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Jacko Furious at Baby Dangling Game

30 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop star Michael Jackson is "fuming" at a new computer game satirizing his notorious baby-dangling antics in Germany last month. The game, launched on the Madblast.Com internet site, invites players to throw babies off a hotel balcony and try and then catch them before they hit the ground - mimicking Jackson dangling of his baby son Prince Michael II over a fifth floor Berlin hotel room. However, the Thriller star has failed to find the game amusing, telling a friend, "I regret what I did but to have a game where I drop babies to their death is just sick beyond belief." Jackson, 44, is reportedly considering suing the website's Los Angeles owners, eUniverse Inc. »

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Michael Jackson "Top of 2002's Losers"

23 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson's troubled year has concluded on an even more sour note - he's been branded 2002's biggest loser. The Thriller singer has beat the likes of George Michael, Robert Blake and 'N Sync star Lance Bass to the top spot in a chart put together by American magazine People. Jackson, whose most recent controversy stemmed from him holding his baby son Prince Michael II over the balcony of a German hotel last month, has also come under attack for his branding Sony boss Tommy Mottola a racist, taking his two oldest children to the zoo wearing veils and his apparently-disintegrating nose. The full top 10 is as follows: 1. Michael Jackson; 2. George Michael; 3. Trent Lott; 4. Lance Bass; 5. Liza Minnelli & David Gest; 6. Princess Anne; 7. Janet Reno; 8. Phil Donahue; 9. Rob Lowe; 10. Robert Blake »

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Honor for Jackson After Weeks of Controversy

11 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson opened up his Neverland Valley Ranch to TV cameras last night so he could appear at the Billboard Music Awards without leaving his house. The pop superstar, who has been caught up in legal battles and child welfare controversy in recent weeks, chose not to attend the ceremony at the MGM Grand at the last minute - where he was to be honored for his 1982 landmark album Thriller. Pal Chris Tucker insisted on presenting the King Of Pop with his award and persuaded the eccentric star to let him present him with his special award from Jackson's California home. The "Man In The Mirror" hitmaker paid tribute to his fans, insisting, "I couldn't be me without you." »

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Jacko: "I'm Just Like Disney"

6 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Troubled pop star Michael Jackson compared himself to film legend Walt Disney during evidence at his ongoing court case Wednesday. The Bad hitmaker, currently giving further evidence in a $21 million case brought by a concert promoter who accuses the singer of pulling out of two millennium concerts, claims that he shares many traits with the late animator - because he's a "visionary" rather than a businessman. He modestly explained in the Californian court, "I'm a visionary and a creative person. God blessed me with certain talents. I hate to use an analogy, but Walt Disney was creative but not good with business. His brother Roy handled the books. He (Walt) loved creating family-oriented entertainment and so do I. I feel that was a gift and I have that gift also. I'm very honored to have been chosen." And to add a further dash of absurdity to the proceedings, when asked if he had memory lapses, the odd star stated, "Not that I can recall." »

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Jackson Adds Blue "Power" Band to Court Outfit

5 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson's odd court attire was continued Wednesday morning as he attended what is expected to be his last day of testimony in a $21 million breach of contract lawsuit. Tuesday the eccentric pop superstar arrived at court in Santa Maria, California, with his left foot bandaged due to a spider bite on his toe. This morning, he added a blue band to his right arm and told fans that it symbolizes power. The pop star greeted fans and wished them "Merry Christmas," before walking into court. He is being sued by promoter Marcel Avram, who claims the singer backed out of two contracted Millennium shows. »

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Jackson Arrives Late

4 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson arrived 90 minutes late and shoeless for the fourth day of testimony in his $21 million breach of contract court case Tuesday morning - but thrilled fans all the same. The pop superstar didn't rush into court, despite his late arrival, and agreed to sign autographs for a handful of young fans, who have been standing by him throughout the trial and recent attacks on his character. Jacko begged local TV crews not to show his bare foot - he arrived shoeless because he was nursing a spider bite on his toe. Meanwhile, Some fans, who had been waiting outside the Santa Maria, California, courthouse for hours were offered "lottery seats" inside the court. Fan Romona Youngblood, who was one of the lucky fans allowed inside the court, says, "I'm so happy. Michael's a very special person and I love him a lot." Jackson, wearing a white shirt, black trousers and pearl waistcoat, eventually walked into the courthouse beneath his trademark umbrella after arriving late in a black van. The pop superstar is being sued by promoter Marcel Avram for allegedly backing out of his commitment to perform a string of Millennium shows. »

