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A Retrospective (Limited Edition) [7Singles Set] Box Set Cover'A Retrospective' (Limited Edition) [7Singles Box Set] Is Released. 30-04-'05

Here's a great selection of J5's greatest hits on 45 rpm... A great jukebox-stuffer! You get 7 singles in all. From 'I Want You Back' to 'Who's Loving You'.

A Retrospective is a box set, released today in the USA through Motown And containing a selection of The Jackson 5, 7" vinyl singles originally released during the 1969 and 1973.

Track list:

Single 1:
1. I Want You Back - 2:44
2. ABC - 2:38

Single 2:
1. Dancing Machine - 2:29
2. Get It Together - 2:47

Single 3:
1. Forever Came Today - 6:08
2. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:47

Single 4:
1. I Am Love (Part.1) - 3:40
2. I Am Love (Part.2) - 3:43

Single 5:
1. Mama's Pearl - 3:09
2. Never Can Say Goodbye - 2:56

Single 6:
1. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:29
2. Sugar Daddy - 2:34

Single 7:
1. Morning Glow - Michael Jackson - 3:34
2. Who's Loving You - 3:56

A Retrospective (Limited Edition) [7Singles Set] Box Set
The box set is equipped with 7" vinyl singles in a row.

Record label: Motown
Released: 30-04-2005
Series number: BX45182
Printed: USA
Guide price: 30 €

Order the box set here at Hip Tank Records.

Source: Hip Tank Records / Billie Jean


Uri Geller
Uri Geller

Jackson Confident He Will Be Cleared. 29-04-'05

Michael Jackson is so confident he'll be cleared of all child molestation charges, he has booked a trip to London this summer (June/August 05).

Jackson's close pal, psychic Uri Geller, is standing by his famous friend as he fights 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion in a Santa Maria, California, court.

Speaking on British TV network Channel 4's chat show Richard + Judy yesterday (April 28), the spoon-bending eccentric said Michael has already booked a flight to a British wedding, because he's convinced jurors will acquit him.

Geller says, "Michael is confident he will be found innocent.

"He's actually planning to come to London this summer. He's booked the flights and the hotel already.

"A friend is getting married and he's going to be there."

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Rosibel Smith
Detective Rosibel Smith took the stand.

Day 42 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 29-04-'05

Most of the day in court was spent outside the presence of jurors as Judge Rodney Melville gave decisions in favour of both the prosecution and the defence.

Melville allowed two artistic and legally available books that were seized in a raid on Neverland Valley Ranch in 1993 in a previous investigation to be admitted as evidence. The defence argued against the evidence stating that the items were 12-years-old and legally available material not relevant to this case, but the prosecution request was granted.

The judge denied a prosecution request to have a journalist testify, however. Ian Drew testified outside the presence of jurors that he received a call from one of Michael Jackson's employees in 2003 saying that the Arvizo family "had disappeared from the ranch in the middle of the night." Because Drew was unsure whether or not the term "escape" was used, as well as the fact he was going to site California's Shield Law to prevent cross-examination questioning, Melville barred his testimony from being given in front of the jury according to the Associated Press.

When the jury entered the courtroom, Detective Rosibel Smith took the stand. Smith was the one who found the books that had just been admitted into evidence. A book titled 'Boys Will Be Boys' was shown to jurors, as well as inscription on the inside written by Michael, "Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys' faces, this is the spirit of boyhood, a life I've never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children." The other book was titled 'The Boy: A Photographic Essay' and also had an inscription, "To Michael from your (heart symbol) fan, XXXOOO, 'Rhonda,'" and was dated 1983. The jury were not shown the pictures inside the books, but Smith testified that they showed boys "playing, swimming, jumping."

The prosecution expects to rest their case by Tuesday (May 3) with the defence starting theirs immediately.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 42 (29-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 42 of the process of the century.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Debbie Rowe
Cross examination of Debbie Rowe.

Day 41 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 28-04-'05

Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has revealed she ignored a script when she appeared in a 2003 image-improvement video because she wanted her answers to questions about her former husband to be honest and clear.

Rowe took to the stand in court in Santa Maria, California, again this morning after spending 45 minutes there at the end of yesterday's (April 27) hearing.

And, after the defence team moved to have her testimony struck from the record - a motion that was denied - she continued to pour praise on her ex, insisting that she wanted to be closer to him and their two children.

Tearful Rowe even glared at Jackson at one point as she told the court she still considers herself a friend of the King of Pop, and said, "If he'd just talk to me."

