The trial years : 2002-2005


Mid July : Michael moves into the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas with Prince, Paris & Blanket, their nannies Grace & Patricia & bodyguards.

July 30/31 : Michael invites British journalist Martin Bashir to Neverland to shoot a documentary on his life.

August 6 : Michael Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage in Las Vegas and he introduces them to Blanket. Soon after they tell the press that Michael has a new son thus revealing to the world the existence of Prince Michael Jackson II.

August 26 : Michael invites Chris Tucker to Las Vegas so that they can work on film projects together.

He also invites the Wolf, a German family who lost everything during the recent floods to Neverland.

August 29 : Michael goes to New York City to appear at the MTV Video Awards Ceremony, held at Radio City Music Hall, where Britney Spears presents him a birthday cake for his 44th birthday but Michael misundetstands and gives a thanking speech for the Artist of the Millenium award. The Cascio family attends the event;

Michael opens the gates of Neverland to all the fans that came for his birthday.

September : Michael invites journalist Martin Bashir to Las Vegas . They do interviews and go on a shopping spree with Prince, Paris & Grace.

September 26 : Michael is at Neverland with Martin Bashir to shoot an interview with young Gavin Arvizo who says Michael saved him from cancer. At one point, he holds Michael’s hands and reveals that he has slept over in his bed (Michael adds that he slept on the floor).

October 12 : Michael invites more than 200 members of the US Air Force and their families to spend the day at Neverland.

November 2 : Michael accepts the World Arts Awards through a recorded video message during the World Awards For Men in Vienna.

Early november : Frank Cascio visits Michael at Neverland.

November 13/14/15 : Michael goes to the Santa Maria Courthouse to testify in the Marcel Avram trial. His appearance causes media frenzy.

November 19 : Michael arrives in Berlin, with his three children and Grace.

Later he shocks the world by dangling Blanket over the balcony of his hotel suite because he wanted to show him to the fans.

In the evening he goes to the restaurant with journalist Martin Bashir & business partner Dieter Wiesner.

November 20 : Michael is on the cover of all the tabloids around the world because of the “Balconygate” and although he issues a statement of apologises, he is severly critisized. Michael makes things worse by taking Prince & Paris to the zoo (with Grace, Wiesner & Bashir) but he puts scarfs on their faces to protect their identity which is also severly critisized.

In the evening he attends the charity gala “A Tribute to Bambi” with Wiesner & Bashir where he donates one of his jacket for auction.

November 21 : Michael attends the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presents him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award.

During the ceremony, the video for “What More Can I Give” is premiered.

November 23 : Michael and his entourage fly back home.

November 25 : Janet introduces her new boyfriend Jermaine Dupri to the Jackson family during Thanksgiving dinner at Hayvenhurst.

November 28 : Bunte magazine publishes an interview of Michael

December : Michael invites Dieter Wiesner & Ronald Konotzer at Neverland to work on a 10 year plan named “MJ Universe”.

December 1 : Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to Disney World in Orlando with the Cascio family.

December 3/4 : Michael goes back to the Santa Maria Courthouse to resume his testimony in the Marcel Avram trial. He arrives on crutches after being severly bitten by a spider at Neverland.

December 9 : Live from Neverland, Chris Tucker presents Michael a special award to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Thriller during the Billboard Awards. Frank Cascio and 4 fans are present (including Joanna Thomae).

December 20 : Gold magazine publishes an interview of Michael.

Michael goes to Miami to visit houses and work with Barry Gibb on a charity song.

December 24/25 : Michael celebrates Christmas at Neverland with Prince, Paris, Blanket, the Cascio family, the Bhatti Family, the Schleiter Family & the Farshchian family.


Early Year : Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to a family day at Hayvenhurst.

This is the first time since 1988 that Michael, Janet & LaToya spend time together at Hayvenhurst.

Early January : Michael, who is in Miami , gives an interview to tabloid “The Globe” where he speaks for the first time of his pain from the spider bite and he shows a picture of his leg.

January 5 : Michael visits Maurice Gibbs (one of the Bee Gees) at a Miami hospital

January 11 : Dieter Wiesner & Ronald Konitzer officially take over Michael’s management in a written agreement. They start working on a plan named MJ Universe which Is supposed to relaunch Michael’s carrer.

January 12 : Michael gives his final interview to Martin Bashir in his Miami Hotel. The same day, he hears that Maurice Gibb has died from an heart attack.

January 15 : Michael pays a last respect to Maurice Gibb at the Miami Chapel with his brother Barry.

January 16 : Michael, Prince & Paris have dinner with the Malnik family in Miami.

January 27 : Michael is staying at the Miami Oriental Hotel with Grace, the kids & Dieter Wiesner. He shows Dieter a letter he just received from his accountant Barry Siegel.

February : In a series of letters drawn by Wiesner & Konitzer, Michael terminates his working relationship with John Branca, Barry Siegel, Trudy Green & Howard Koffman.

February 1 : The Cascios join Michael in Miami (Frank, Aldo & Marie Nicole). Mark Lester is also there. Wiesner & Konitzer try to block the airing of Martin Bashir’s documentary after obtaining the final transcrpit.

February 3 : “Living With Michael Jackson”, the Martin Bashir Documentary is premiered in on ITV and gets phenomenal ratings!

February 4 : A huge controversy arises in the UK over Michael’s admission that he loves to share his bed with children & his interview with Gavin Arvizo.

