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.
June 19 : Michael, Grace & the kids secretly leave the US and fly to Paris where they check in the Crillon Hotel.
June 29 : Michael, Grace & the kids leave Paris and go to Manama , the capital of Barhain as guests to Prince Abdullah (a friend of Jermaine).
Early July : Grace takes Prince & Paris to Los Angeles where they get to see Debbie for the first time in years at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
July 11 : Michael Jackson is being sued for $48m in fees by a financial firm that claims the singer owes the money for assistance in refinancing bank debts and claiming a larger stake in a library of The Beatles songs. The company, Prescient Acquisition Group (also known as Prescient Capital Corp), filed a lawsuit against Jackson in the US District Court in Manhattan on Monday evening. According to the lawsuit, the company was employed by Jackson’s MJ Publishing Trust in November 2004 to help him secure financing of $537.5m through another company. The money from the refinancing allowed the singer to pay off bank debts and buy the other half of The Beatles library of songs, which he did not already own. The company has claimed that Jackson and MJ Publishing Trust have not honoured a deal which was agreed, promising Prescient fees worth 9 per cent of the completed financing.
July 20 : In New Orleans , judge Fallon is furious that neither Michael nor any of his layers attended a court proceeding in the Joseph Bartucci case.
Judge Melville orders Sneddon to give back any material belonging to Michael & raided at Neverland except the 1993 body pictures…
July 25 : Sony releases a new double CD Greatest Hits titled “The Essential” as well as the live DVD of The Dangerous Tour in Bucharest .
Birth of London Blue Salas, first son of Stacee Brown & Rex Salas and first grandson of Rebbie & Nathaniel.
August 3 : Two jury members are about to publish a book to say they think Michael is guilty which causes a great controversy…
August 18 : Court Hearing in the Joseph Bartucci case in New Orleans . Judge Eldon Fallon fines Michael $ 10 000 for failing to be represented at a previous hearing.
Michael’s new attorney is Charles Gay & Bartucci’s new attorney is William Pigg.
August 20 : Michael has lunch at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai with a Bahraini delegation.
August 23 : Janet Arvizo is charged with a five counts complaint of welfare fraud by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
August 29 : Michael turns 47. He just spent one week in Dubai with Prince Abdullah & top Arab motor sport personality Mohamed Ben Sulayem.
September 6 : Raymone Bain announces that Michael has penned a new charity song named “From The Bottom Of My Heart” for the victims of the hurricane Katrina in New Orleans . He wants to record the song within the next two weeks with other recording superstars and will release it on 2 Seas Records, a label owned by Prince Abdullah & Jermaine Jackson.
September 16 : Michael phones to Linda Deutsch from the Associated Press through Raymone Bain.
September 23 : Michael is at the Dorchester Hotel in London to give a deposition for Marc Schaffel’s suit. He’s accompanied by his lawyers Thomas Mesereau & Michael Sydow while Schaffel is accompanied by his lawyer Howard King & Dieter Wiesner.
During this 3 week stay in London, Michael makes several visits to Metropolis Studios in Chiswick to record his part in the Hurricane Katrina single now renamed “I Have This Dream”.
October 6 : Michael is at the Dorchester Hotel in London with Grace, Prince, Paris , Blanket, Raymone , Thomas Mesereau & Prince Abdullah.
October 7 : Michael is mobbed by his fans when he goes out of his hotel to go to the legendary recording studio of Abbey Road
October 8 : Michael & Grace take the kids to see the stage show of Billy Elliot. They are accompanied by Mark Lester & his family.
October 9 : Michael goes to Madame Tussaud wax museum with the kids, Raymone, Grace & Prince Abdullah.
October 12 : Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to Harrods where they are greeted by owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
October 16 : Michael & Grace take Prince, Paris & Blanket to see the movie Wallace & Grommit.
October 18 : Michael & his entourage leave London .
October 20 : Michael has once again been summoned to appear in court – but this time as a juror. Thomas Mesereau informs that Michael won’t be be able to attend because he’s seeking permanent resident in Bahrain.
October 27 : Michael’s lawyer Brent Ayscough confirms that Michael has filed a counter suit against Marc Schaffel , accusing him of concealing and misappropriating funds and he has also settled a lawsuit filed by an antiques dealer who alleged he had not fully paid for $380,000 worth of goods.
While in Barhain, Michael coordinates the recording of I Have This Dream in Los Angeles with artists such as R Kelly. The O’Jays, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Shirley Caesar, James Ingram et Babyface. He also renames the song I Have A Dream.
November 5 : Michael & the kids are back in Dubai where they stay at the One and Only Royal Mirage.
November 12 : Michael has to be escorted by the police after mistakenly entering a ladies room in the Egyptian Court of Ibn Battuta Mall (Dubai)
November 14 : Michael attends the Dubai Desert Rally racing tournament at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi hotel in Dubai with close friend and renowned UAE rally driver Mohammad Ben Sulayem and Saeed Hareb, managing director of the Dubai International Marine Club.
November 15 : Michael & the kids arrive in Muscat (Oman) where they stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Michael’s longtime head of security and father figure Bill Bray dies at the end of 80. Michael has a nervous breakdown when he hears the tragic news.
November 19 : Michael & the kids stay at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat
November 21 : Michael’s former business partner & adviser Dieter Wiesner files a civil complaint against Michael & his society Triumph in Los Angeles demanding $64 million for fraud & breach of contract of MJ Net Entertainment.
November 22 : A new controversy arises when US TV show Good Morning America plays excerpts from phone recorded message left by Michael to Marc Shaffel in 2003 which contain an anti-semetic words…
November 24 : Michael, Grace & the kids have Thanksgiving dinner in Muscat with the family of the US Ambassador to Oman, Richard Baltimore
December : After a job interview with Grace, Aileen Medalla, a Filipino teacher leaving in Manama, Bahrein, is hired as a private teacher for Prince, Paris & Blanket.
December 1 : In response to tabloid reports claiming Tom Sneddon is investigating Michael reported use of illegal drugs, Michael’ s lawyer Brent Ayscough says that Michael uses an amount of prescription drugs, but does not take anything illegal or obtain anything in an illegal manner.
December 19 : Court hearing in the Debbie Rowe’ s children visitation rights case in Los Angeles.
On the eve of the deadline date for the reimboursement of Michael’s 270 millions loan to Bank Of America, Fortress Investments accepts to give one more delay to Michael…
December 22 : Michael spends $40 000 in Christmas shopping at Ashraf’s Department Store.
December 23 : Michael spends $35 000 in Christmas shopping at the Panasonic Store. He has invited the Cascio and Lester families to spend the holidays with him in Bahrain and they all came except Frank Cascio who is still upset at Michael.
December 24/25 : Michael takes his kids, the Cascios & Lesters to see King Kong at the Seef Mall Movie Theatre.
Later, they go the to the International Italian Circus and they spend Christmas’s eve all together.
December 30 : Michael & his guests return to the to the Seef Mall to see the new Harry Potter movie.
December 31 : Michael & his guests spend New Year’s eve at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain where they have rented 3 luxury villas.