Rowe then admitted she had been given a list of 105 scripted questions to help her prepare for her part in the 2003 rebuttal video, which was released to combat claims made by British journalist Martin Bashir in his damning documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson', but she didn't read them.

She added that Jackson's associate Marc Schaffel did ask her to rephrase an answer but she insisted she would only do it as long as it didn't change the meaning of her answer.

Rowe told the court she was excited to do the interview because she was expecting to see her children and Jackson again. Jackson cut all ties to Rowe when they divorced in 1999.

The prosecution called Rowe as a witness, hoping her testimony would prove the pop star conspired to hold his child molestation accuser's family hostage while they filmed a scripted segment for his image-improving video.

Court experts claim Rowe's testimony may have wrecked the prosecution's conspiracy and kidnapping case.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 41 (28-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 41 of the process of the century.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Debbie Rowe
Testimony of Debbie Rowe.

Day 40 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 27-04-'05

There were many rumours in the world press, but now it’s official: Michael Jackson’s second ex-wife will testify in court today. As the prosecution is about to end it’s case they are calling Rowe to the stand hoping that the woman will be able to convince the jury about the singer’s guilt.

Debby Rowe and Michael Jackson are currently in a legal battle about their two children, Prince and Paris. Since Rowe gave a TV-interview last year, her ex-husband reportedly would have stopped her annual payment. Since then, the mother - who once gave up her rights to be with her children because Michael Jackson was such a wonderful dad to them that they didn’t need a mother (Debby Rowe’s own words) - changed her mind and now claims that Michael isn’t fit to be a parent. The press hopes to hear some details about Michael Jackson’s private life and how the children were conceived.

Judge Melville ruled that the prosecution is allowed to call Debby Rowe to the stand this week to testify against Michael Jackson. The woman is expected to say that she – like the mother of the current alleged victim – was coached to say how wonderful Michael Jackson is. The mother of the boy claimed she had to rehearse all day long her lines for the rebuttal video. Debby Rowe reportedly would claim the same thing. She had to say what was in a transcript. According to “the deal” she would be able to see her children…

Michael Jackson’s defense team said that calling the singer’s ex-wife to the stand was a desperate attempt by the prosecution after having had several bad witnesses.

Judge Melville also ruled today that another new witness presented by the prosecution is not allowed to take the stand.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 40 (27-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 40 of the process of the century.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Cynthia Montgomery
Testimony of agent Cynthia Montgomery.

Day 39 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 26-04-'05

Michael Jackson's former travel agent has testified that she was asked to book a last-minute, one-way flight to Brazil for the family of Michael's child molestation accuser.

Prosecutors used Cynthia Montgomery's testimony to try to corroborate claims by the boy's mother that Jackson and his aides imprisoned the family and threatened to whisk them off to Brazil.

Montgomery, a Las Vegas travel agent, also backed earlier testimony that Jackson singer had standing orders to be served wine in soda cans when flying - a key claim by prosecutors who seek to prove the pop star plied his intended victim with alcohol in order to abuse him.

Montgomery is the target of both a lawsuit by Jackson and a federal investigation over a November 2003 incident in which the star was secretly videotaped consulting with his lawyer on a later flight he took to surrender to police in Santa Barbara, California.

The Arivzo family didn't use the $15,000 tickets purchased for the hastily arranged trip to Sao Paulo booked at the request of Marc Schaffel, a member of Jackson's inner circle and a producer of gay porn films.

Montgomery told jurors that Schaffel, one of Jackson's unindicted co-conspirators, told her to book a one-way ticket to Brazil for the family of Jackson's accuser in March 2003.

She said, "He asked me to make flight arrangements for four passengers to Brazil," adding that she picked an arbitrary return date for the open-ended booking.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 39 (26-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 39 of the process of the century.

Once Montgomery finished her testimony, Michael's former videographer Hamed Moslehi then took the stand according to the Santa Maria Times. Moslehi taped an interview that was intended for the rebuttal video to counter 'Living With Michael Jackson', however the interview was never aired.

The witness claimed Janet Arvizo did not initially want to take part in the video. "I believe at the beginning she was not happy to do this rebuttal video," Moslehi said. "She said since the documentary of Martin Bashir, her life turned upside down because of the media ... She said the last thing she wanted to do was to expose herself to more hassle." Moslehi testified that he loaned Arvizo $2,000 after her complaints about her hectic life following the Bashir documentary, but that he never was repaid.

