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Monday, December 05, 2005

48 Hours (CBS)


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: An arrest warrant for Mr. Jackson has been issued on multiple counts of child molestation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This involves sex with kids. I mean, it doesn`t get worse than this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And within a very short period of time there will be charges filed against Mr. Jackson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s not overstating it to say this is the fight of Michael Jackson`s life, because if he loses this trial, you know, Michael Jackson`s going to jail. I mean, Michael cannot survive in prison.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m J. Randy Tarraborelli, Michael Jackson biographer. There is nobody like Michael Jackson on the planet.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We kind of all remember Michael Jackson as a young boy. We remember where we were when we first saw him do the moonwalk. We have loved Michael Jackson, and we have also been very critical of him for decades. And so, because he`s so mysterious and he`s so enigmatic, he is this great story.

MICHAEL JACKSON, SINGER: Why can`t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I sat there with the rest of the world and watched the Martin Bashir interview, and I saw Michael holding hands with that young boy. And I knew at that moment in time that there was trouble ahead.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s crunch time for Michael Jackson in his child sex abuse case.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Mesereau, are you...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tom Mesereau is amazing. He`s tough and he`s firm, and he`s, you know, kind of a city lawyer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have seen people facing ruin in their profession and in their personal lives because of false charges.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Then you`ve got Tom Sneddon, who is small-town, very aggressive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We handle cases like this all the time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s a dog, man. And he really wants this bone that is Michael Jackson`s life.

M. JACKSON: Sometimes I get so angry I cry, and sometimes I get so sad I cry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My son would never hurt a child. He loves children too much.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If he is not a pedophile, it`s time to prove it.

And I think that many of us are sitting on the edge of our seats wondering how this is going to turn out, what`s going to happen next.

ANNOUNCER: Michael Jackson, "Critical Stage," tonight`s 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

(END VIDEO CLIP) ANNOUNCER: The mystery continues in 90 seconds.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) TROY ROBERTS, CBS CORRESPONDENT (voice over): He could be any ordinary American teenager, but the boy seen in this exclusive video is anything but ordinary. He`s the young man described in court documents only as John Doe, accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation. And starting Monday, he`ll be at the center of the world`s most sensational celebrity trial.

(on camera): Jackson faces 10 criminal counts, including child molestation and conspiracy. Prosecutors have been building the case in unprecedented secrecy. But in recent weeks, documents under seal have been leaked. And tonight, you`ll hear the details of what Jackson will likely face in court and how his lawyers intend to fight back.

TOM SNEDDON, DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for coming to Santa Barbara.

ROBERTS (voice over): District Attorney Tom Sneddon has been largely silent since November 2003, when he filed charges against Jackson in Santa Barbara, California. But it`s clear that the success of Sneddon`s case rests in largely on how his 15-year-old star witness holds up on the stand.

In this video, the young man seems fit and confident. On the stand, he`ll need that confidence to testify about a much darker time.

Back in 2000, the accuser was 10 years old and dying of cancer. He wanted to meet his favorite celebrities, including Michael Jackson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I tried to do something that I think is good and helped the kid. That`s what I was thinking of.

ROBERTS: Jamie Masada (ph), owner of the Laugh Factory comedy club, helped arrange the introduction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The next thing I know Michael called him in the hospital.

ROBERTS: Their relationship grew as the boy made a remarkable recovery. Soon he and his family were invited to Neverland, Jackson`s sprawling ranch complete with an amusement park and zoo. Then, it happened.

M. JACKSON: Why can`t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone, you know?



ROBERTS: In February, 2003, the accuser was seen holding hands with Jackson in this now-infamous British documentary.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I asked him if I could stay in his bedroom, and he let me sleep in the bedroom.

ROBERTS: In the firestorm that followed, Jackson`s friendship with the family fell to pieces. By summertime, the police had gotten involved.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His favorite color was Michael`s favorite color.

You know, just different little things. Everything that (EXPLETIVE DELETED) liked, he liked.

ROBERTS: The accuser`s mother is seen here speaking to the Santa Barbara Sheriff`s Department in July of 2003.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They had the ability to make my kids disappear.

ROBERTS: By now, the boy was telling police the story the D.A. will present to the jury -- that Jackson molested him while they were together in the singer`s bedroom. His claims will be backed up by his younger brother, who says he saw Jackson molesting the accuser from an adjoining staircase.

