January 2 : CBS airs a TV Special for Number Ones featuring many young artists speaking about Michael’s influence.
January 12 : While Jermaine gives a press conference outside Hayvenhurst to organize fans’ support, Mark Geragos hosts a big meeting of Michael’s team at the Beverly Hills Hotel attended by Charles Koppleman, Leonard Muhammad, Al Malnik, John Branca, Alan Whitman, Zia Modabber & Kevin Mac Lin.
Marc Schaffel & Dieter Wiesner have lunch with Debbie Rowe at the Ivvy restaurant to talk about her children.
January 15 : Geragos announces that Michael & him have hired top criminal layer Benjamin Brafman.
Gloria Allred asks the Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles to remove Michael’s children from his care.
January 16 : Michael arrives 20 minutes late at the Santa Maria Courthouse where he is formally arraigned. Accompanied by Katherine, Joe, Janet, Jermaine, Tito, Randy, Grace, Karen, Frank Dileo & Leonnard Muhammad. He pleads not guilty to all the charges and judge Rodney Melville imposes a gag order preventing both sides from making public comments about the current case.
After going out of the courthouse, Michael gets on the top of his SUV and invites all the fans for an after arraignment party at Neverland!
January 24 : Social workers from the Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles go to Michael’s rented mansion in Beverly Hills to talk with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.
Michael goes back to Neverland where he gets the visit of Dominic, Eddie & Frank.
Because of the trial Michael & Frank are prohibited from having contact so that is the last time that they speak until the verdict day 18 month later!
January 29 : Janet attends a Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show press conference in Houston, Texas, along with Nelly, Kid Rock, and P. Diddy.
January 30 :Janet and JD attend Maxim Magazine’s “Circus Maximus” party at an undisclosed ranch in Stafford (Texas)
January 31 : The police searches the houses of Marc Schaffel & his assistant Christian Robinson.
February 1 : Janet performs “All For You” & “Rhythm Nation” during the Superbowl Halftime Show and then Justin Timberlake appears on the stage to perform “Rock Your Body” with Janet. Following the line, “better have you naked by the end of this song,” Justin ripps off the fabric that was covering Janet’s right breast.
Virtually seconds after performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, Virgin Records releases a press release officially announcing that Janet’s new album, “Damita Jo,” will be released in the on March 30th.
Michael, who stays with Grace & the children at his friend Ron Burkle’s house in La Jolla, watches his sister Janet’s performance on TV.
February 2 : “Just A Little While” is sent to radios & released digitally as the 1t single from “Damita Jo”. It peaks at #45 on Hot 100 Billboard.
Janet’s breast exposure soon nicknamed the “Nipplegate” causes a huge controversy in the US . CBS, NFL & MTV are furious against Janet & Justin.
Janet goes home to Los Angeles and releases a written statement to apologize.
February 3 : Janet makes a photoshoot with Beyonce & Mary J Blige for an upcoming cover of Essence Magazine. She also releases a short video statement concerning the Nipplegate.
NARAS, the group that distributes the Grammy awards informs Janet that they no longer need her to present an award to Luther Vandross during the ceremony.
February 6 : Upset over what he considers the unfair treatment of Janet by NARAS, JD announces at a press confererence that he is resigning as president of the group’s Atlanta chapter.
February 7 : Michael hires Raymone Bain as new official Spokesperson.
February 10 : While she is finishing work on her new album with Lewis & Jam in their Los Angeles Studio, Janet gives her first interview after the Nipplegate to Ebony Magazine.
February 13 : Janet & JD attend a private gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Lewis & Jam present Janet an award from Behind the Bench, an association of wives of NBA players, for her humanitarian and charitable contributions.
Michael hosts a party for Prince’s 7th birthday with Grace & the children at his friend Ron Burkle’s house in La Jolla.
Geragos & Brafman go to Santa Maria Courthouse where they obtain a delay of the prelimiary hearing to have more time to study the prosecution case.
February 14 : Janet & JD attend the Maxim Magazine Valentines Day Love Party at PaPaz Nightclub in Los Angeles.
February 15 : Janet and JD attend the NBA All-Star basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
February 16 : Michael, Grace, the kids, Omer Bhatti & Dr Sebi arrive in Old Snowman in Colorado where Michael has rented the Meanwhile ranch (close to Aspen)
February 20 : Janet shoots the video for “Just A Little While” directed by Dave Meyers in Los Angeles.
The single “I Want You” is released to radios.
Raymone Bain denies reports claiming that Michael came to Aspen for a detox programme.
Retired family judge Stephen Lachs accepts to mediate Michael & Debbie litigation over her visitation rights on Prince & Paris.