Arvizo was willing to co-operate with the video after what he thought was a re-negotiation of her contract according to Moslehi, who claimed that it was difficult to take the family out of Neverland Valley Ranch to shoot the interview. The witness recollected what the Neverland manager Joe Marcus had said, "I believe he said, 'They're not allowed to leave the property,'" although Moslehi stated that he then took the family to his West Hills home.

Moslehi is expected to finish his testimony today with Michael's ex-wife Debbie Rowe then expected to take the stand for the Prosecution.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Brian Oxman
Brian Oxman

Jackson Loses Fourth Lawyer. 25-04-'05

Michael Jackson's lawyer Brian Oxman has become the fourth attorney to retire from the child molestation trial, since the singer was charged in 2003.

Michael's lawyers have told judge Rodney Melville that Oxman's departure from the case was effective last Thursday (April 21), but they have refused to explain his sudden exit.

Insiders have speculated Oxman left for health reasons, because he was stretchered away from the Santa Maria, California, court last month (March 23) suffering lung pneumonia.

The troubled superstar also lost attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Braffman last April (04) and replaced them with Thomas Mesereau and Susan Yu. He lost longtime lawyer Steve Cochran six months later (October 04).

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Record Producer Rudy Provincio Called Up As Jackson Key Witness. 25-04-'05

Rudy ProvincioA little-known record producer is set become the star of Michael Jackson's child molestation case after coming forward with information that could prove the pop star was among the conspirators trying to silence a whole family.

Rudy Provincio has reportedly been listed among the prosecution's final witnesses, according to attorney and US news show producer Harvey Levin, who has been monitoring the case since it began.

Provincio will allegedly reveal that Jackson and his aides planned for his teenage accuser and his family to head off on a lengthy trip to Brazil after British journalist Martin Bashir's scathing 'Living with Michael Jackson' documentary aired in 2003.

A insider for the prosecution tells Levin's Celebrity Justice show that Provincio will testify that Michael Jackson and the other co-conspirators talked about getting rid of the family by flying them off to Brazil on a one-way ticket.

Levin says, "The idea was to go to Brazil and never hear from that family again, and that is what Provincio will say."

Provincio was allegedly party to conversations between Jackson and alleged co-conspirators Marc Schaffel, Frank Tyson and Vinnie Amen. Prosecutors plan to state the conversations prove a conspiracy and also prove that Jackson was right in the middle of it.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Prosecution Expected To End This Week. 25-04-'05

Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial are hoping to close their case by the end of this week (April 29) because they are running out of witnesses.

Judge Rodney Melville recently barred the prosecution from calling a domestic violence expert to testify that Janet Arvizo, the accuser's mother, lied under oath because her state of mind had been disturbed after numerous beatings at the hands of her ex-husband.

Melville also ruled out a testimony from Jackson's ex-employee Kassim Abdool, leaving the prosecution no choice but to end the case on Friday (April 29) when all of their witnesses have given evidence.

The final prosecution witnesses include Chris Carter, a former security guard at the Michael's Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, and Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

The defence case will begin as soon as the prosecution finishes, with a galaxy of stars including Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross expected to testify the singer's honest character and innocent love of children.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Releases A Message For Fans In Italy. 25-04-'05

Michael Jackson releases a message for fans in Italy, participating at a rally in his support, during his 2005 trial, on his now defunct website, MJJSource.com. It reads:

“To all my fans in Italy, […] I wish I could be there with you in beautiful Italy! I am certainly there with you in spirit. I have said it before, and I will say it again… I truly have the most amazing fans in the world. Thank you for your love, your prayers, your gifts and for all of your beautiful acts of kindness. I thank you for your support and for believing in me always… Remember, God, and the truth, are on our side and WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS. Myself, Prince, Paris and Blanket send you our love… Have fun and Keep Dancing.

God bless you all! I LOVE YOU!!! […]

Michael Jackson"

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Kassim Abdool
Testimony of Kaseem Abdul.

Day 38 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 25-04-'05

After a three-day weekend, court resumed with yet more rulings from Judge Rodney Melville as well as testimony from a former Neverland Valley Ranch bodyguard.

The judge ruled that prosecutors could question Michael Jackson's ex-wife (and Mother to his two eldest children) Debbie Rowe about a rebuttal video she had made around the same time the Arvizo family had made their video. Senior Deputy District attorney Ron Zonen argued that Rowe would tell jurors she participated in a "highly scripted interview and that the incentive was to suggest she would have visitation with her children if she did this." Defence attorney Robert Sanger opposed the arguments, stating that the defence were willing to present the three-hour video of her interview as well as footage that Rowe had secretly taped in which she never says anything bad about Michael. After arguments, Melville made his ruling, "I will admit the testimony and will look to ways to restrict that testimony."