Gavin’s mother, Janet Arvizo agrees to give an interview to the London Daily Mail where she defends MIchael against $4000!

Michael calls gavin and asks him to come to Miami to do a press conference. Following Marc Schaffel’s idea he also calls Debbie to ask her to do an interview for him.

February 5 : Gavin, his mother Janet, brother Star & sister Davellin go to Miami on a private Jet with Chris Tucker. Once arrived, they check in the Turnberry Isle Resort where Michael & his friends stay.

Marc Schaffel convinces Debbie to come to his house and do an interview for Michael by promising her that she will get to see her children. Debbie gives a long interview to journalist Ian Drew in the presence of her lawyer/friend Iris Finsilver, Marc Shaffel, his assistants Christian Robinson & Rudy Provencio, as well as Michael’s new spokesman Stuart Backerman.

Scheffel also hires David LeGrand, a new layer based in Las Vegas

February 6 : Jordy Chandler’s 1993 deposition is leaked on the Smoking Gun website which create a new controversy.

In Miami , Wiesner & Konitzer ask Janet Arvizo to sign a complaint against Granada Television, the company which produced LWMJ.

LWMJ is aired on American’s network ABC. Michael is devastated.

February 7 : Michael decides to cancel the press conference and return to Neverland to give an interview. He leaves Miami in a private Jet with Prince, Paris, Blanket, their nannies Grace & Patricia, his physician Dr Alex Farschian, Marie Nicole & Aldo Cascio, the bodygards Mike LaPerruque, Chris Carter & Danny Crawford as well as Gavin, Star, Davellin & Janet Arvizo.

Febryary 8 : CBS Entertainment (Ed Bradley & Jack Saussman) arrive at Neverland in order to interview Michael for their show 60 Minutes but Michael cancels the interview when he hears about the leak of the Chandler deposition.

Bradley does get to meet Gavin & his family (who volunteer to give an interview to defend Michael!) as well as Mark Geragos, Michael’s freshly hired criminal lawyer who came to Neverland to meet Michael and make Gavin’s mother sign a release stating that Michael’s relation with Gavin was never innapropriate.

With the outtakes from the Martin Bashir interviews captured by Michael’s cameraman Hamid Moslehi, Michael asks his team (Schaffel, Wiesner & Konitzer) to produce & sell a rebuttal TV documentary.

February 9 : David LeGrand hires his girlfrend Ann Gabriel as a consultant for Michael’s PR Team.

Gavin, Star, Davellin, Marie Nicole, Ann & Silvana Ruiz go shopping close to Neverland.

February 11 : Janet Arvizo gets a body wax in a beauty shop close to Neverland.

Michael’s friends, Mark Lester, Robert Evans, Miko & Karen Brando (with their children Prudence & Shane) come to Neverland to support him.

Wiesner & Konitzer (with his family) also stay over at the ranch to work on the TV rebuttal.

February 12 : After an argument with Wiesner & Konitzer, Janet Arvizo asks Jesus Salas (a Neverland employee) to take her & the children to her parent’s house in El Monte . He accepts to take the family out of Neverland in the middle of the night…

February 13 : Michel hosts a Spiderman theme party for Prince’s 6th birthday at Neverland.

Franck Cascio arrives at the ranch and he calls Janet Arvizo on the phone (recording the conversation) to ask her to come back to Neverland in order to avoid the media frenzy.

February 14 : The Los Angeles Family Service opens an investigation on Michael Jackson’s relationship with Gavin based on a phone call made from his school…

Janet & her children go to her boyfriend’s appartment, Jay Jackson.

February 15 : Ann Gabriel is fired by Mark Geragos after wanting to appear on US TV show Access Hollywood as Michael’s Spokesperson.

February 16 : Bradley Miller (Geragos’ private investigator) comes to Jay Jackson ‘s to record a tape interview of Gavin, Star, Davellin & Janet where they defend Michael.

Just after, the Arvizos are taken back to Neverland by Michael’s chauffeur Gary Hearn but once arrived, Janet asks Michael’s bodygard Chris Carter to take her back to her boyfriend’s appartment leaving her children at the ranch with Michael…

February 17 : LA Family Service calls Janet Arvizo to set an interview between her children & social workers on February 20.

February 18 : Santa Barbara Police Department opens an investigation on Michael Jackson based on a letter from Gloria Allred & Carol Lieberman…

February 19 : Hamid Moslehi goes to Neverland to pick up Gavin, Star & Davellin and take them to his house while Vinnie Amen (a friend of Franck) pick up Janet Arvizo & Jay Jackson.

In the presence of Wiesner, Brad Miller, Christian Robinson & Jay Jackson, Janet & her children tape a long interview where they defend MIchael. After the taping ends, Vinnie takes Janet back to Jay Jackson’s and the Arvizo kids back to Neverland. The interview is supposed to be included in the TV rebuttal but Moslehi asks $ 400 000 that he is owed for the Bashir outtakes which Schaffel & Wiesner refuse.

Michael is spotted by fans leaving the Neverland gates in a limousine with his children and Fox TV presenter Maury Pochich. Michael tells them he is on his way to Miami and he invites them to spend the day at Neverland. At night the fans have dinner with Miko Brando, Maria Nicole Cascio and Gavin Arvizo and his siblings.