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Attorney Demands Jackson Investigation After Baby Threat

29 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Top American legal eagle Gloria Allred is urging child welfare officials in California to investigate Michael Jackson's parenting. Childcare officials in Santa Barbara, the town where Jackson lives, have already decided not to initiate an investigation after the pop superstar dangled his baby son out of a four-storey hotel window in Berlin, Germany, last week. The child welfare chiefs declared the matter was out of their jurisdiction after Berlin officials decided not to take any action themselves. An apologetic Jackson declared the incident was "a mistake" in a statement. But high-profile attorney Allred is far from satisfied and she wants Jackson investigated. She says, "I was shocked, as millions of Americans were. That was horrific to see and I felt that the baby was at significant risk of harm. I'm asking child services in Santa Barbara to immediately launch an investigation for this child to determine whether or not the baby is endangered. It was wrong to use the child in that way. I think Michael Jackson should be spending less time in toy stores and more time in parenting classes." »

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Jackson Prepares to Tell All

27 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson's proposed tell-all interview with British journalist Martin Bashir looks set to go ahead. According to sources, the BBC reporter - made famous for his explosive interview with the late Diana, Princess of Wales - visited Jackson in Germany last week to discuss arrangements for the chat. An insider says, "Michael and Martin have had several conversations about the parameters and the format of the interview" - which is expected to take place at the singer's California ranch Bashir's camera crew also filmed the star and his kids on a trip to the zoo - just a day after Jackson was caught on camera holding his nine-month-old baby over a hotel balcony in Berlin. Sources say Jackson wanted the footage to "show what a great dad he is." »

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Cage and Presley File for Divorce

27 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winning actor Nicolas Cage has filed for divorce from wife Lisa Marie Presley - after just three months of marriage. The Leaving Las Vegas has cited "irreconcilable differences" in divorce papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cage married Presley, daughter of rock'n'roll icon Elvis Presley, in Hawaii this August, following a year-long courtship - during which they separated for a brief period. Presley commented today, "We shouldn't have got married in the first place. It was a big mistake." She previously wed pop star Michael Jackson in 1994 - following a six year marriage to Danny Keough - before they divorced in 1996. Cage divorced his first wife, actress Patricia Arquette, last year after a six year marriage. »

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More Baby Troubles for Michael Jackson

25 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fallen superstar Michael Jackson could lose his baby boy as Los Angeles authorities begin to investigate whether he is fit to be a father. The singer caused international outrage last week when he dangled a child, thought to be his eight month old son Prince Michael II, over his fifth floor Berlin hotel room balcony. German police have decided not to investigate Jackson after the star held his baby son over a fourth-floor balcony - insisting there is no evidence he committed a crime. Child protection officers in his native California, however, now want to find out who the mother of his baby is so they can ask her if she thinks he is fit to bring up him up. A source says, "Jackson will not be able to say no to their request. They are concerned and watch him like a hawk." Jackson has two other children by former wife Debbie Rowe, who are being brought up on his Neverland ranch, although details of his new child, whose existence was only made public in August, remain sketchy. »

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Jackson Faces Police Over Baby Stunt

22 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

German police are considering legal action against Michael Jackson after he dangled his nine-month-old baby son out of a hotel window in Berlin. The pop superstar stunned fans waiting outside the capital's Adlon Hotel for a glimpse of him, when he emerged with Prince Michael II and held him over the fourth-floor balcony on Tuesday. Despite apologizing for the stunt yesterday, Child protection groups condemned Jackson's actions. And the German police now plan to intervene. Berlin police spokeswoman Christine Rother today vowed they would examine whether the singer committed the crime of "neglect of duty in respect of care and supervision". Rother says, "We are examining if there is cause to open an investigation into whether a crime was committed." »

