angeles apartment on March 1-2. There were numerous back and forth letters between the two attorneys about the issue of where and how the Arvizos would take possession of their belongings and who would pay the outstanding bill of the storage locker. In his letters Dickerman also claimed that Jackson’s people harrassed and followed around the Arvizo family after they left Neverland. However, nowhere in his letters were there any claims of child molestation, claims of false imprisonment or claims of providing alcohol to a minor. For details read the chapter entitled Lawyers being hired and the formation of the allegations.

May, 2003 – William Dickerman refers the Arvizos to another civil lawyer Larry Feldman, the same civil attorney who negotiated the $15 million settlement for the Chandlers in 1993-94. According to the Arvizos’ later story at this time Gavin had not yet disclosed his alleged abuse to anyone, including his mother or Dickerman, so at this time there were no such allegations yet. Feldman and Dickerman enter into a fee-sharing agreement with each other. For details read the chapter entitled Lawyers being hired and the formation of the allegations.

June, 2003 – Larry Feldman sends Gavin to a psychologist Dr. Stanley Katz. Katz was involved in the highly controversial McMartin case and also was the psychologist who evaluated Jackson’s 1993 accuser Jordan Chandler. This is all before Gavin made allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson. According to the Arvizos’ story Gavin first made his allegations to Dr. Katz. According to Larry Feldman’s testimony in 2005 he then disclosed Katz’s findings to Gavin’s mother Janet Arvizo. This contradicts the three other versions that the accusing side made about how Janet Arvizo supposedly found out about the alleged abuse of her son. For details read the chapters entitled Lawyers being hired and the formation of the allegations and The Changing Content of the Allegations and Contradictions.

June 13, 2003 – Larry Feldman reports Gavin’s allegations to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.

July-September, 2003 – Investigators conduct several interviews with Gavin, Star, Davellin and Janet Arvizo. These interviews contain several contradictions with each other, as well as with the later versions of the Arvizos’ story. For details read the chapter entitled The Changing Content of the Allegations and Contradictions.

Please also see our article entitled General credibility problems with the Arvizo family for a general assessment and history of the Arvizo family.

November 18, 2003 – An arrest warrant is issued for Michael Jackson based on Gavin Arvizo’s allegations. Jackson at the time was in Las Vegas, but at the news of his arrest he returned to California and turned himself in. He was then released on a 3 million dollar bail. The same day, in Jackson’s absence, 70 sheriffs raided his home, the Neverland Ranch, to carry out a search warrant.

March-April, 2004 – A Grand Jury hears the prosecution’s side of the story (without the defense being present and without the prosecution’s witnesses being cross-examined) and indicts Jackson on April 21, 2004. The prosecution brought fourteen charges altogether: a conspiracy charge, four counts of lewd act upon a child (two claimed by the accuser, two allegedly witnessed by his brother), one attempt at committing a lewd act upon a child, four counts of administering alcohol to assist in the commission of a felony and four misdemeanor charges as the lesser offence of supplying alcohol to the accuser without the intention of molesting him.

February 28-June 3, 2005 – Jackson’s criminal trial.

June 13, 2005 – The Jury returns an unanimous Not Guilty verdict on all fourteen charges.

Arrest warrant issued for Michael Jackson

Santa Barbara police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Michael Jackson on child molestation charges, authorities tell The warrant comes after some 70 Santa Barbara County investigators spent the day at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch on Tuesday, armed with a search warrant. Jackson and his three kids weren’t present they’ve been in Las Vegas for three weeks, Jackson spokesman Stuart Backerman told the press.

Reports from Court TV and the syndicated show �lebrity Justice” said that the probe was prompted by the accusation of a 12-year-old boy who visited Neverland in recent months. The charge comes a decade after Jackson settled a multimillion-dollar law suit out of court over similar allegations made by a then 13-year-old boy no criminal charges were filed in that case, and Jackson denied any wrongdoing.

Still, the 1993 charges derailed the singer’s career, and he apparently fears that the new charges may do the same. Noting that the raid took place on the same day he released his ”Number Ones” CD, Jackson spoke out, in a statement via Backerman, against the ”rogues’ gallery of hucksters and inside sources” making the allegations. ”These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released,” said Jackson.