BILL BASTONE, EDITOR, THESMOKINGGUN.COM: The little brother, to me, is actually fascinating.

ROBERTS: Bill Bastone is the editor of He has reviewed transcripts of police interviews and grand jury testimony in the case.

BASTONE: He seems to have the ability to recall details of things that take place, you know, almost three years prior to his first police interview.

ROBERTS: The boys say Jackson plied them with alcohol, and their account was credible enough for the grand jury to couple each of the four molestation charges with a charge of administering an intoxicating agent to a minor.

BASTONE: They`re quoting brands of booze, you know, Skye Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey.

ROBERTS: Sneddon will also try to boost the boys` credibility with evidence seized during the searches of Neverland.

SNEDDON: And we were authorized by the court to go in and video inside and out.

BASTONE: They found things. They scored some excellent material.

ROBERTS: That material probably can`t convict Jackson on its own, but it confirms salient details of the boys` stories. For example, investigators reportedly found a briefcase full of pornography.

BASTONE: It`s no crime to own it. The fact is that the kids said it was there, and they found it where they said it was supposed to be.


ROBERTS: Jackson`s lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, has been worried enough about all of the evidence to try to have much of it thrown out.

LAURIE LEVINSON, FMR. FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: Frankly, the defense has filed many pretrial motions to try to keep out evidence, but they haven`t been winning them.

ROBERTS: Laurie Levinson is a former federal prosecutor and a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

LEVINSON: I think the prosecutors are loading for bear. Mr. Sneddon has left no stone unturned. And in that way, he`s gone after everything.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Mesereau, are you ready to grill Tom Sneddon?

ROBERTS: Tom Mesereau is barred by the court from speaking specifically about the Jackson case.

TOM MESEREAU, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Judge Melville has a gag order, and I respect it. And I`m not going to violate it.

ROBERTS: But his confidante and occasional co-counsel, Jennifer Keller, is not.

(on camera): From what I understand, this young man`s story is rich in detail, rich in fact, and it`s consistent. Doesn`t that trouble you?

JENNIFER KELLER, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: No, it doesn`t trouble me a bit.

Children are malleable. They want to please. They in particular want to please their mothers.

ROBERTS (voice over): From the start, Jackson`s team has portrayed the accuser`s mother as a scheming extortionist with a litigious past.

They point to her allegations of abuse by security guards at a JC Penney`s in 1998, which resulted in a six-figure settlement and questionable community fund-raising for her son`s cancer treatment, which was reportedly already covered by the family`s insurance already.

KELLER: And the motivations seem pretty clear: money, money, money, money, money. She`s made allegations in the past to get money. It`s worked. And she`s making allegations now to get money.

ROBERTS (on camera): This case involves a young accuser, a boy who is accusing Michael Jackson of molesting him repeatedly. And you`re telling me that Michael Jackson is the victim.

KELLER: Well, there have been many young children in this country, boys and girls, who have accused people of doing things they haven`t done.

The accusation doesn`t make it so.

ROBERTS (voice over): The mother`s potential weakness as a witness could make it harder for Sneddon to convict on the indictment`s most curious charge: conspiracy.

LEVINSON: And what it says is that basically Michael Jackson and his employees were extorting this family, were holding them captive.

ROBERTS: The prosecution will argue that after the British documentary aired, the Jackson camp panicked. They allegedly held the family at Neverland, forcing the boy to deny any wrongdoing on videotape, and concocting a plan to move them all quickly to Brazil.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They wouldn`t tell me the city, but they told me that it had to be away from any hotels and a place where there were no Americans.

ROBERTS: But the mother herself admits that during her so-called imprisonment at Neverland, she and the kids came and went repeatedly, and she never bothered to call the police.

KELLER: That`s a red flag about the size of the state of Texas.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We love you, Michael!

ROBERTS: One more question hangs over the entire case: Will the prosecution be able to call other boys who will come forward and declare they, too, were molested by Jackson?

LEVINSON: That would be the huge fear for the Michael Jackson team.

ROBERTS: There are two young men who accepted multimillion-dollar settlements from Jackson in the 1990s. Foremost among them is this boy, now 25.