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Jackson Apologizes After Baby Stunt

21 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop king Michael Jackson has apologized to shocked fans after dangling his nine-month-old son Prince Michael II over a fourth storey hotel balcony in Germany. The superstar said the stunt was a "terrible mistake" and insisted he would "never intentionally endanger the lives of my children." The singer stunned fans waiting outside Berlin's Adlon Hotel for a glimpse of the superstar yesterday when he emerged carrying his youngest child Prince Michael II, before holding him over the balcony. Child protection groups blasted Jackson' actions and even best pal, Israeli spoon-bender Uri Geller called the singer's stunt "silly." But it seems the singer has now seen the error of his ways. In a statement Jackson says, "I made a terrible mistake. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children." »

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Jackson in Dangling Baby Horror

20 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson is in trouble again after he was spotted briefly dangling a barefooted baby over the railing of his fourth-floor hotel window in Berlin. The pop superstar left fans gasping as he held the baby high above their heads in the German capital Tuesday. The King of Pop arrived in Germany to accept a humanitarian award for his charity work with children but his gesture to fans from his hotel window has left many wondering just how safe a parent he is. Fans below gasped as he held a light-skinned baby briefly over the metal railing with one hand. An onlooker says, "People were looking away. I'm sure Michael knew exactly what he was doing and was in complete control but it was a strange thing to do. It could have been a doll but it looked very real." The baby is believed to be Jackson's new child, Prince Michael II. A spokeswoman for the singer says Jackson was traveling with his children. The Thriller singer is already under attack from his former brother-in-law Jack Gordon - who claims in a new book that Jackson used to beat his pet chimpanzee Bubbles. »

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Surgeons' Horror at Jackson's Nose

18 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop prince Michael Jackson's former plastic surgeon has reacted with horror at pictures of him in court this week showing his nose appearing to be held together by a sticking plaster. The surgically-altered star provoked gasps from onlookers at a Santa Monica, California court - where he is being sued for $21 million for allegedly pulling out of two millennium concerts - when he removed his face mask to reveal a swollen face and surgical tape covering a badly damaged nose. The extent of the damage to Jackson's face also sent the plastic surgery community into an uproar, prompting the singer's former surgeon to distance himself from Jackson's new appearance. A representative for Dr. Steven Hoefflin - who admits treating the star in the past - says, "Dr. Steven Hoefflin has not done any of Michael Jackson's nasal surgery since 1998, and had advised him against any further surgery. "We have no information or knowledge about anything that Michael has done recently." Leading US plastic surgeons have also reacted with horror at the result of Jackson's years of cosmetic alterations. New York based surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber confesses to being stunned by the stars appearance; "Clearly, he had some sort of nasal-tip disaster. What probably happened is that he had some sort of support put in there and the tissue broke down. Now, it looks like he has skin grafts or something to close it up. A collapsed nose is very unusual - I've never seen one, and I've done 15,000 rhinoplasties." But New York dermatologist Dr. Pat Wexler insists whoever carried out the work on Jackson should be blamed for his bizarre appearance. Wexler says, "Doctors have an obligation to do what's anatomically and esthetically correct. Occasionally, someone has to say no. It's not that hard. It's just two letters." »

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Jackson Fails to Show at Court

15 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Singer Michael Jackson has mysteriously failed to appear at the second day of his scheduled appearance in a breach of contract suit in Santa Maria, California. The superstar is being sued for allegedly pulling out of two of four millennium concerts organized by Marcel Avram. Jackson, 44, created a stir when he was made a hostile witness as he gave evidence on Wednesday, and revealed his reportedly surgically ravished face after being told to remove his surgical mask. However, Jackson failed to appear yesterday to give evidence in the $21 million suit, and Judge Zel Canter sent the jury home telling them, "Due to circumstances over which we have no control, Mr. Jackson cannot be here right now. We are waiting to find out when he can be here." The Thriller star's lawyer Steve Cochran told reporters, "I don't have any information to provide. I'm sorry." »