District attorney Tom Sneddon announced to the court (outside the presence of jurors) that a witness they had planned to call, former Neverland security guard Chris Carter, will not be testifying according to the Associated Press. The judge had given prosecutors permission to question Carter, who was going to invoke the Fifth Amendment to not be questioned about his recent arrest for burglary, robbery and first-degree kidnapping, all with a deadly weapon, however Sneddon made the announcement without giving any apparent reason as to why he will no longer be testifying.

Melville allowed prosecutors to grant witness Cynthia Montgomery immunity so that her testimony given in this case cannot be used against her in any other. Montgomery is currently under investigation by the FBI for her role in secretly taping a conversation between Michael and his former attorney Mark Geragos on the XtraJet flight that took them back to Santa Barbara in November 2003. Montgomery will testify about the flight as well as alleged plans by Michael's employees to fly the Arvizo family to Brazil.

Prosecutors were denied a request to bring in testimony from a man who claimed his son went missing at Neverland for 90 minutes and ended up in Michael's bedroom. Sanger stated the motion showed desperation on the part of the prosecution's case.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 38 (25-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 38 of the process of the century.

Once jurors entered the courtroom testimony by Kassim Abdool, a former Neverland bodyguard who sued Michael for wrongful termination along with previous prosecution witnesses Ralph Chacon and Adrian McManus and lost, resumed. The witness claimed that he saw Michael and Jordan Chandler (the '93 Accuser) leave the Jacuzzi area with their swimming trunks on the floor, and that Michael (wearing a towel) was giving Chandler (wearing a robe) a piggyback ride as they left. Abdool also claimed his life was threatened during his employment at Neverland. During cross-examination the witness admitted to selling his story to a tabloid for $15,000 but claimed that the money all went to legal costs.

Attorney Brian Oxman left the defence team yesterday (April 24) with no explanation given according to the Santa Maria Times. Oxman had been a part of pre-trial hearings and attended the proceedings since the trial began at the table behind the defence team's position.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Ahmad Elatab
Ahmad Elatab

Jackson Witness Arrested On Underage Sex Charge. 21-04-'05

Michael Jackson's defence team has been dealt a blow in the pop superstar's child molestation case - one of their potential witnesses has been arrested on charges he had sex with a minor.

Ahmad Elatab (corr), 18, is accused of seducing a 14-year-old schoolgirl in the basement of her home, while her parents slept upstairs.

The sexual encounter was exposed when a teacher intercepted a graphic note about the girl's night of passion, and alerted the authorities.

The underage girl has since told authorities that some parts of the encounter, which took place earlier this month after the teenagers watched pornographic films, were not consensual.

She also maintains that Elatab impressed her with stories of time he had spent with Jackson at his Neverland Ranch home, insisting he had seen the pop star seducing a girl.

Elatab was arrested on Tuesday (April 19) and is currently being held at the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, New Jersey.

He faces charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and impairing the morals of a minor.

Elatab claims the sex was consensual and he has denied telling the girl he saw Jackson seduce a girl, insisting he merely referred to his friend as being "smooth", adding he knew how to talk to women.

Elatab is on the list of potential defence witnesses for Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Michael One Of The Nominees - A Seven-Part Series Of The 'Greatest Americans'. 21-04-'05

The Discovery Channel announces Michael Jackson as one of the nominees for it's soon to be released film, a seven-part series count down of the 'Greatest Americans'.

Other nominees include George Washington, Hugh Hefner, Hillary Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, John Wayne, Johnny Carson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Joseph JacksonJackson's Father Joseph Denies Family Rift. 21-04-'05

Michael Jackson's father Joseph has dismissed speculation that his family is distancing themselves from the superstar, who is on trial for child abuse. Joe Jackson has hit back at media reports that suggest the absence of the pop star's musical siblings from the court's public gallery indicated a family rift.

"This information is both false and mean-spirited," Joe Jackson said in a statement, referring to news reports that said some members of the family were not supporting their relative's court battle.

Family spokeswoman Angel Howansky says the family decided early on that parents Katherine and Joe would represent the entire Jackson clan at the trial in the California town of Santa Maria.

The family patriarch has not come to court recently only because he has been ill, Ms Howansky says. "Joe Jackson has been resting at home recovering from a recent bout of the flu, and is being very careful not to get his son Michael Jackson sick," she said.