BASTONE: That kind of casts the events of 2003 in an entirely different light.

ROBERTS: That boy`s allegations sparked Tom Sneddon`s first investigation in 1993, which was derailed when the child`s family pocketed a reported $20 million in hush money.

(on camera): Some people may say, though, that if the prosecution can establish a pattern of behavior, that that`s a slam dunk, that could sink the defendant.

MESEREAU: Well, I don`t think that`s true at all. And I`ve been in cases where the prosecution tried that and lost, and they lost big.

ROBERTS (voice over): Speaking in general terms, Jackson`s attorney, Tom Mesereau, says he`s not worried when prosecutors try to bring in other alleged victims.

MESEREAU: Because sometimes what the prosecution thinks is similar behavior has no merit. Sometimes the witnesses fall apart like they will in any other part of the case.

ROBERTS: Mesereau also has no qualms about cross-examining younger witnesses, and he`s reportedly subpoenaed Neverland employees to help portray the accuser as a wild and unruly child.

MESEREAU: I don`t see any real difference between how a lawyer handles a witness of any age.

ROBERTS (on camera): Yes. But don`t you have to be extra careful not to appear to be overaggressive in questioning a young witness?

MESEREAU: That may be true. But then I`ve seen some young witnesses that were such liars and were so obviously there to please someone else that even the jury got upset with them.

ROBERTS (voice over): In the Jackson case, Mesereau will have at least one thing helping him to discredit the accuser: statements he and his mother made to social workers just months before they went to the police.

KELLER: Child Protective Services interviewed this child and the mother and was told nothing had ever happened. Nothing.

ROBERTS (on camera): And Mesereau will certainly seize on the most startling quirk in the prosecution`s case: the illogical timeline.

The world became aware of Jackson`s relationship with the boy when the documentary aired in Britain on February 3. But the indictment says the molestation didn`t begin until February 20, more than two weeks after the scandal erupted.

BASTONE: That`s the point at which he decides to start committing the molestations.

KELLER: It`s ridiculous. It doesn`t make sense. It`s intuitively ridiculous.

ROBERTS (voice over): It`s a strong point Mesereau could try to drive home with the ultimate gambit.

MESEREAU: I have been known to put clients on the stand much more often than most.

ROBERTS: Perhaps Michael Jackson`s best performance is still to come.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you swear that the testimony you`re about to give is the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?


(END VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: Still ahead, "The Insider`s" Pat O`Brien with the mother of Michael Jackson`s children. Will she testify against him?

And, Michael Jackson`s parents speak out. An exclusive.


Katherine is not going to say it, but I will say it. It is racism.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One, two, three, four.

HAROLD DOW, CBS CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The extraordinary rise of Michael Jackson started in the tough steel mill town of Gary, Indiana. The seventh of nine children, by age 5 he was performing with his brothers, The Jackson Five, driven by his ambitious and demanding father, Joseph.

SMOKEY ROBINSON, MOTOWN LEGEND: Michael Jackson is one of the most gifted entertainers to ever live.

DOW: Motown legend Smokey Robinson: ROBINSON: He is the entire package. He has everything. He can sing.

He`s one of the best dancers around. He`s charismatic.

DOW: The family was signed by Motown in 1968. The band had a string of No. 1 hits.

NELSON GEORGE, MUSIC CRITIC: It was four or five No. 1 records in a row when he first came out of the box, you know, "ABC," "I Want You Back," "Stop The Love You Save." I mean -- and they`re all fantastic great records, classic records, amazing performances.

DOW: Music critic Nelson George has followed Michael Jackson`s career and profiles him in his latest book.

GEORGE: He was this phenomenal child star. And there`s a whole generation of people who in the `80s came of age as record buyers who had grown with Michael Jackson as part of their popular consciousness from `69, `70, `71, `72. People grew up with him, and they had a familiarity and an affection for him.

DOW: The Jackson Five took the country by storm, playing Ed Sullivan, their albums going platinum. It was in 1979, with producer Quincy Jones at his side that Michael, now 21, really broke out. His album, "Off The Wall," rang up $37 million in sales. In 1982, it was "Thriller," which made $115 million. Nearly every single song on the album made it to No. 1.

With the hits came armloads of Grammys and truckloads of money. And he created the new world of music videos.