February 20 : Michael flies to Miami with his children and they stay at Al Malnik’s mansion.

Three social workers come to Jay Jackson’s to interview Gavin & his family. Once again they defend Michael and say nothing innapropriate ever happended.

Chris Tucker’s girlfriend Azja Pryor is there to support the family and after the interview she takes the children to Neverland while Vinnie takes Janet to a federal office in LA in order to obtain birth certificates of the family that they will need to get visas & passeports for a planned trip in Brazil.

“TAKE 2 : The Footage You Were Not Meant To See” is aired on FOX TV. It includes the outtakes of the Bashir interview & the interviews of Debbie, the Jackson family, Karen Faye, Hamid Moslehi & Jamie Massada. The Arvizo family interview is not included after all.

February 21 : Janet Arvizo is back at Neverland and she defends Michael to Fox News’ journalist Rita Cosby who came to the ranch to meet them.

Following the advice of her friend Jamie Massada, Janet consults a lawyer named William Dickerman.

Michael hosts Blanket’s first birthday party at the Malnik’s house in Miami.

February 25 : Franck & Vinnie take Janet Arvizo to the Laugh Factory where she has a second meeting with Dickerman.

After that, they take the family to the Calabasas Inn where they stay for 5 days in order to obtain the Visas and look for a new appartment paid by Michael for the family.

March 1 : The family’s appartment is emptied at the mother’s request and their belongings are put into storage (paid by Michael)

March 2 : Franck & Vinnie take the family back to Neverland where they meet Michael & his children who are back from Miami.

March 3 : Michael’s cousins, Rijo & Simone Jackson arrive at Neverland.

March 5-9 : Michael & his children stay at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Brazil trip is cancelled.

March 9 : On his way back to Neverland, Michael invites several fans that he knows well (Joanna Thomae, Jen Winings, Souhil Giroud & Ahmad Elatab) to spend the day with him at the ranch and on a shopping spree at the local Toys ‘R Us with Franck Cascio and the Arvizo kids. They all witness the complicity between Michael & Gavin. Later Michael’s fans spend the night at Neverland’s theatre.

March 10 : Vinnies takes Gavin to the hospital for a urine test. On the way back, he drops Janet Arvizo at her boyfriend’s and takes Gavin back to Neverland.

March 11 : Vinnie takes Janet Arvizo to the Los Angeles family court where she obtains an increase of her ex husband child support.

March 12 : Janet calls Franck & Vinnie to ask them to take her children to their grandparent’s in El Monte because they are supposedly sick.

The family officially moves into Jay Jackson’s appartment and cuts every contact with Michael & his team..

March 14 : Michael is ordered to pay $5,3 million to concert promoter Marcel Avram for the cancellation of the Millenium Concerts.

Mid March :  On his way to to a skateboards shop in Lompoc with his cousins Anthony, Elijah & Levon, Michael takes his fan Joanna with them and kisses her in front of his cousins. Later, back at Neverland they all watch movies together. The day after, Michael leaves Neverland to take a flight to Miami with his kids. Joanna stays at Neverland for a few days without Michael then she leaves.

March 26 : William Dickerman sends a letter to Mark Geragos asking for the family belongings to be returned.

From Miami, Michael goes to Acapulco in Mexico with the Malnik family, Brett Ratner & Chris Tucker for a movie project and they shoot some footage for the upcoming Private Home Movies, a Fox TV Special.

March 29 : Michael returns to Neverland.

March 31 : Michael & his children go back to Miami where they are the guests of Al Malnik.

April 1 : Michael & Chris Tucker visit lawyer Willie Gary in Stuart (Florida).

April 2 : Michael, Chris & Brett have dinner at the Forge Restaurant in Miami with Al Malnik & Serena Williams.

April 3 : Michael hosts a party for Paris 5th birthday at Al Malnik’s home in Miami with Prince, Blanket, Grace and the Malnik family.

April 6 : Michael makes a surprise appearance at the Palm Beach Film Festival Grand Gala Awards Show joining Chris, Brett, Robert Evans & Al Malnik at the centre table.

April 16 : The Santa Barbara Police Department closes his investigation with no elements against Michael. Dickerman sends the family to consult Larry Feldman (the lawer who negociated the civil settlement between Michael & the Chandlers )

April 17 : During a shopping spree in Santa Monica with Prince & Paris, Michael meets his sister LaToya!

April 24 : Michael Jackson “Private Home Movies” airs on Fox TV. Michael hosts this two-hour special from his movie theatre in Neverland.

May 1 : Michael is spotted on a shopping spree in Aventura, Florida.

Early May : Michael returns to Acapulco for a three days stay.

May 9 : Michael files a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court seeking unpaid royalties for his Motown recordings.

May 15 + 29 : Larry Feldman sends Gavin, Star & Davellin to consult Stanley Katz. (the psychologist who “analysed” Jordy Chandler)

May 17 : Wearing Seventies clothes and an afro wig, Michael attends a party at Miami’s Forge night-club for owner Al Malnik’s 70th birthday with Aldo Cascio, Chris Tucker, Brett Ratner & Wiesner among others.

May 20 : Michael arrives in Indianapolis with his cousins Rijo, Simone, Elijah & Levon. He came to give a deposition in court following a lawsuit brought by Steeltown Records boss Gordon Keith.

May 21 : Before he is able to give his deposition, Michael is taken ill and decides to fly back to LA.