Since his trial began in late January, Michael Jackson has been escorted to the small courtroom by either his mother and one of his brothers or by both parents and a brother.

During at least two pre-trial hearings, Jackson was accompanied to court by his parents and all of his siblings, including singers Janet and LaToya Jackson. But before the trial began, Judge Rodney Melville warned the clan that there may not always be enough room for all of them at hearings as room had to be made for fans and journalists in the public gallery.

Source: ABC News / Billie Jean


Day 37 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 21-04-'05

Once ex-Neverland security guard Brian Barron finished his testimony yesterday (April 20), attorneys argued over some key motions before court recessed until Monday (April 25).

Senior Deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss argued to call a domestic violence expert to testify about the behaviour of Janet Arvizo, who claims to be a victim of her ex-husband's beatings. "I think this type of evidence is valuable in domestic violence cases," Judge Melville said when making his ruling, however, "it would be a mistake to allow it."

Prosecutors also wanted to enter testimony from Kassim Abdool that indicated Michael ordered Abdool to bring Vaseline to his bedroom when he was apparently aroused with the 1993 Accuser Jordan Chandler also in the room. However, defence attorney Robert Sanger indicated that Abdool has since denied the story, "We understand his story had been refuted by his own words," he said. The judge denied the request according to the Associated Press, however prosecutors are allowed to enter testimony from Abdool concerning swimming trunks near a shower and a piggyback ride. Abdool was one of five former employees who sued Michael for millions of dollars for wrongful termination a decade ago in a trial that lasted six months and which Michael won - forcing the employees to pay him a total of $1.4 million.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 37 (21-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 37 of the process of the century.

Melville also granted a defence request to introduce evidence concerning alleged incidents in which the Accuser Gavin Arvizo and his brother Star were caught masturbating. In arguing the case for the defence, attorney Susan Yu stated, "Mr. Jackson is charged with masturbation and that they did in fact do it themselves and are trying to blame Mr. Jackson for what he never did is relevant."

One prosecution request that was allowed was the testimony of Chris Carter, a former Neverland bodyguard who was recently arrested for burglary, robbery and first-degree kidnapping, all with a deadly weapon. Carter will plead the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, much like Janet Arvizo did, to not have to answer questions on his arrest as to not perjure himself. Another witness who was going to plead the Fifth was Cynthia Montgomery, a travel agent who worker for XtraJet and was on the flight on November 20th 2003 in which Michael flew to Santa Barbara to co-operate with authorities with his arrest. The judge ruled that Montgomery is not allowed to testify at all.

The court has recessed until Monday, as prosecutors could not get witnesses ready in time for today. They have stated their case should be rested by next week, allowing defence attorneys to present their case on behalf of Michael.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Macaulay CulkinCulkin To Testify At Jackson Trial. 21-04-'05

Michael Jackson's defence team has called on Macaulay Culkin to take to the stand and rubbish a former Neverland Ranch maid's claim she saw Michael kissing and fondling the actor.

Housekeeper Adrian Mary McManus told jurors at the Santa Maria, California, court that between 1991 and 1993 Culkin shared Jackson's bed, left his underwear in the singer's jacuzzi and allowed the troubled star to kiss his cheek.

She told jurors, "I was cleaning up and I saw Mr Jackson and Macaulay in the library and Mr Jackson was kissing him on the cheek and he had his hand by his leg at the rear."

However, the 'Home Alone' actor has always fervently denied he was abused by Michael.

And now Jackson's team have persuaded Culkin to testify at the star's child molestation trial, according to American news network CNN.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Brian Barron
Former security guard Brian Barron has testified.

Day 36 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 20-04-'05

One of Michael Jackson's former security guards has testified there was once a notice posted in a guard station stating the star's accuser was not allowed to leave the Neverland Ranch.

But the witness, Brian Barron, also said under defence questioning this morning that it would have been appropriate to keep child guests on the estate if their parents weren't present and that they probably would not let any children leave if they were unsupervised.

Barron, a police officer for the town of Guadalupe, California, moonlighted at Jackson's home for about three years until leaving after the ranch was raided by Santa Barbara County sheriff's investigators. He said his superiors in Guadalupe suggested he not work there any longer because of the criminal investigation.

The witness also said that after the November 2003 raid - for which he was not present - the Sheriff's Department asked him to go back to work at Neverland as a law enforcement informant but that he refused.