According to Beckerman, Jackson has been in Las Vegas to shoot the video for the album’s single, ”One More Chance,” a collaboration with R. Kelly. (The ironies are too thick to count.) Jackson was scheduled to perform the song next week on a CBS special, consisting mostly of old concert footage, that the network had put together for November ratings sweeps month, but the New York Post reports that CBS may pull the show in the wake of the current controversy. (CBS would say only that it declined to ”speculate” on whether it would yank the show, the Post reports.) Meanwhile, Santa Barbara police have scheduled a press conference on the charges for Wednesday afternoon.

Arrest warrant issued for man in Confederate monument theft

Police in Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection with the bizarre theft of a Confederate monument that was taken from an Alabama cemetery and found in Louisiana.

Selma police charged Jason Warnick with theft in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the chair-shaped monument, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Monday.

Warnick was already facing charges of possession of stolen property after police said the monument ended up in his New Orleans tattoo shop.

An attorney for Warnick said he denied being involved with the theft, which sparked national news stories before the monument was recovered.

Selma police charged Jason Warnick with theft in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the chair-shaped monument. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

“This knowledge is very new, but we are in contact with the Selma Police Department and will be making plans over the next few days,” attorney Michael Kennedy wrote in an email. “That being said, Mr. Warnick categorically denies any involvement with the theft of this memorial art installation and intends to defend himself and his reputation vigorously.”

Warnick and two other people were previously charged with possession of the chair after it went missing.

The strange saga began March 20 when a representative of the United Daughters of the Confederacy reported to police that the “Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair” had gone missing from Live Oak Cemetery, located in a riverside city known worldwide for its links to the civil rights movement.

The chair has no direct connection to Davis, the president of the Confederacy, but it was a monument to him located near other rebel monuments in a private section of the city-owned cemetery.

A chair carved out of limestone honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis was stolen from Confederate Memorial Circle, a private section of Live Oak Cemetery, Tuesday, April 13, 2020, in Selma, Ala. (Kim Chandler/Associated Press)

Someone sent an email signed “White Lies Matter” to news outlets claiming responsibility and saying the chair would be returned only if the United Daughters of the Confederacy agreed to display a banner at their Virginia headquarters bearing a quote from a Black Liberation Army activist.

A later email included photos of someone wearing Union soldier garb posing on a chair that looked like the missing one but with a hole cut out of the seat. A final email said those photos were fake and the real chair was being returned unscathed.

The chair-shaped monument, which the United Daughters of the Confederacy valued at $500,000, was recovered in New Orleans.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Michael Jackson, Police Say

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson on multiple counts of molesting a child and asked the pop superstar to turn in his passport and surrender, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

"At this point in time, Mr. Jackson has been given an opportunity to surrender himself to the custody of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department within a specified period of time," Sheriff Jim Anderson told a news conference. "We are currently working with Mr. Jackson's legal representation on this matter.

"I believe he's willing to cooperate with us."

Bail for Jackson would be set at $3 million, Anderson said.

District Attorney Thomas W. Sneddon Jr. said he wouldn't release details about the alleged crimes except to say that there was only one victim and that the victim was cooperating.

The arrest warrant Sneddon discussed Wednesday was for violation of a California law that prohibits lewd or lascivious acts with a child under age 14. A conviction carries three to eight years in prison.

Sneddon said an affidavit outlining details of the case will be sealed for 45 days. He would not say how many charges Jackson would face.

As many as 70 law enforcement officials served a search warrant at Jackson's Neverland Ranch on Tuesday and searched for evidence for more than 12 hours. The $12.3 million Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley has a mansion, its own zoo and amusement park, and has often been the site of children's parties.

Search warrants also were served for two other locations in Southern California, Anderson said. He did not disclose the other two locations.

Earlier Wednesday, a spokesman for Jackson, Stuart Backerman, told The Associated Press that he was consulting with attorneys and planned to issue a statement later in the day.

He declined further comment, saying neither he nor Jackson knew the details of the investigation.

Jackson, who reportedly was in Las Vegas when the search warrant was served, denounced media coverage in a statement earlier released to The Associated Press by Backerman.