May 27 : Michael takes Prince & Paris to Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

May 30 : Michael attends a party at Robert Evans’ house to celebrate the launch of Brett Ratner’s book. Later, Michael shows up at a MTV Movie Awards after party at Ron Burkle’s Beverly Hills Mansion where he meets Puff Daddy & Paris Hilton among others.

June 9 : Michael attends the National Cable Telecommunications Association conference in Chicago with Chris Tucker to support his brother Marlon and his channel MBC.

He then returns to Indianapolis.

June 10 : Michael finally gives his deposition in Indianapolis before going to Merville.

Michael hires Charles Koppleman as a new business adviser.

June 11 : Accompanied by Karen and his cousins Elijah & Levon, Michael returns to his hometown Gary. Michael first goes to the City Hall where the Mayor King presents him with a Key to the city. He then returns to his childhood home 2300 Jackson Street that now belongs to a cousin of Joseph Jackson! Later, Michael visits Roosevelt High School and in the evening he attends “Salute to the Troops”, an event held at the Baseball Stadium

The lawsuit between Myung-Ho Lee and Michael has been settled out of court.

June 12 : Michael attends a Rainbow/PUSH Coalition breakfast planning meeting with Reverend Jesse Jackson in Chicago.

June 13 : After weeks of backgound plotting, Feldman & Katz finally report the allegations of the family to the Santa Barbara County Sherriff. District Attorney Tom Sneddon asks Feldman not to file a civil suit before he has completed a criminal investigation…

Michael is back in Los Angeles.

June 15 : Michael invites the German family Wolf to Neverland.

June 16 : Michael is one of the 3000 people who attend a memorial service for Gregory Peck in Los Angeles.

June 24 : Michael makes a surprise appearance at the BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to present James Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

LaToya also attends the ceremony and poses with Michael backstage.

June 27 : Michael records “One More Chance” at Marvin’s studio in L.A.

Early July : After Katherine Hepburn dies, Michael supports her family.

July 04 : Michael, Grace, Prince, Paris & Blanket spend the Independance Day with the Malnik family and Brett Ratner in Miami Beach.

July 12 : Michael goes on a boat in Santa Monica where the ashes of Barry White are thrown in the sea.

July 26 : Michael hosts the “Joe Jackson Day” in Neverland (attended by Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Janet, JD & LaToya) but after too many people show up, he decides to leave the ranch with his children and they go to Monterey to spend the week end.

August 29 : Michael celebrates his 45th birthday at Neverland with family & friends (The Cascios, The Bhattis & The Brandos).

Michael invites his fans inside Neverland bit his house is off limits.

Michael invites a young singer named Nisha Kataria to live at Neverland for 6 weeks in order to record a song with her. Dieter Wiesner becomes her manager.

August 30 : Michael attends a fan-club party for his birthday with the Cascio family, Omer Bhatti, Prudence Brando, Karen Faye & Dieter Wiesner among others. The show is hosted by Steve Harvey and at the end Michael gives a long speech to thank his fans and announce his future plans…

August 31 : Michael returns to Neverland.

September 6 : Michael invites a group of fans to spend the day with him, Grace & the children at Neverland.

September 8 : Michael goes to Montreal with Dieter Wiesner

September 10 : Michael goes to Toronto to study new 3D techniques. He gives a telephone interview to DJ Rick Dees of US radio station KISS FM.

September 12 : Michael goes back to Neverland.

September 13 : Michael opens the gates of Neverland for a special charity day with many celebrities such as Mike Tyson, Rodney Jerkins, Chris Tucker, Nick & Aaron Carter. Michael shows up for 5 minutes to thank everyone for coming.

October : Michael invites the whole Jackson family to Neverland for a special photoshoot including Prince, Paris, Blanket, Omer Bhatti, Katherine, Joe, Rebbie, Jermaine, LaToya, Randy, TJ, Auggie among others. For the occasion Michael meets his half sister Joh Vonnie and her daughter Yasmine for the first (and only) time.

October 1 : During a charity event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael presents the Medical Visionary Award to Dr Alan Metzger in recognition for his work to aid LUPUS patients.

October 6 : Michael & Dieter have a meeting with representatives of CinéGroupe at Neverland Ranch. They agree to be partners in the project to be named “MJ Studios – The Movie Studio of Tomorrow”.

October 15 : Michael & Janet attend Tito’s 50th birthday party with all the Jackson family.

Janet & Rene’s divorce dispute is settled out of court.

“One More Chance”, the single from the forthcoming Number Ones compilation is premiered on radios.

October 25 : Michael is in Las Vegas to receive the keys of the city from Mayor Goodman and promote “What More Can I Give”. He is accompanied by his friend Mark Lester & manager Dieter Wiesner.

During a private ceremony, Michael is named Godfather of Mark Lester’s children and Mark Lester is named Godfather of Michael’s children.

October 27 : “What More Can I Give” is made available as a download on the Internet.

In the evening, Michael premieres the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyonce also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.

October 31 : Michael celebrate Halloween in Las Vegas with the kids.

November 8 : Michael attends a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas.

November 15 : During the Charity Awards, Michael accepts a Oneness Award via satellite because he is busy shooting the video for “One More Chance” in Las Vegas .