GEORGE: Michael was probably the first true music video artist.

Michael took the video and made it into a huge extravaganza.

DOW: Michael, now a multimillionaire, began to hone a sharp business sense, seeking out expert advice, as Paul McCartney told 48 HOURS 15 years ago.

PAUL MCCARTNEY, SINGER: We were chatting, and he just came up to me and said, "I`m going to buy your songs, you know." And I went, `Get out.

Great! A good one.` And we just carried on. And just a few weeks later, just somebody rang me up and said, "Michael Jackson has bought your songs." UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s your whole portfolio.


DOW: Essentially, Jackson now controlled the rights to most of the Beatles music, an incredibly brilliant business acquisition, which guaranteed him millions of dollars in income, basically forever.

BRETT PULLEY, SENIOR EDITOR, "FORBES": By our estimates, Michael has earned something in the neighborhood of about $500 million dollars.

DOW: Brett Pulley is a senior editor for Forbes magazine.

(on camera): We`re talking a half a billion dollars.

PULLEY: We`re talking a half a billion dollars at least that he`s earned.

DOW: But even as Jackson grew richer and more successful, his personal life got stranger: his face, his outfits, his marriage and his lifestyle. And as the media zoomed in, he began to look more like a circus sideshow than a musical superstar.

(voice over): Against this backdrop, Jackson`s record sales and popularity began to plummet.

GEORGE: It`s been going on for a while. I mean, the fall in terms of his popularity and his impact has been at least a 10-year process.

DOW: And while his income was dropping, Jackson continued to live lavishly.

PULLEY: The real issue has been spending. The big shopping sprees, the $2 million watches, the $10,000 bottles of perfume.

M. JACKSON: This one.

PULLEY: There`s plenty of anecdotal evidence that the spending has really run amok.

DOW: In this British documentary, he racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in knick-knacks and furnishings in one day.

M. JACKSON: This table. These. These. Right?


M. JACKSON: Look at these big things. Look how beautiful these are.

These, right?

DOW: Jackson has reportedly spent more than $50 million on his estate at Neverland. Amusement park and all, it costs an estimated $4 million a year to maintain.

PULLEY: The issue for Michael is how liquid is he? How much has he borrowed against Neverland, his ranch and his other real estate holdings?

We know that he`s shown this diminishing ability to sell records in recent years.

DOW (on camera): Is Michael Jackson broke?

PULLEY: I don`t think Michael Jackson is broke.

DOW (voice over): Whatever his financial status and legal problems, Michael Jackson has loyal supporters.

(on camera): Michael Jackson has some very loyal fans -- so loyal, in fact, that many will not believe the accusations, the charges or anything that is being leveled against Michael today.

GEORGE: Maybe the fans are right. Maybe Michael didn`t do any of this stuff. Maybe this kid is delusional. It`s very possible that he is being set up.

DOW: Smokey, as you know, we all grew up with Michael Jackson. We witnessed his rise. Are we witnessing his fall today?

ROBINSON: I don`t know that we are, because a lot of the stuff that`s going on now, see, I can`t imagine Michael doing the stuff that they are saying that he`s doing. The look or the demeanor of what`s going on right now is more pointing toward his guilt rather than, hey, here`s a guy who has been accused of something. And he hasn`t been proven guilty at all.

(END VIDEOTAPE) K. JACKSON: I know my son, and this is ridiculous.

ANNOUNCER: On the eve of their son` trial, Michael Jackson`s parents, in an exclusive interview.

K. JACKSON: When they took him down to jail and I saw them put handcuffs on him, that hurt worse than anything else.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANNOUNCER: We`ve got your next Saturday night all figured out.

Here`s a preview of our next 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

It happened in the Hamptons.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Hamptons is the playground for the rich and the famous.

ANNOUNCER: Wall Street tycoon, Ted Ammon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This guy was tall, dark and handsome. Women loved this guy.

ANNOUNCER: His wife, Generosa.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were in love together, best friends. They were partners.

ANNOUNCER: It was anything but happily ever after.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The divorce from hell.

ANNOUNCER: There was an affair.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He came from nowhere, is going nowhere, and then he finds Generosa.

ANNOUNCER: Then, a murder.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It looked like Ted may have been trying to get away.

