Michael’s timeline : 2003

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.

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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.

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