November 17 : Michael is shooting the video for “One More Chance” in Las Vegas with Aldo & Marie Nicole Cascio. He is staying at Villa One at the Mirage Hotel with Grace, Prince, Paris, Blanket & Dieter Wiesner.

November 18 : The Number Ones CD & DVD are released in the .

Tom Sneddon chooses this specific day to raid Neverland with a search warrant accompanied by 7O members of the Santa Barbara County Sherriff.

Diane Dimond is the first “journalist” to report the news for Court TV (she was informed of this raid by Sneddon).

Other searches are done at Bradley Miller (Mark Geragos’ private investigator) & Hamid Moslehi (Michael’s videographer) ‘ houses.

Michael issues a statement through his spokesman Stuart Backerman.

Katherine, Rebbie, LaToya, Jeffre & Jermaine visit him at the Mirage Hotel where he just had a nervous breakdown.

Aldo & Marie Nicole Cascio fly back home to New Jersey.

November 19 : While the news of the Neverland search is covered by every media around the world, DA Tom Sneddon & Sherriff Jim Anderson give a press conference to announce that they have a stop warrant against Michael in connection to new allegations of child molestation made by a 12 year old boy. Media learn that the boy accusing Michael is Gavin.

After destroying his hotel suite Michael is asked to leave the Mirage Hotel with Grace & the Kids. They move to the Green Valley Ranch on the southern outskirts of Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.

November 20 : Michael arrives at the Santa Barbara airport in a private Jet with Grace & his attorney Mark Geragos where he is handcuffed and taken to the Santa Barbara County main jail. He is allowed to walk free after posting a $3 million bail, posing for a mugshot and being advised of the charges against him.

Geragos gives a press conference to refute those allegations;

Michael flies back to Las Vegas. Back to Green Valley Ranch, TV trucks and reporters surround the hotel. Michael and his entourage move again to the Ritz Carlton Hotel on the south-western outskirts of Las Vegas.

November 21 : Michael’s mugshot is on the front page of every newspapers in the world. A media frenzy explodes in America & Europe with tons of talk shows being dedicated to this new controversy.

November 24 : Michael & Mark Geragos sue Extra Jet for illegally taping them during their flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara.

Late november : A delegation from the Nation Of Islam (the NOI) led by Louis Farrakhan, his son and son-in-law Leonard Muhammad meet Michael in his Ritz Carlton suite.

Soon after the NOI take over Michael’s security. His former bodyguards are fired.

Dieter Wiesner flies back to Germany.

NOI cut contacts between Michael and his team (Dieter Wiesner, Ronald Kontizer & Marc Schaffel).

Early December : Michael, who does not consider Neverland as his home anymore, moves in a rented mansion named Coldwater Canyon House in Beverly Hills with Grace & the kids.

December 18 : Prosecutors formally charge Michael with seven counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administrating an intoxicating agent to a child for the purpose of committing a crime during a timeline going from February 7 to March 20 2003.

Mark Geragos denies all these allegations during a special interview at the Larry King Show featuring also Jermaine who alleges that Michael was mistreated by the police during his arrestation.

December 20 : Michael returns to Neverland for the first time since it was searched for a private get together entitled “You Are Not Alone” which about 600 friends & family attend (including Janet & LaToya). The event is organised by Grace. Michael attends the celebration surrounded by his parents and siblings. Many friends and family members give speeches of support. Michael also gets to hug his biggest fans like Joanna and Talitha.

December 24 : Michael celebrates Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket, Eddie, Aldo & Dominic Jr at the Coldwater Canyon House.

December 25 : From the Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael gives an interview to Ed Bradley (shown on CBS’s 60 minutes 3 days later) in the presence of Mark Geragos, Leonard Muhammad & Grace.

December 30 : Stuart Backerman resigns because of the presence of the Nation Of Islam.

December 31 : While the media claim that the NOI has taken over Michael’s business, a worried Debbie who can’t get in touch with Michael & her children decides to file for visitation rights.

The Santa Barbara Sherriff Jim Anderson gives a press conference to denies Michael’s claim that he was manshandled by the police during his arrestation.

Michael spends New year’s eve at the Coldwater Canyon House with Mark Lester.


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 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.

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 7 : Michael hires Raymone Bain as new official Spokesperson.

February 13 : 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 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 : 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).

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 9 : Michael Jackson “The One” is released on DVD.

March 19 : The Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles refuses to remove Michael’s children from his care.

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 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.

March 30 : Gavin & Star Arvizo testify before the Grand Jury.

Michael visits members of the Congress in Washington .

March 31 : Michael returns to the Congress to take part in a press conference agains’t AIDS in Africa.

April 1 : 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 : 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.

April 8 : Michael, Grace & the kids go to Orlando to visit theme parks.

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 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.

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 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 28 : 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.

June : 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 15 : Judge Melville refuses to lower Michael’s bail.

Diane Dimond reveals the details of the Chandler secret financial settlement of 1994…

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.

July 1 : Michael learns about his friend Marlon Brando’s death.

July 4 : Michael celebrates Independance day in Miami with Grace and the kids.

July 9 : During a hearing in Santa Maria , Judge Melville scolds Michael for violating the gag order in a written statement.

July 20 : The story of a woman claiming to bear Michael ‘s quadruplets dominates gossip medias…

July 27 : Michael is seen shopping at Memorial City Hall in Houston with a friend of Randy called Monique.