ANNOUNCER: And a motive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Generosa and Danny, her new boyfriend, became the main suspects.

ANNOUNCER: Bizarre case?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was the princess and the pauper.

ANNOUNCER: You have no idea.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She told me to take her remains and go to the bar.

ANNOUNCER: "Murder in the Hamptons." UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This murder mystery has an ending you won`t believe.

ANNOUNCER: Next Saturday.

(END VIDEO CLIP) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) RICHARD SCHLESINGER, CBS CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Ever since superstar Michael shared the spotlight with the Jackson other four, there were always two more Jacksons waiting, just offstage sharing and reveling in the success of their children.

Tonight, on the eve of Michael`s trial, Katherine and Joe Jackson are holding out hope -- and holding their breath.

K. JACKSON: I can`t sleep at night. I do a lot of praying. I can`t talk too much about the case. But I know my son, and this is ridiculous.

We have a lot of wicked people out there, and they know what they`re doing.

I can`t say anything else.

SCHLESINGER: Michael Jackson`s parents sat down for an exclusive talk with international interviewer Daphne Barak. 48 HOURS obtained the rights to the interview, which was conducted recently over two days at the couple`s Las Vegas home.

DAPHNE BARAK, INTERNATIONAL INTERVIEWER: Are you scared for Michael, if things would go wrong, because he`s so vulnerable?

J. JACKSON: All I know is he`s a good kid, and he`s done right all his life. And he always treats other people right.

BARAK: Are you worried still about the outcome?

K. JACKSON: Well, quite naturally, being a mother, you`re going to worry. I`d love to say that justice prevails. But people are wicked, and Satan is busy.

SCHLESINGER: They were ordered by the judge in Michael`s trial not to discuss the case, but they were willing to talk about the son they raised.

J. JACKSON: We know our son. We know that he`s not a pedophile like some of these newscasters are saying. That is not true.

SCHLESINGER: Joe and Katherine Jackson have been married for 56 years, and it has been quite a ride. Their kids have sold millions of records and have brought the family both fame...

M. JACKSON: I`d like to thank my mother and father.

SCHLESINGER: ... and shame. But the parents remember a time before Michael Jackson was a household name -- in households other than his own.

K. JACKSON: When Michael and I used to sit down and watch television, and we used to see the children in Africa with flies around their mouth, do you remember that? They were just dying. And he`d sit there with tears streaming down his face. And he said, "Mother, one day I`m going to do something about that." My son would never hurt a child. He loved children too much.

SCHLESINGER: The Jacksons like to talk about old times, when Michael and his siblings were known only for their performances on stage.

BARAK: How was he off stage? Was he shy?

K. JACKSON: He was shy. And when they were young, when company comes, you`d say, `Come on out, boys and sing for them or something,` and they didn`t want to do it. Even the relatives. They were too shy.

J. JACKSON: But you put him in front of 50,000 people, he`s at home.

SCHLESINGER: But now, Michael Jackson finds himself center stage in a drama nobody would ever want a part in and no parent would ever want to watch.

K. JACKSON: When they took him down to the jail and I saw them put handcuffs on him, that hurt worse than anything else.

SCHLESINGER: Those years of investigations, those very public raids on Michael Jackson`s Neverland Ranch, have made the Jacksons angry at a prosecutor some critics describe as almost giddy.

SNEDDON: Well, we haven`t ruled anything out.

K. JACKSON: They were jumping up and down, we got him, we finally got him. You know, that was hard for me, as a mother, to see how people felt about my son, when I know he`s a better person than they are. And he`s jumping up and down saying something like that, like my son killed somebody or something.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Michael, what does it mean to your fans about this whole thing?

SCHLESINGER: The Jacksons are reluctant to get into detail about what they think motivates the people attacking their son.

J. JACKSON: Come on, you don`t want me to answer that, do you?

K. JACKSON: No, don`t answer it.


SCHLESINGER: They say money is one factor, a big factor, but not the only one.

J. JACKSON: Shall I?

K. JACKSON: No, Joe. Just shut up. Stop it!

BARAK: People have made some noise that it might be about racism.

What do you think?

J. JACKSON: It is racism. It is. Katherine is not going to say it, but I will say it. It is racism.

SCHLESINGER: Jackson`s parents have had to endure all the reports about their son`s relationship with children since the 1993 incident involving this young boy who said Michael abused him.