February 21 :Michael hosts a party for Blanket’s 2nd birthday with Grace, Prince, Paris, Omer Bhatti & Dr Sebi in Old Snowman in Colorado where Michael has rented the Meanwhile ranch (close to Aspen).
February 23 : A spokeswoman for Janet confirms that she has been dis-invited from playing an ABC biopic about Lena Horne by Horne herself and her daughter Gail Lumet Buckley, who were incensed by the Nipplegate.
March : Michael’s new official website MJJ SOURCE is launched.
Sneddon sets a Grand Jury proceeding to avoid the preliminary hearing.
Michael, Grace & the kids go to Hawaii.
March 1 : Janet is on the cover of Ebony Magazine.
She rehearses the choreography of “Just a Little While” with Gil & the new Kids.
March 4/5 : Janet shoots the video for “I Want You” directed by Dave Meyers in Los Angeles (with a cameo appearance of JD).
March 6 : Janet and JD attend a Human Rights Campaign awards ceremony at the Centry Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
March 8 : Janet arrives in Paris with Gil & the Kids.
March 9 : Janet attends the world premiere Listening Party of “Damita Jo” at the Perching hall Hotel in Paris. She also makes a photocall with fans and journalists.
Michael Jackson “The One” is released on DVD.
March 10 : Janet & the Kids tape performances of “Just A Little While” on French TV Shows Vivement Dimanche, Le Grand Classement & Hit Machine before leaving for London.
March 11 : In London, Janet tapes an interview for MTV TRL and then she tapes a performance of JALW at Top Of The Pops Saturday. In the evening, she attends a listening party of “Damita Jo.”
March 12 : Janet performs JALW live on TOTP.
March 14 : Janet & the kids fly back to Los Angeles.
March 15 : Janet is on the cover of V magazine with exclusives new pictures.
March 16 : The “I Want You” video is premiered on BET.
March 19 : The Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles refuses to remove Michael’s children from his care.
March 20 : Janet & JD attend the Soul Train Awards where she is presented with the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievement.
Following the ceremony, Janet & JD attend a CD release party titled “A Night With Janet Damita Jo Jackson” at Morton’s in West Hollywood with Jermaine, Jackie & rebbie Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Usher Deborah Gibson, Macy Gray, Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, and Antonio Sabato Jr among others.
March 23 : Janet wears a t-shirt with the words “fuck off” adorned on it while dining at the Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills with JD.
March 24 : Janet tapes interviews for Extra, Access Hollywood & Entertainment Tonight.
March 25 : Secret Jury selection is completed in Santa Barbara.
Michael files a lawsuit in US District Court in Los Angeles to regain possessions that were sold to a European buyer by Henry Vaccaro.
March 25-27 : Janet & the Kids rehearse the choreography of All Nite.
March 29 : Prosecutor Ron Zonen gives his opening statement during the first day of a Grand Jury proceeding where neither Michael nor his lawyers have the rights to appear. Members of the media are also prohibitted from attending.
In NYC, Janet tapes interviews for 1O6 & Park on BET and Late Night With David Letterman.
In the evening, Janet & JD attend a “Damita Jo” release party at the Spice Market restaurant with Courtney Love, Patti LaBelle, MC Lyte, boxer Lennox Lewis, Ja Rule, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Brian McKnight, recent presidential candidate Al Sharpton, Nick Cannon, Island Def Jam President L.A. Reid and Ice-T among others.
March 30 : The album “Damita Jo” is released worldwide.
Gavin & Star Arvizo testify before the Grand Jury.
Michael visits members of the Congress in Washington .
March 31 : Early in the morning and live from the Battery Park in Manhattan, Janet performs “All Nite” & “I Want You” on Good Morning America and she gives a short interview to Diane Sawyer.
Later she makes a photoshoot for Blender magazine.
In the afternoon , Janet signs copies of “Damita Jo” at the HMV in Harlem with JD & Gil by her side.
After that they fly back to Los Angeles.
Janet Arvizo testifies before the Grand Jury.
Michael returns to the Congress to take part in a press conference agains’t AIDS in Africa.
April 1 : Janet & the Kids rehearse for the Ryan Seacrest Show.
Michael is still in Washington where he is presented with a special award from the African Ambassadors’ wives at the Ethiopian Embassy (Grace attends the presentation)
April 2 : Live from Hollywood, Janet performs “All Nite” & “I Want You” on the Ryan Seacrest Show and she cries when Ryan reunites her with her childhood best friend Kendal Seidel.
Geragos & Brafman go to Santa Maria courthouse where they obtain the Arvizo family court documents in the JC Penney case.
Judge Lachs refuses visitation rights to Debbie but he accepts to nullify her 2001 decision to give up her parental tights which sets a new battle between Michael & Debbie’s attorneys.
April 03 : Michael hosts a big party for Paris’s 6th birthday.