Mesereau goes to Santa Maria where he obtains the trial to be pushed back to January 31st 2005…

August 2 : Michael’s lawyers depose a motion against Sneddon for violating the gag order.

August 6 : VH1 hairs Man In The Mirror, a TV film about Michael’s life and scandals.

August 15 : Michael attends church service with Randy, Mesereau, Oxman & Steve Harvey in South Central, Los Angeles;

August 16 (Day 1 of pre-trial) : Even though his presence is not complulsory, Michael goes to the Santa Maria courthouse. Accompanied by Katherine, Joe, Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Grace, Karen, Mesereau & Oxman to watch district attorney Tom Sneddon testify about the search of Brad Miller. After the court Michael & the family go to Neverland to spend time with Prince, Paris & Blanket.

August 17 (Day 2) : Testimony of Stanley Katz (Gavin’s psychologist)

August 19 (Day 3) : Testimonies of Jay Jackson & William Dickerman. The defense plays a video tape of the Neverland search.

August 20 (Day 4) : Testimonies of Joseph Marcus & Violet Silva about the Neverland search.

August 23 (Day 5) : Because she has just given birth to a baby boy, Janet Arvizo Jackson can’t go testify so the pre-trial is delayed…

August 30 : For his 46th birthday, Michael takes all the Jackson family (including Janet, JD, LaToya & Jeffre) to the Noe Restaurant at the Omni Hotel of Los Angeles.

September 3 : TV show Dateline reveals that Michael made a second financial settlement with Blanca Francia in 1995 to avoid a new scandal involving her son Jason.

September 13 : New controversy around the book of Raymond Chandler, Jordy’s uncle who never met Michael Jackson but pretends to know the truth about his relationships with children…

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 15 : Police search the house of Evvy Tavasci, Michael ‘s assistant since 1991!

September 16 (Day 6) : The pre- trial resumes in Santa Maria .

September 17 (7th day): Even though his presence is not complulsory, Michael goes to the Santa Maria . Accompanied by Katherine, Joe, Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Grace, Karen, Mesereau & Oxman to watch Janet Arvizo Jackson testify.

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.

October 4 : Michael’s lawyers present a motion to withdraw Tom Sneddon from the case because of his too personal involvment.

October 12 : Michael calls the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show to ask TV networks not to air Eminem new video which makes fun of him. BET accepts but not MTV which creates a new controversy.

October 13 : Rita Cosby visits Hayvehurst and tapes an interview with Alejandra, Genevieve, Randy Jr, Donte, Jaafar & Jermajesty for the CBS Early show in support of Michael.

October 14 : Michael’s layers go to the Santa Maria Courthouse where Judge Melville refuses to withdraw the case and to suppress any elements taken during the search of Neverland and Brad Millers’ offIce.

LaToya is a guest on the Frank Skinner Show in the UK where she defends Michael.

October 15 : Steve Cochran leaves Michael’s legal team.

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.

November 4 : 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 11 : Michael makes a phone call to the Geraldo Riveira Show to speak against the Eminem video

November 16 : Sony releases Michael Jackson : The Ultimate Collection featuring 4 CD’s of hits and unreleasing songs + a live DVD of the Dangerous Tour.

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.

November 20 : Brian Michael Stoller’s comedy “Miss Cast Away” featuring Michael is released on DVD

November 29 : Michael’s lawyers go to the Santa Maria courthouse where Judge Melville refuses them the right to have a psychiatrist analyse the Arvizo family.

December 3 : More than one year after searching Neverland, the Santa Barabara Police investigators come back to the ranch to make pictures and measures…

December 4 : Michael accepts to provide a sample of his saliva to the police for DNA testing.

December 17 : Michael (accompanied by Karen & Raymone) welcomes 200 unprivilged children to spend the day at Neverland. 50 journalists are also invited including Geraldo Rivero whom Michael thanks for his support.

December 20 : During a hearing at the Santa Maria Courthouse, Judge Melville refuses defense request to delay the trial for 6 weeks.

Michael records a video message to thank his fans on his MJJ SOURCE website.

December 21 : Hamid Moslehi (Michael’s videographer from 96 to 2003) files a civil complaint agains’t Michael for non payment of his work on Take 2 and Private Home Movies.

December 24/25 : Michael spends Christmas at Neverland with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.


January 19 : After the leaks of the Grand Jury transcripts to the media, Judge Melville gives Michael permission to react. He gives an interview to Geraldo Rivera. During the interview he reveals that he is working with his bothers on a song to benefit the victims of the Tsunami disaster.

January 21 : ABC airs a 20/20 interview of LaToya & Katherine taped at Hayvenhurst where they defend Michael.

January 30 : Michael releases a video statement approved by Judge Melville.

January 31 (Day 1 of Jury selection) : Michael arrives at court without his family and friends due to a lack of space in the courtroom.

February 1 (day 2) : Michael goes to court where Jury selection continues.

February 2 : Michael’s lawyers attend a court hearing for Debbie’s visitation rights.

February 5 : Fox News airs Michael’s interview with Geraldo Rivera + an interview of Katherine at Hayvenhurst.

February 13 : Michael celebrates Prince’s 8th birthday at Neverland.

February 14 (day 3) : Michael goes to court where Jury selection resumes after a break due to Mesereau’s sister death.

February 15 : Jury selection is once again delayed after Michael gets sick on his way to the courthouse. He is taken to the Marion hospital where he spends the night.