"I've seen lawyers who don't represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with dreadful allegations just as another project, an album, a video is being released," the Jackson statement said, referring to Tuesday's release of a greatest hits album, "Number Ones."

The Jackson family was aware of the arrest warrant, said Steve Manning, a family spokesman.

"It's very unfortunate. They feel very bad about it, but they support him wholeheartedly," Manning said.

In a television documentary broadcast on ABC earlier this year, Jackson said he had slept in a bed with many children. "When you say bed you're thinking sexual," the singer said during the interview. "It's not sexual, we're going to sleep. I tuck them in. . It's very charming, it's very sweet."

Jackson caused an international uproar last year when he displayed his baby, Prince Michael II, to fans by dangling him briefly from a fourth-floor balcony in Germany. Jackson called the incident a "terrible mistake," and Berlin authorities said the actions were not punishable.

The singer had international hits with the albums "Thriller" (1982), "Bad" (1987) and "Dangerous" (1991) saw his career begin to collapse after the 1993 allegations.

His last studio album, "Invincible," sold about 2 million copies in the United States -- great for most artists, especially veteran stars, but only so-so for the man who bills himself as the King of Pop.

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Arrest warrant issued for Jacko

An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Jackson over new allegations of child abuse.

US police were reported to have been ready to handcuff the singer and take him into custody when they raided his Neverland Ranch in California.

According to TV reports, they were unable to serve the warrant because Jackson and his three children were in Las Vegas.

Police and agents are expected to spend a second day at the estate, investigating claims of child molestation, believed to involve a boy of 12 or 13.

After arriving with a search warrant yesterday, more than 60 officers from the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department spent the day gathering evidence for what was described as "an ongoing criminal investigation".

Police remain tight-lipped about the allegations which were made in a sealed court affidavit. They arrived in a caravan of vehicles including an ambulance, mobile crime laboratory and a portable

The investigation is headed by district attorney Thomas Sneedon, who examined earlier claims of child abuse by Jackson in 1993.

Although Jackson avoided prosecution, he later made a multi-million-dollar outofcourt settlement to 14-year-old Jordy Chandler who claimed he had been molested by the singer during sleepovers at the mansion.

The two cases are said to be unrelated, although police say the first case still remains open. One report said the boy in the latest allegations had been talking to prosecutors for several weeks and may also have tried to reach a settlement.

Police say they will hold a press conference later today. Jackson was staying at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas at the time of the raid, recording a video. His new greatest hits CD, Number Ones, was released yesterday.

Jackson's attorney Brian Oxman confirmed: "The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department did issue an arrest warrant. They will be working through myself to negotiate a surrender."

In a rambling statement released by the lawyer, Jackson, 45, said: "I've seen lawyers who do not represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released."

He promised to cooperate with the investigation.

His friend, Uri Geller, said he was "very concerned" about the singer, adding: "He is very gullible and he is naive. I believe he is innocent."

Michael Jackson Wanted On Multiple Counts Of Child Molestation

District attorney says case not motivated by money, as no civil suit filed in conjunction with criminal complaint.

After executing a search warrant at Neverland Ranch, officials in Santa Barbara, California, have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson on multiple counts of child molestation, setting his bail at $3 million.

At a press conference held Wednesday (November 19), Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon announced that Jackson was wanted under California Penal Code 288a: molestation of a child. Jackson was in communication with legal authorities, Sneddon said, to turn himself in. At that time, he will be required to surrender his passport. Jackson was last spotted Tuesday in Las Vegas, and CNN reports that he intends to surrender Thursday morning, according to a source close to the case.

Sneddon wouldn't specify who the victim was, how many counts Jackson faces, or whether there's the possibility of multiple victims, nor would he provide specifics of the case or a timeline of the investigation. However, he did reveal that more than one search warrant had been executed Tuesday (see "New Allegations Spark Search Of Jackson's Neverland Ranch"), and that two other locations in Southern California had been searched in addition to Jackson's residence at Neverland in Los Olivos. He would not specify if they were residences or businesses, nor would he detail what police found or were looking for.