Janet, JD & the Kids fly back to New York to rehearse for Saturday Night Live.
April 5 : “I Want You” is released as the second single from “Damita Jo”. It peaks #57 on Hot 100 Billboard.
April 6 : Janet gives an interview to New York radio station Z 100.
April 8 : Janet poses for publicity photos along with “SNL” cast member Jimmy Fallon and “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, who will appear as a special guest on the show.
Michael, Grace & the kids go to Orlando to visit theme parks.
April 10 : Live from New York , Janet is the star of Saturday Night Live on NBC. Aside from the many sketches, she performs “All Nite” & “Strawberry Bounce”.
After the show, Janet attends an after party with JD.
April 11 : Medias report the allegations of Daniel Kapon, a young man who claims to have been abused by Michael when he was a kid. It turns out that the Santa Barbara Police Department did not find him credible and closed this case after investigating it.
April 16/17 : Back in L.A, Janet & the Kids shoot the video for “All Nite” directed by Francis Lawrence.
April 21 : Michael who is is a rented mansion in Orlando learns that he has been indicted by the Grand Jury in Santa Barabara. He asks Randy to intervene quickly.
Janet tapes an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and with the help of Gil teaches Ellen the choreography for “All Nite”
April 24 : Randy hosts a meeting at Michael’s house in Orlando with his civil lawyer Brian Oxman and top criminal lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr.
April 25 : Michael announces that he has changed his legal team. Mesereau officially takes over Geragos & Brafman. He also decides to get rid of the Nation Of Islam and to go back to Neverland.
April 29 : Janet peforms “All Nite” on Tonight With Jay Leno and she kisses him on the mouth.
April 30 : Michael arrives on time at the Santa Maria Courthouse with Katherine, Joe, Grace, Randy, Jackie, Mesereau, Oxman & Raymone Bain.
He pleads not guilty to 10 counts retained by the Grand Jury. The new charges indicate a new timeline of allegations + a charge of false emprisonment + abduction of a child with the help of 5 undicted co-conspirators (Schaffel, Wienser, Konitzer, Tyson & Amen) Outside of the court house, Mesereau & Michael give a little speech before returning to Neverland.
May 1 : LaToya attends the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 4 : While giving an interview on CHUM FM in Toronto Janet announces that her upcoming concert tour will begin on September 17 inVancouver.
Later she gives another radio interview to Flow FM and finally she performs “All Nite” & “I Want You” on Much Music TV show and Just A Little While on Much Demand.
May 5 : Janet performs “All Nite” & “I Want You” on AM and then she flies to NYC to tape an interview on Late Night With Conan O Brian.
May 13 : The “All Nite” video is premiered.
May 14 : Janet tapes a performance of “All For You”, “Just A Little While”, “All Nite” & “I Want You” in Seattle for a MSN exclusive.
May 15 : Janet performs “All Nite” & “All For You” at the Wango Tango Festival in Pasadena.
May 16 : JD hosts up a surprise birthday party for Janet with 50 friends and family members in L.A.
May 18 : Janet & JD arrive in Tokyo, Japan.
May 23 : Janet performs JALW at Hey Hey Hey Show.
Later she performs “All Nite” at the MTV Japon Awards and is presented with th Inspiration Award.
May 24 : Press day for New Zealand & Asia.
May 25 : Janet tapes the Australian TV show Rowe Live.
May 26 : Janet & the Kids leave Tokyo for London.
May 27 : Janet is a guest on the Jonathan Ross Show on BBC.
May 28 : Press & radio interviews
Mesereau goes to the Santa Maria courthouse with Brian Oxman & Joe Jackson for an hearing where Judge Melville sets September 13 as date for the trial to begin.
May 29 : Janet performs “All Nite” at the Festivalbar in Milano
“All Nite” is released as the 3rd & final single from “Damita Jo”.
June : Janet is on the cover of Blender magazine with exclusive photos and a new interview.
June 1 : Janet arrives in Cologne and gives an interview on TV Total.
June 2 : Janet performs “All Nite” at the MChart and is a guest on Anke Late Night.
June 3 : Janet goes to Paris to tape 2 performances of “All Nite” on 20H10 Pétantes & Hit Machine.
June 4 : In London, Janet tapes a performance of “All Nite” on TOTP.
June 8 : Janet gives a radio interview in London.
June 9 : Janet performs “All Nite” on a TV show in Copenhagen.
June 10 : Janet performs “All Nite” on a TV show in Madrid
Randy fires Bob Jones, vice president of MJJ Productions since 1987, after discovering that he is writting a tell all book on Michael. He also stops paying Marc Schaffel.
June 11 : Janet & the Kids fly back home
June 15 : Judge Melville refuses to lower Michael’s bail.