The witness said the directive concerning the boy was written on a guard station greaseboard for a week-long period in January or February 2003. Barron said he did not know who wrote the directive.

Under cross-examination by defence attorney Robert Sanger, Barron acknowledged that as a police officer he would have been required to report anything illegal he saw at the ranch and that he never had grounds to do so.

Sanger asked whether the directive might also have appeared in a log of activity at Neverland's gate. The attorney produced a page of the log dated 19 February 2003, which stated, "The kids are not to leave per Joe."

The notice said "kids" referred to the boy, his brother, "etc". The name Joe referred to a ranch manager.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 36 (20-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 36 of the process of the century.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Maria Ventura
Testimony of Gavin Arvizo's grandmother Maria Ventura.

Day 35 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 19-04-'05

The grandmother of Michael Jackson's accuser has told his child molestation trial that her grandson returned a completely changed person after spending three weeks with the singer.

Gavin Arvizo's grandmother Maria Ventura told the Santa Maria, California, trial that when the then-13-year-old arrived back from Jackson's Neverland Ranch with his two siblings in 2003, all three children were "different kids".

She also backed up the testimony of her daughter, Gavin's mother Janet, who said the family were held against their will at Neverland in Santa Barbara, California, until they agreed to record a video tape clearing Jackson of any wrongdoing.

Arvizo's grandmother said she pretended to be ill so that the children would be released by Jackson.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Spanish grandparent said, "Those kids were not my grandchildren. They didn't talk to me the same way. They were different kids."

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 35 (19-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 35 of the process of the century.

Earlier in the day, Janet dismissed the defence's claim the primary motive behind the allegations is to make money and that she never tried to get cash for Gavin's cancer treatment.

After the grandmother, a former school principal, Michael Davy, appeared in court. He testified that the accuser had serious behavioural problems since November 2002 and that he was a poor student. Though, there should not have been a remarkable change of behaviour after the family left Neverland for the last time.

The public accuser in Santa Maria has let us known that he supposed to round off the argumentation against Michael Jackson next week. This means that Michael Jackson's team can start to prepare themselves so that their witnesses get the chance to testify at the beginning of May.

The defence has announced to call up a lounge list of witnesses. Beneath them a lot of famous persons, like actrice Elizabeth Taylor, singer Stevie Wonder, basketball player Kobe Bryant and talk show presenter Jay Leno. Last-named shall according to the defence testify that the mother of the boy who said to have been abused, also asked him for money.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Janet Arvizo
Janet Arvizo again questioned by Mesereau

Day 34 Of Process Against Michael Jackson. 18-04-'05

The accuser's mother Janet Arvizo faced her fourth day of testimony today, her second of cross-examination by lead defence attorney Tom Mesereau.

The process that Jackson "took the world for crazy" if it goes about his relationship with children.

After the defence had already pointed out that the woman was a friend of the police man out of L.A. and now seems that she probably in contact is with a lawyer because of her divorce , it shall be difficult to prove that she and her family were hold fast against their own desire in that period in Neverland. In case she really had contact with them, why she didn't kept them posted?

The woman accused the environment of the singer of holding  fast her and her family in February and March 2003 on Neverland and in a hotel in Los Angeles. The defence stated that the woman has lied about her locking up and that she had manipulated her son through which he tells to have been sexual abused by Jackson.

Tom Mesereau, has tried to describe the mother as a person who's only out on money and as someone who has lied once before under oath and she would not answer on a few questions and called in therefore the confidentialness between her and her lawyer.

According to CBS Michael Jackson and his brothers should be preparing a world tour because they have good heart in the fact that Michael in a few months will be acquitted. At the same time the public accusers are preparing a special block for when the singer will be sentenced of child abuse.

Michael Jackson at Courthouse - Trail Day 34 (18-04-2005)
Michael Jackson arrives at Santa Barbara Superior Court in California for Trail Day 34 of the process of the century.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Larry KingLarry King Called To Testify At Jackson Trial. 16-04-'05

CNN chat show host Larry King has been served a subpoena to testify in Michael Jackson's defence.

The news man was served with official papers as he left a Beverly Hills news vendor yesterday morning (April 15), and now must legally take the stand in the pop star's ongoing child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California.

Sources tell US news show Celebrity Justice that King will testify about a conversation he allegedly had with attorney Larry Feldman, who represented Jackson's 1993 molestation accuser Jordy Chandler, and has had many meetings with the current accuser and his mother.

The same insiders claim Feldman made unflattering comments about the accuser's mother, Janet Jackson, during his chat with King.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

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