BARAK: You`re a very smart man. I mean, when you saw that he was hanging around children and there were rumors, why didn`t you have a father-son conversation and say, hey, Michael...

J. JACKSON: There was nothing wrong with them kids coming over.

Daphne, I`m getting off of this.

BARAK: Why didn`t you take him and alert him?

J. JACKSON: He hasn`t done nothing wrong. So why should I chastise him about stuff like that? There was nothing wrong.

BARAK: But I didn`t say it was.

J. JACKSON: People were bringing kids there -- families, mothers and fathers -- and they were bringing their kids there. I don`t like that question.

SCHLESINGER: But there have questions about how Michael Jackson was brought up...

M. JACKSON: My childhood was completely taken away from me.

SCHLESINGER: ... specifically whether Joe Jackson was too strict with his children.

J. JACKSON: In being strict, you were able to control.

K. JACKSON: I don`t think it was too strict at all, because where we came from, Gary, Indiana, it`s the murder capital of the world.

SCHLESINGER: In fact, Joe Jackson says he wouldn`t change anything.

J. JACKSON: We didn`t make no mistakes. We didn`t make no mistakes.

K. JACKSON: Joe, don`t say that. You don`t know.

J. JACKSON: I don`t make no mistakes. I was feeding them every day.

They had food in their hands. So it was papa that kept food on the table for them. I did that. I did my part.

SCHLESINGER: Almost everything Michael does now is fodder for the tabloids and the comedians.

DAVID LETTERMAN, TALK SHOW HOST: This is the kind of thing that could get this guy a reputation as being an oddball.

SCHLESINGER: Particularly when he seems to change his appearance.

The evolution of his face is the subject of a Web site animation.

J. JACKSON: Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood? How many operations has Michael had, one or two?

K. JACKSON: I don`t know, Joe. And I don`t even want to talk about it.

M. JACKSON: Me and Janet really are two different people.

SCHLESINGER (on camera): All the stories about his bizarre behavior and changing appearance have earned Michael Jackson a nickname no one would ever want for themselves. "Wacko Jacko" has become the shorthand, headline way of referring to Joe and Katherine Jackson`s son.

J. JACKSON: How could they call him wacko? He`s sold more records than anybody in show business history.

K. JACKSON: They think he`s weird. He`s not that wacko to be No. 1 in the world.

SCHLESINGER (voice over): After Michael dangled his infant son out a hotel window in 2002, authorities in California wondered if he might be more than Wacko.

Just a few months ago, child welfare officials made a surprise inspection at his ranch to check on the welfare of his children.

Katherine Jackson, the children`s grandmother, now says she was also there.

K. JACKSON: I went to visit Michael, not knowing that Child Services was there. That was a surprise to me when they told me they were there.

And I imagine they surprised Michael, too, and everyone else in the house.

SCHLESINGER: The authorities left the children with their father, but Katherine is still angry.

K. JACKSON: It was a horrible feeling just to think they were there and trying to take away my grandchildren. That`s terrible.

SCHLESINGER: It`s been a terrible time for the Jacksons since they first heard the charges against their son read out in court.

BARAK: It`s going to be very difficult for you. I mean, for a mother to hear this kind of stuff.

J. JACKSON: It`s been difficult.

K. JACKSON: I know. It`s been difficult all the time, because I know what they`re trying to do. And I know him, and he does not deserve what`s going on.

SCHLESINGER: It is Michael who is being tried, but it`s his parents who have already been tested.

K. JACKSON: What people don`t know, they don`t know him. They don`t even know what they`re talking about. But they have to remember, there`s a family out there that loves that person they`re lying on and talking about, and especially a mother, and she has feelings. And she loves her children.

And they should think about what they`re doing before they get on television telling all of the lies. And you reap what you sow. What goes around comes around. People have to be very careful of what they do and say.

(END VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: She gave him two children.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My big fear is I can`t talk about.

ANNOUNCER: Now she wants them back.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She really didn`t want anything to do with the children. That apparently changed when this current case came to light.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) DEBBIE ROWE, EX-WIFE OF MICHAEL JACKSON: What`s wrong? Huh? You`re not eating. You`re very quiet. I`m by no means a public person. I have been made public. And it was really bad at one point for a long, long time. Isn`t she just gorgeous? Eventually, people have to realize I`m no different than the person next door.