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Jackson Fights Promoter in Court

14 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson is in the middle of a new legal battle with a concert promoter after allegedly backing out of two millennium shows. Marcel Avram is suing the pop superstar for $21.2 million in Santa Monica, California, after claiming Jackson backed out of a deal to perform in two concerts in 1999. Avram filed suit in 2000 over the shows, which were to have taken place in Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu, Hawaii. They were part of a package of four Avram-promoted Jackson performances that year, including two charity concerts in Seoul, South Korea, and Munich, Germany. Jackson performed in the charity shows, but when it came time to play the for- profit concerts, the King of Pop allegedly told Avram he wouldn't be performing and didn't say why. Avram claims he was left vulnerable to lawsuits by other creditors for the production and promotional costs of the cancelled shows. The promoter has another suit pending against Jackson - in January, he sued the singer for allegedly reneging on a deal to let Avram handle the touring arrangements behind the Invincible album, arguing that Jackson had gone behind his back and hired a different promoter. That tour has yet to materialize. »

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Brando Documentary Pulled from Film Festival

23 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The world premiere of a documentary about Marlon Brando has been canceled - because the movie legend is threatening to sue the director. American History X filmmaker Tony Kaye spent hundreds of hours filming the Oscar-winner as he taught acting classes to stars such as Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Nolte, Jon Voight, Robin Williams and Michael Jackson for fly-on-the-wall film Conversations With Brando. During the course, reports surfaced The Godfather star conducted some lessons in drag or wearing a priest's outfit. Brando initially was happy for the flick to be released at the Raindance Film Festival in London this month and was planning to sell the video over the internet. However an insider tells entertainment site MSNBC.com, "As of now, it's definitely off. It's hard to figure out exactly what's going on because Brando has become quite, shall we say, eccentric by this point, and Kaye is a bit of a puzzle, himself." Neither Kaye or Brando's representatives made any comment on the reports. »

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Jackson Resorts To Nepotism To Re-Sign

12 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson looks set to sign to Virgin Records - but only because his sister is insisting. Sexy singer Janet is one of Virgin's premiere artists and makes the company a lot of money so has some influence to exert. Now she is reportedly demanding the company sign up her brother following his bitter split from Sony. However, Virgin bosses could be forgiven for being worried about taking on the fading star. His last boss Tommy Mottola is described by the wacky one as "the devil." Meanwhile, Janet is continuing her benevolence towards her troubled sibling by letting the manager who reinvented her career work with him. In a recent speech, the Prince of Pop described John McClain as "the marketing genius" behind him. »

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Britney Confuses Michael Jackson

2 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Britney Spears caused huge embarrassment for Michael Jackson - after her praise of the star led to him believing he'd received an award at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. "Thriller" star Jackson was brought onto the stage by the 20-year-old singer at the start of the ceremony, which took place at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Jackson arrived on stage to a standing ovation from the star studded crowd, who were helping him celebrate his 44th birthday, which fell on the same day. But when Britney told the red-clad icon that she thought he was the "artist of the millennium" and handed him a personal birthday gift, Jackson misunderstood her comments and thought that he was actually receiving an Artist of the Millennium Award from her - even though there was no such category. A proud Jackson took to the stand to announce, "When I was a little boy in Indiana, if someone had told me that one day I'd be getting the Artist of the Millennium award, I wouldn't have believed it. I can't believe it." No mention has been made of the embarrassing faux pas and some American publications even printed pictures of star today, with captions stating that he was receiving the "award". MTV, who admit there was no such honor waiting in the wings for Jackson, describe the award as "unprecedented". »

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Jacko Goes MTV for Birthday

28 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstar Michael Jackson is celebrating his 44th birthday by going to this year's MTV Video Music Awards. The "Dangerous" hitmaker is flying from his current vacation spot in Las Vegas to New York for the bash at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. Reports suggest the music video network will present the King of Pop with a special honor to coincide with his celebrations. However, one of Jackson's closest friends, psychic Uri Gellar, cannot be with the star for his celebrations, as he is in Australia filming a Survivor-type celebrity TV program, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! for British network ITV. »

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