A previous criminal investigation in 1993 had not been completed because at the time the victim had also filed a civil suit, which, once it was settled, affected the victim's willingness to continue cooperating with authorities, according to Sneddon. However, because of that case, the law has since been changed, Sneddon said. No longer do authorities need minor victims to be willing to testify victims can now be compelled to testify should the prosecution require it. In this current case against Jackson, Sneddon said, the victim was willing to cooperate and had already signed an affidavit to that effect. That affidavit has been sealed for 45 days.

Also, Sneddon pointed out, this case was not motivated by money, as there was no civil suit filed in conjunction with the criminal complaint, as had been the case in 1993.

Jackson spokesperson Stuart Backerman released a statement on Wednesday, saying, "The outrageous allegations against Michael Jackson are false. Michael would never harm a child in any way. These scurrilous and totally unfounded allegations will be proven false in a courtroom. . Michael, through his attorneys, led by Mark Geragos, has already made arrangements with the district attorney to return to Santa Barbara to immediately confront and prove these charges unfounded."

Despite Jackson's assertion on Tuesday that the timing of the search was suspect, since it happened the same day that his Number Ones hits compilation dropped, Sneddon said Jackson's music career wasn't a factor.

Sneddon also said the Department of Child Protective Services was not participating in his and the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department's ongoing criminal investigation and that it's not yet known how this investigation will affect the custody of Jackson's own children.

Jackson's attorney did not immediately return calls for comment.

Meanwhile, CBS announced on Wednesday that it is postponing its "Michael Jackson Number Ones" special, which was to air November 26. On Tuesday, "The Michael Jackson Story," which looks at the singer's career via his music, videos and live performances, was pulled from a U.K. television channel.

[This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET on 11.19.2003]

For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."

Judge threatened Michael Jackson with jail

An angry Judge Rodney S. Melville threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of world famous pop singer Michael Jackson if he failed to appear at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California Thursday Jan. 10, 2005. Jackson is under indictment there on seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. Jackson, held briefly under the threat of jail by authorities on Nov. 20, 2003 when charges brought against him were formalized, gained his freedom later that day by posting a $3 million bail.

Judge Melville, apparently frustrated with Jackson who had in two earlier instances caused delays in his court room, issued the warrant just 5 minutes after noting the singer’s conspicuous absence at the scheduled 8:30 a.m. proceedings. Jackson's defense lawyer, Tom Mersereau Jr., advised the judge that Jackson awoke earlier that morning with severe back pain and was under treatment at an area hospital at the time. The judge moved to give the celebrity one hour to appear or face arrest for contempt of court.

As word of the warrant threat traveled to the large news presence gathered outside, a media countdown began. During the countdown, live televised reports recounted how Jackson had arrived for court 20 minutes late on his own arraignment for these charges, only to be met by a stern lecture from Judge Melville for that transgression. There was also another occasion where Jackson, while recovering from flu symptoms, delayed the trial's jury selection for a week until he was well enough to return. The glaringly clear message sent by the judge was: bad back or not, Jackson was to appear in court! And fast! Only the televised scene of Jackson's expectant defense lawyer Mersereau with his assistant Susan Yu, both busy on cells phones while tensely waiting curbside beside the court house for the Jackson motorcade, seemed to undermine a feeling that Jackson would make it in time to avoid having his bail revoked.

As the deadline came and passed without Jackson’s arrival, live reports were busy with speculation on the superstar persona of Michael Jackson then taking on newer aspects of super-bizarre. But Jackson’s flair for tardiness showed itself with an arrival that was a mere 3 minutes after the judge was being forced to make good on his threat. Dressed in a blue blazer over a light weight undershirt, the star's recent departure from the hospital was evident by the pajama bottom pants and open-heeled bedroom slippers he wore into the court room.

Jackson had the assistance of his father and a body guard at each side to keep him steady as he gingerly walked into the Santa Maria court house. He listed slightly to the right and kept a fixed, distant face that was surrounded by uncombed strands of his long hair. The summons issued by the judge forced Jackson from his hospital bed to show the world he was not above the law.