PAT O`BRIEN, "THE INSIDER": Debbie Rowe knows Michael Jackson as no one else does. She`s his ex-wife and the biological mother of his children, Paris and Prince Michael. It`s a strange, supporting role she knowingly chose, in a soap opera now gone all wrong.

ROWE: It doesn`t make it any easier that people form opinions and make judgment calls and think I`m something that I`m not, or I do things that I don`t.

O`BRIEN: They met in the dermatologist`s office where Jackson was a patient and Debbie was a nurse. He thought she`d be the perfect surrogate mother, a role that Rowe accepted.

ROWE: "If someone needs something, I`m there, you know.

O`BRIEN: In 1996, Debbie would marry Jackson. It was an arrangement, but hardly a partnership. He played the King of Pop.

ROWE: Good girl!

O`BRIEN: And she seemed just fine with him making all of the directorial decisions.

ROWE: Don`t judge. Don`t judge. Who are you to point the finger?

O`BRIEN: The agreement came with world-class perks.

ROWE: I have a lovely life. Ready?

O`BRIEN: Wealth.

ROWE: You saw the stuff with the horses. I enjoy it.

O`BRIEN: Celebrity.

ROWE: Everything is focused on the past.

O`BRIEN: And the Michael-mania that goes with it.

ROWE: I went to lunch at the Ivy. People started running across the street, and one guy almost got hit by a car. And I started to freak out.

And that put me into hiding for three weeks. I didn`t leave the house.

O`BRIEN (on camera): I`m Pat O`Brien. In 1999, Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson were divorced. Debbie moved into a million-dollar house in Beverly Hills that Michael bought for her.

It was on my show, "The Insider," that Debbie Rowe let us into her world.

ROWE: Welcome to Casa Canine. These are the kids.

O`BRIEN (voice over): Debbie shares her home with her pack of dogs...

ROWE: This is Rufus. This is Buford. They are brothers.

O`BRIEN: ... part companionship, part security force.

ROWE: We had someone come over the fence once. That was a mistake for him, because the dogs went out and it wasn`t pretty.

O`BRIEN: But these days, the feeling in this home isn`t about all that`s here; it`s about all that`s missing -- the children, Debbie`s children.

ROWE: If you guys are thinking you`re going to see pictures of my kids, wrong. All personal pictures have been taken down.

O`BRIEN: And that`s part of the deal she made with Michael to bear his children and allow him to raise them.

BASHIR: She said you need to be a daddy more than she needed to be a mother.

M. JACKSON: Yes. And she wanted to do that for me as a present.

O`BRIEN: Jackson gave British journalist Martin Bashir his take on the arrangement in this now-famous documentary.

BASHIR: Do you not think, though, that your children would benefit from contact with their mother?

M. JACKSON: She`d prefer them to be with me than with her.

ROWE: We have a non-traditional family, and if that makes people uncomfortable...

O`BRIEN: In another documentary, Debbie Rowe defended her choice.

ROWE: And people make remarks, oh, I can`t believe she left her children. Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children.

My children are with their father.

O`BRIEN (on camera): As strange as it might sound, the arrangement seemed to work. Debbie agreed not to talk about Michael or their children in public. Michael agreed to give his ex-wife reports on how the kids were doing.

But any trust that once existed appears to have been replaced by second thoughts about having her children living with an accused child molester. Debbie is now rethinking her deal with Michael Jackson.

ROWE: My big fear is I can`t talk about. And my biggest fear is that those fears happen, and I can`t stop it.

RANDY TARRABORELLI, JACKSON BIOGRAPHER: Debbie Rowe was never an enemy. How did that happen? I know how it happened. He just stopped returning her phone calls. And people get really sort of upset when you don`t return their phone calls if they`ve got important questions to ask about the children.

O`BRIEN (voice over): Randy Tarraborelli chronicles the life and times of all things Jackson, including Debbie`s evolving feelings about her part in the lives of Paris and Prince Michael.

TARABORELLI: She has made it really clear that those are Michael`s children, and that she really didn`t want anything to do with the children.