Diane Dimond reveals the details of the Chandler secret financial settlement of 1994…
June 16 :LaToya attends the 2004 Crest Whitestrips Style Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills.
June 18 : Janet performs “All Nite” at a charity festival in Los Angeles.
June 25 : Mesereau goes to a hearing in Santa Maria .
Katherine hosts the graduation party of Austin Brown at Hayvenhurt with Janet, Rebbie, LaToya, Jackie & Tito among others.
Michael, who is in Miami calls Austin to congratulate him.
June 26 : Janet & the Kids interrupt the BET Awards rehearsals and fly to NYC.
June 27 : Janet gives a surprise performance at the annual Dance on the Pier, one of the several parties held during NYC’s Gay & Lesbian Pride Week.
She performs “All Nite” & “Together Again”.
June 29 : Back in L.A, Janet & JD attend the BET Awards where Janet performs a medley of “All Nite/R&B Junkie” (with Elephant Man)
After the show, they attend an after party host by Usher.
July 1 : Michael learns about his friend Marlon Brando’s death.
July 8 : Janet & JD attend an Usher concert at Wembley (London)
Janet & JD go to the Chinawhite nightclub in London.
July 13 : Back in California, Janet & JD attend a private charity gala at Quincy Jones’ home.
July 16 : Janet is on the cover of gay magazine NEXT.
Mesereau goes to Santa Maria where he obtains the trial to be pushed back to January 31st 2005…
August 8 : Janet attends the Teen Choice Awards in L.A where she presents the Teen Choice Courage to Bethany Hamilton, the 13-year-old surg boarder who lost her arm in a 2003 shar attack.
August 9 : Janet gives an interview to Access Hollywood on the set of NBC comedy sitcom “Will & Grace”
After the court Michael & the family go to Neverland to spend time with Prince, Paris & Blanket.
August 26 : Janet & JD visit Disneyworld in Florida.
September 6 : The DVD “From Janet to Damita Jo” is released by Virgin.
The promotion for the album “Damita Jo” is stopped when the single for “R&B Junkie” is canceled.
September 9 : Janet & JD attend Tommy Hilfiger’s Fashion Show in NYC.
September 11 : Janet & JD attend Baby Phat’s Fashion Show in NYC.
Debbie gives an interview to Entertainment Tonight. Considering that she has violated her confidentiality agreement, Randy decides to cancel her annual 1$ million payment.
September 14 : Janet & JD visit New York radio station Hot 97
LaToya attends the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mesereau gives a speech to state that Michael regrets the settlements he has done on the past.
The Jackson family returns to Neverland where Michael has invited the fans and later they all have dinner at the Epihany Restaurant in Santa Barabara.
September 22 : Will & Grace’s episode featuring Janet is aired on NBC.
September 23 : Janet throws a birthday party for JD in a Miami club with Usher, P Diddy, Jay Z & Beyonce among many others.
September 29 : Janet attends a party honouring Dallas Austin in London.
September 30 : Janet attends the MOBO Awards in London where she presents Anita Baker with the Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Janet is also presented with the Icon Hall Of Fame Award
Janet is on the cover of gay magazine GENRE
October 13 : Rita Cosby visits Hayvehurst and tapes an interview with Alejandra, Genevieve, Randy Jr, Donte, Jaafar & Jermahesty for the CBS Early show
LaToya is a guest on the Frank Skinner Show in the UK where she defends Michael.
October 19 : Janet & JD attend the premiere of the movie “Ray” in Hollywood.
October 25 : Janet & JD attend the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas where Nelly presents Janet with the Radio Legend Award.
After the show, they go to an after party with Usher in a Casino.
November : Alejandra files for divorce and Jermaines gets married for the third time to his new girlfriend Halima Rashid.
Alejandra and her children remain at Hayvenhurst with Katherine.
Janet signs a new management deal with Kenneth Crear and Johnny Wright.
Michael’s lawyers go to the Santa Maria Courthouse where Judge Melville refuses to withdraw Tom Sneddon from the case.
A man called Joseph Bartucci files a civil complaint in New Orleans claiming that Michael abused him in May 1984 when he was 18 and he supposedly suppressed that from his memory until 2003…
November 10 : Janet goes to the Dennis Basso Stone private party in NYC.
November 11 : Janet is honored at the 25th annual benefit gala of 100 Black Men Inc in NYC.
November 14 : Janet & JD attend the American Music Awards in L.A where Janet introduces a performance by Usher & Alicia Keys.
Marc Schaffel files a civil complaint in Los Angeles seeking 3 $ millions for money loans. He reveals that he has written a tell all book about Michael with Stuart Backerman.
December : Janet starts working on a new album with JD as executive produce
Michael records a video message to thank his fans on his MJJ SOURCE website.