In private chambers, Judge Melville met with both the prosecution lawyer, Tom Sneddon, and Jackson’s defense lawyer to verify the defendant’s claims of back pain. After re-taking the bench in the court room, the judge announced to the jury they would proceed with the docket as planned. Mr. Jackson narrowly escaped prison, and the trial would continue where it left off on the previous day with direct testimony from the now 15 year old boy who accuses him.

Arrest warrant for Jackson on child abuse charges

Michael Jackson faced multiple charges of child molestation yesterday in the wake of a raid on his ranch in California. The singer has been accused of "lewd and lascivious" behaviour with a child under the age of 14.

Lawyers were last night negotiating with the Santa Barbara sheriff's department for the singer, who has been in Las Vegas for the past three weeks, to hand himself over. Bail was to be set at $3m (£1.76m) and Jackson was required to surrender his passport after the arrest warrant was issued.

In a statement, Jackson's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, said last night: "The outrageous allegations. are false. Michael would never harm a child in any way. These scurrilous and totally unfounded allegations will be proven false in a courtroom. Naturally, the implications are distressing to everyone who hears them." He added that the singer was returning to Santa Barbara to "immediately confront and prove these charges unfounded".

Jackson has hired a well-known defence lawyer, Mark Geragos, who represented Winona Ryder on shoplifting charges last year.

If convicted, he could face up to eight years in jail on each charge. Jackson has denied any wrongdoing and claimed the investigation was part of a vendetta against him.

The search of his Neverland estate in Santa Barbara started on Tuesday and continued last night. It was apparently centred on computers and videos at the 2,600-acre estate.

The singer was the subject of a similar investigation in 1993, when allegations were made by a 12-year-old boy and his parents. No charges were brought after the boy declined to give evidence and an estimated $12m settlement was reached with his family.

Yesterday the Santa Barbara district attorney, Tom Sneddon, who also oversaw that investigation a decade ago, said this case was different because the child had been cooperative. He told a press conference that "a lot of apologists for Jackson say it's deja vu, another rip-off by a family".

Cracking jokes with the assembled journalists, Mr Sneddon said there had been suggestions that Jackson had "bought himself out" of the previous case. He also asked for other alleged victims to come forward.

In his statement, Mr Backerman condemned "the levity of the environment surrounding the announcement of these very serious charges".

The current investigation was sparked by claims made by the boy to a therapist about events at the Neverland ranch. His parents were then advised to contact the Santa Barbara authorities, who have been investigating for the past two months.

There is a history of enmity between Jackson and Mr Sneddon, who is believed to be the subject of a song, DS, by Jackson, in which the singer apparently celebrates the fact that the previous criminal case did not proceed against him.

This time round Jackson's lawyers contacted the Santa Barbara authorities after hearing about the raid, indicating that they would cooperate with the inquiry and make arrangements for the singer to talk to investigators.

"This was a surprise, not only to me, but to everyone," said a Jackson family lawyer, Brian Oxman.

Mr Oxman said of the Jackson family in a television interview: "It is very upsetting to them. They are just really very shocked by this entire incident and they go, 'Here we go again. Michael is just a sitting target for people to take pot shots at him'."

For the past three weeks Jackson has been in Las Vegas with his three children and his entourage. He was due to be recording in a studio yesterday, and a group of supporters gathered outside carrying "We love you, Michael" signs.

On Tuesday, his new single was released along with a collection of his hits, entitled Number Ones. The CBS television network cancelled a special retrospective of the singer scheduled next week, due to the "gravity" of the charges.

Jackson has always denied allegations of child abuse made against him. At the time of the 1993 claims he appeared on television to make a tearful denial in which he referred to the claims as "disgusting".

In the course of the two documentaries made about him earlier this year, he said: "I have never and would never harm a child." His ranch has been the site of many parties for children.

Earlier this year his fitness as a father was questioned after he was seen holding the youngest of his children from the window of a hotel in Germany.

No charge was brought but the singer admitted it had been "a terrible mistake" to hold the baby over the balcony.

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    a year old at the thought))

  4. Freddie

    The highest number of points is achieved. I think this is a very different concept. Fully agree with her.

  5. Vizshura

    Yeah ... Here, as people used to say: they teach the ABC - they shout in the whole hut :)

  6. Walter

    There is something in this and the idea is excellent, I support it.

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