February 16 : Katherine, Joe & Jermaine visit Michael at the hospital before he goes back to Neverland to rest.

February 21 : Michael hosts a party for Blanket’s 3rd birthday.

February 22 (day 4) : Michael goes to court where Jury selection continues.

February 23 (day 5) : Michael goes to court where the 8 members of the Jury are selected.

February 24 (day 6) : Michael goes to court where the 8 alternate members of the Jury are selected.

February 25 : Michael goes to court to attend the last preliminary hearing before the trial starts.

February 28 (Day 1 of the trial) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Jermaine. District attorney Thomas Sneddon Jr gives his opening statement followed by Thomas Mesereau’s.

March 1 (Day 2) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Jackie. Mesereau completes his opening statement. The prosecution opens his case by showing the Martin Bashir documentary to the Jury before calling Bashir as the first witness. His testimony is followed by the one of Ann Gabriel.

March 2 (Day 3) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Jackie. Ann Gabriel is cross examined by the defense.

March 3 (Day 4) : Michael goes the court with Jackie & Katherine. The prosecution shows a video of the Neverland search to the Jury. Albert Lafferty testifies followed by Davellin Arvizo.

March 4 (Day 5) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, LaToya & Jermaine. The prosecution shows the rebuttal interview of the Arvizo family made by Michael’s team. Davellin Arvizo is cross examined by Mesereau.

March 7 (Day 6) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jermaine. Mesereau finishes Davellin Arvizo’s cross examination. The prosecution presents the audio interview of the Arvizo family to the Jury before calling their next witness : Star Arvizo.

March 8 (Day 7) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jermaine. Mesereau cross examines Star.

March 9 (Day 8) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Jermaine & Tito. Mesereau completes the cross examination. The next witness is Gavin Arvizo.

March 10 (Day 9) : Michael arrives one hour late and dressed with pajamas with Katherine, Joe, Jermaine & Tito because a terrible back-ache took him to the emergency room of the hospital. Gavin’s testimony resumes.

March 11 (Day 10) : Michael does not attend today’s hearing which is dedicated to motions.

March 14 (Day 11) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Jackie & Tito. Mesereau cross-examines Gavin.

March 15 (Day 12) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Jackie & Tito. Mesereau completes Gavin’s cross examinations. The following prosecution witnesses are Steve Robel & Jeff Klapakis.

March 16 (Day 13) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. The prosection shows to the Jury the erotic material found during the Neverland search.

March 17 (Day 14) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Kiki Fournier & Fritz Coleman.

March 18 (Day 15) : Special motions hearing without Michael & the Jury.

March 21 (Day 16) : Michael is once again taken to the hospital because of back pain. He then goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jackie where a doctor explains the health state of Michael to the judge who agrees to let him go home. Testimonies of detective Conn Abel, flight attendent Lauren Wallace & child molestation specialist Anthony Urquiza.

March 22 (Day 17) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimony of Louise Palanker.

March 23 (Day 18) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Robert Cooley, Craig Bonner & Dr Antonio Cantu.

March 24 (Day 19) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Jackie & Marlon. Testimonies of Dr Antonio Cantu & Lisa Hermann.

March 25 (Day 20) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies about Michael & Gavin’s DNA found on the same porno magazine.

March 27 : Michael gives a radio interview to Reverend Jesse Jackson.

March 28 (Day 21) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimony of George Lopez.

March 29 (Day 22) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Jaimie Massada & Cynthia Ann Bell.

March 30 (Day 23) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Cynthia Ann Bell is cross examined. The next prosecution witnesses are Stanley Katz & William Dickerman

April 1 (Day 24) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Jeff Klapackis, Jack Green, Larry Feldman & Jesus Salas.

April 3 : Michael celebrates Paris’s 7th birthday at Neverland

April 4 : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Jesus Salas is cross examined. The next witness is Jason Francia. Back at Neverland, Michael is welcomed by many fans who led by Karen Faye have decorated the ranch gates with rose petals. To thank them, he invites them to his home where they meet Prince, Paris & Blanket + get each a signed box set of Michael’s Ultimate Collection!

April 5 (Day 26) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Jason Francia is cross examined. Then his lawyer Chriss Kallman & his mother Blanca Francia testify.

April 6 : Michael attends the funerals of his old criminal layer Johnnie Cochran.

April 7 (Day 27) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Tito. Testimonies of Ralph Chacon & Adrian Mc Manus.

April 8 (Day 28) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Tito. Adrian Mc Manus is cross examined. Testimony of Phillip Lemarque.

April 11 (Day 29) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Tito & Jackie. Testimonies of Bob Jones & Stacy Brown (who are writting a “tell all” book on Michael) followed by Duane Swingler & June Chandler (Jordy’s mother!)

April 12 (Day 30) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Jackie. Testimony of Jay Jackson (Gavin’s stepfather)

April 13 (Day 31) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. Jay Jackson is cross examined. He is followed by his wife Janet Arvizo Jackson who pleads the 5th amendment to avoid questions about her welfare fraud.

April 14 (Day 32) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. Janet Arvizo Jackson’s testimony goes on.

April 15 (Day 33) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. The prosecution shows the Jury surveillance videos of the Arvizo family by Brad Miller. Mesereau then begins the cross examination of Janet Arvizo Jackson.

