2004 – Los Angeles police drop an investigation into child abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s made against Michael Jackson. The King of Pop still faces molestation allegations in Santa Barbara, Calif.
2004 – Michael Jackson pleads not guilty to a 10 count indictment which includes charges of child molestation, extortion, false imprisonment, child abduction and giving a minor an intoxicating agent.
2004 – Michael Jackson’s legal team say they are stepping down from representing him in his battle against child molestation case. Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman are replaced by Robert Blake’s former lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr.
2004 – Janet Jackson’s steamy Damito Jo album debuts at No. 2.
2004 – Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying ‘Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.’
2004 – An attorney representing the family of the boy allegedly molested by Michael Jackson files a formal complaint about the leak of a confidential child welfare agency memo. The memo said Jackson was cleared of misconduct after an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
2004 – Guitarist Ben Nightingale leaves Perth popsters The Sleepy Jackson. He’s the third band member to leave the group in the space of a year. Frontman Luke Steele says, “We kinda thought it was permanent, and he thought it was. But now… he’s not really permanent!”
2003 – In an interview with 60 Minutes, Michael Jackson denies allegations of child abuse, saying, “”Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.” He also claims he was roughed up by the Santa Barbara police after he turned himself in to face charges earlier this month.
2003 – Michael Jackson’s chief spokesman quits after the King of Pop gives an interview about child abuse charges to CBS. Stuart Backerman says, “I resigned… over strategic differences with the way things are going.”
2003 – Prosecutors in Santa Barbara, Calif., charge Michael Jackson with nine felony counts involving the alleged abuse of a teenage boy at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The pop star is charged with seven counts of committing a lewd act on a child under age 14 between Feb. 7 and March 10 and two counts of […]
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]
2003 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will induct Prince, George Harrison, Traffic, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, and doo-wop group the Dells in 2004. Yep, still no Foghat.