However, that apparently changed when this current case came to light.

O`BRIEN: The D.A.`s case against Jackson has led Debbie to file her own set of legal papers, this time to get back the children she once gave Michael as a "present." But as the tabloids dissect her once again, Debbie fights for the other thing she gave away: her privacy.

ROWE: There is no comment. There`ll probably continue to be no comment about a number of things for a number of reasons. Mostly, it`s none of your (EXPLETIVE DELETED) business.

O`BRIEN: What`s clear is that Debbie is trying to make a change for once in her life: moving on. She`s sold the house Michael gave her, which had been her refuge.

ROWE: Everybody needs a safe place, and it should be their home.

O`BRIEN: Wherever she ends up, Debbie will still be in the limelight.

Only now, center-stage could be the witness stand. The district attorney has subpoenaed her to testify against the man she literally gave the gift of life.

(END VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: He`s a world-famous psychic. But Uri Geller is also Michael Jackson`s close friend, and he saw trouble ahead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I really screamed at him. I told him, "Michael, you`ve got to change your behavior.` (COMMERCIAL BREAK) UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT (voice over): There are two things you need to know about the psychic, Uri Geller. One is that he can still do the spoon trick that made him famous the world over.

(on camera): Can I touch this?

URI GELLER, PSYCHIC: Of course. You can touch my fingers and you can see there`s no heat.


GELLER: This is a spoon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT (voice over): And the other thing you need to know is that it was Geller`s signature spoon trick that made him and Michael Jackson fast friends.

GELLER: When Michael was a teenager, he read about me in American text books and school books. And I think he always wanted to meet me to see how I bend a spoon or read a mind. I grabbed the phone, and then a few weeks later I flew to New York. We met, and we became friends.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He wants a poster. He wants a poster.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: In fact, the two became such good friends that the singer accepted an invitation from Uri to speak to the crowd at Geller`s favorite English soccer club.

M. JACKSON: I would like all of you now to take the hand of the person to the left and to the right of you. Go ahead. Right now. I mean it. Don`t be shy. Do it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: Not too many people can get a stadium full of notoriously, belligerent English soccer fans to hold hands, but Michael Jackson apparently can.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stay back! Stay back!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stay back! He`s doing this for you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: The visit provides a unique glimpse into the sort of devotion Jackson`s fans still have for him. He was mobbed and trampled to the ground as he tried to board his private train during the trip.

GELLER: Michael was crushed. He fell on the floor. He almost fainted. If he wasn`t a tiger, if he wasn`t a dancer, he would have stayed on the platform, and they would have taken him to the hospital.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`re the best. You`re the best.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: And the footage, most of it shot by Geller and obtained by 48 HOURS, also offers a view into the seeming innocence that Jackson displays about most things, and that gets him into trouble.

When you`re given a private tour, as Jackson was of Britain`s Houses of Parliament, there is one rule: Don`t sit on the benches. You have to be elected to do that. Jackson tried to anyway.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don`t sit. Sorry, not allowed. Not even you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: Michael Jackson lives in his own world and by his own rules. And even his friends think that`s a big part of his problem.

GELLER: Well, I mean, come on, Mark. You know, when you invite children into your bedroom, overall, you know, to the society outside Neverland, or to people who don`t know Michael Jackson personally and closely and intimately, that looks wrong. It is wrong. I am a father. I have two children. I would never send my children to anyone`s bed, not even to Michael Jackson`s bed, although knowing that he won`t do anything to them. But it`s just not acceptable in today`s, you know, day and age.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT: Geller says he once sat Jackson down and read him the riot act.

GELLER: And I really screamed at him. I told him, `Michael, you`ve got to change your behavior, because`...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT (on camera): With respect to inviting children into his home, into his bedroom?

GELLER: Yes. Mainly with children, because, again, although, you know, you are innocent and you are doing nothing to them, it just doesn`t look good. It doesn`t look right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE CORRESPONDENT (voice over): He told his friend, he says, that inviting children into his bedroom would one day be his undoing.

Geller now wonders whether that day has now arrived.

GELLER: And now, this is where the danger point is. This is where the whole world looks, is it true? I mean, if these kids are innocent and if Michael does something to them that is forbidden, then that`s the pits.

And then he becomes a monster, which the press are building him to be.


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