April 16 (Day 34) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. Mesereau finishes Janet’s cross examination. The next witnesses are her mother Maria Ventura, Michael Davy & Janet Williams.

April 20 (Day 35) : Michael goes to court with Katherine Testimony of Brian Barron.

April 21 (Day 37) : Michael goes to court with Katherine Cross examination of Brian Barron then Judge Melville hears several motions without Michael & the Jury.

Janet presents an award to Coretta Scott King during the Atlanta Hero Awards at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.

April 25 (Day 38) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimony of Kaseem Abdul. Brian Oxman is fired by Mesereau.

April 26 (Day 39) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Cynthia Montgomery & Hamid Moslehi.

April 27 (Day 40) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jackie. Testimony of Debbie Rowe.

April 28 (Day 41) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jackie. Cross examination of Debbie & then testimony of her lawyer Iris Finsilver.

April 29 (Day 42) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jackie. Testimony of Ian Drew. The prosecution shows the Jury a book on children found at Neverland…in 1993!

May 2 (Day 43) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of detective Craig Bonner & Beverly Wagner.

May 3 (Day 44) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Steve Robel, John Duross & Rudy Provencio.

May 4 (Day 45) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. The prosecution rests its case after Rudy Provencio’s cross examination.

May 5 (Day 46) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jermaine. The defense opens his case with the testimonies of Wade Robson & Brett Barnes (who stay at Neverland with their families)

May 6 (Day 47) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Joy & Chantal Robson + Marie & Karlee Barnes.

May 9 (Day 48) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jermaine. Testimonies of Francine Contreras, Gayle Goforth, Violet Silva, Ramon Velasco & Joe Marcus.

May 10 (Day 49) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Cross Examination of Joe Marcus.

May 11 (Day 50) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimony of Macauley Culkin. The defense then shows the Jury the outtakes of the Bashir interviews.

May 12 (Day 51) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Carlos Velasco & David LeGrand.

May 13 (Day 52) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Randy. Testimony of Mark Geragos.

May 16 (Day 53) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Randy. Testimonies of Dr Jean Seamount, Tiffany Haynes, Carole Mc Coy, Kathryn Bernard, Maria Gomez, Shane Meredith, Brian Salce, Russ Birchim & Angel Vivanco.

May 17 (Day 54) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Randy. Cross examination of Angel Vivanco followed by the testimonies of Irene Peters, Karen Walker & Simone Jackson (Michael’s cousin)

May 18 (Day 55) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Randy. Cross examination of Simone Jackson followed by the testimonies of her brother Rijo , their mother Michelle Jackson (Michael’s aunt), Christian Robinson & Vernee Watson-Johnson.

May 19 (Day 56) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. The judge refuses to allow the testimonies of Larry King & Michael Viner because they are “hearsay”. The next witness is Chris Tucker’ girldriend Azja Pyor. The defense then proceed by showing to the Jury a video presentation of Neverland.

May 20 (Day 57) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Randy. Mark Geragos completes his testimony.

May 23 (Day 58) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. Testimonies of Mercy Manriquez, Michael Radakovitch, Marion Arvizo & Connie Keenan.

May 24 (Day 59) : Michael goes to court with Katherine. Testimonies of Jay Leno, Sulli McCullough, Monica de los Santos, Mary Holzer, Anthony Ranieri, Karen Brando, Prudence Brando, Dr Philip Esplin, Julio Avila, Leslie Wraggs, Arlene Kennedy & Chris Tucker.

May 25 (Day 60) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. The defense rests its case after Chris Tucker’s cross examination. The prosecution then opens it’s rebuttal with the testimonies of Timothy Rooney & Jesus Salas.

May 26 (Day 61) : Michael goes to court with Katherine & Joe. Testimonies of Christine Klausner, Gearge Erwin & William Dickerman.

May 27 (Day 62) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Randy. Testimonies of Steve Robel & Craig Bonner. The prosecution rests their rebuttal by showing the Jury a video of Gavin police deposition in July 2003. The defense declines to make a rebuttal so Judge Melville declares the testimonies over.

May 31 (Day 63) : Special hearing where the Judge & the lawyers determine the rules of Jury deliberations. Neither Michael, nor the Jury attend court.

June 1 (Day 64) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Randy where Judge Melville gives the Jury the rules of Jury Deliberations.

June 2 (Day 66) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Randy, Jermaine & Tito. Ron Zonen gives his closing statement followed by Tom Mesereau who doesn’t have time to finish.

Frank Tyson speaks for the first time to defend MIchael in an interview to Prime Time Live on ABC.

June 3 (Day 67) : Michael goes to court with Katherine, Joe, Janet and LaToya. Tom Mesereau completes his closing arguments.

June 3-13 : While Jury deliberations take place, the whole Jackson family waits for the verdict at Neverland.

June 13 : The Jury reaches a verdict. Michael and the Jackson family goes to court where he is acquitted on all counts! They go back to Neverland. The trial is over.

Family and friends gather at Neverland to celebrate but Michael is too tired and he goes to sleep early.

June 14 : Michael’s acquittal is seen everywhere in the media. Mesereau gives an interview to Larry King. Michael, Grace and the kids leave Neverland and go to San Diego to stay at Deepak Choprah’s place.

June 17 : Michael’s passeport is returned to him as well as his $3 million bail.

Previous era : Invincible years : 1998-2002

Next era : The final years/This Is it : 2005-2009

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