Events prior to the trial
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. The first act is to fire Michael’s previous managers Trudy Green & Howard Koffman. They also work on a plan named MJ Universe which Is supposed to relaunch Michael’s career.
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.
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 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 gaining $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 lawyer 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 asks Janet Arvizo to sign a complaint against Granada Television, the company which produced LWMJ.
LWMJ is aired on American’s network ABC.
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 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, Weisner & 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 suport 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 taker 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 : Michael hosts a Spiderman theme party for Prince’s 6th birthday at Neverland.
Franck Cacsio/Tyson 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 Frank) 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 the family back to Jay Jackson’s.
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.
February 20 : Michael leaves for Miami with his children and they stay at Al Malnik’s mansion.
3 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 …
An assortment of direct quotes from each of the Arvizo family members as they answered the Michael Jackson related questions for the Department of Children &
Family Services on February 20, 2003. The interview was tape recorded by social workers. The excerpts displayed below come from verbatim transcripts of this tape recording:
Janet Arvizo DCFS Interview Excerpts
Janet Arvizo: Michael is like a father to my children. He’s like family. Michael gives advice to my children and that is something that they have never had with their father. He loves them and I trust them with him.
Question: Were you aware that Gavin and Star slept in bed with Michael Jackson, according to the broadcast?
Janet Arvizo: My Children are never solely alone with Michael Jackson. There’s always someone around. When we go to Neverland, we’re always around people. Sometimes I stay in the visitor’s quarters, but mostly I am in the main house. Gavin, Star and Davellin have all been in Michael’s room. Yes, Gavin and Star have been with Michael on his bed watching TV. As to the allegations that they share a bed, it is no… I’m usually up walking around the house all night long. The room is open and there are no doors to shut. It makes me sick that someone accuses Michael of doing harm to my son and other children, when he has never been anything but wonderful… I was not aware that the taping with Mr. Bashir would be aired. We did not sign any consent to have my children on this interview.
Gavin Arvizo DCFS Interview Excerpts
Question: What is your relationship with Michael Jackson?
Gavin Arvizo: Michael has been like a father to me. He has been there for me. I met Michael about three years ago… Michael has been by my side through it all. I have gone to Neverland on several occasions. I like it there. You could be free and feel like there is no care in the world. When I go to Neverland, Star and Davellin are with me… Michael sends his staff to get my family and we have a ball… Since the airing of the Michael Jackson broadcast, I have not felt comfortable. I was in the gas station and some kids came up to me and asked if I was the boy on TV that slept with Michael Jackson. Everywhere we go there’s always people staring at us… Mr. Bashir did not get my consent from my mother. My mother thought this taping was private like the previous one.
Question: What happens when you spend the night at Neverland?
Gavin Arvizo: Usually when I visit Neverland, we eat, play video games, ride to the park and watch movies. Sometimes we have slumber parties and everyone sleeps in the room.
Question: Has anyone ever touched you in a way that was inappropriate?
Gavin Arvizo: [Visibly angered] People think that something’s happened sexually between Michael and I. That’s not true. Michael’s like a father to me and he has never done anything to me sexually. My mother has been there at Neverland with me and always comes in and out of the room to see how we are doing.
Question: Have you ever slept in a bed with Michael Jackson?
Gavin Arvizo: No, I’ve never slept in a bed with Michael Jackson. Sometimes my brother and I fall asleep in a bed with Michael Jackson. Sometimes my brother and I fall asleep on the bed with our pajamas or our clothes on. Everybody sleeps in Michael’s room together because it’s so big. Nothing has ever happened. My mother is always aware of what goes on in Neverland.
Star Arvizo DCFS Interview Excerpts
Question: What is your relationship with Michael Jackson?
Star Arvizo: Michael is like a father to me. He listens to me and gives me advice… When we go to Neverland, it makes me real happy. We have fun with Michael, we all give each other nicknames. My name is Blow Hole, like the fish…
Question: What happens when you spend the night at Neverland?
Star Arvizo: When we go to Neverland we usually ride to the park, play video games and watch movies. There’s always something to do. When we stay overnight at Neverland, sometimes we are in Michael’s room watching TV… We fall asleep with our pajamas or clothes on. My mother is there. When we are in Michael’s room, we are never left alone.
Question: Have you ever slept in a bed with Michael Jackson?
Star Arvizo: I have slept in Michael’s bed before, when I fell asleep after watching TV. No, I’ve never slept in the bed with Michael Jackson. If Michael is in the room, he will make a bed on the floor.
Davellin Arvizo DCFS Interview Excerpts
Question: What is your relationship with Michael Jackson?
Davellin Arvizo: [Teary eyed] Michael is like a father to all of us. He has provided us with guidance. He is so kind and loving… My mother has always been with us and I’ve never seen Michael do anything sexually inappropriate with Gavin or Star.
Question: What happens when you spend the night at Neverland?
Davellin Arvizo: When we go to Neverland, we go and relax. There’s so many things to do. We usually go to the media room and watch movies and eat candy. Most of the time I take a girlfriend with me to keep me company. We stay in the room down the hall in the main house. My mother always knows what’s going on when she is at Neverland with us.
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.
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 host Blanket’s first birthday party at the Malnik’s house in Miami.
February 25 : Franck & Vinnie take the mother 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 know well (Joanna Thomae, Jen Winings or Ahmad Elatab) to spend the day with him at the ranch and on a shopping spree at the local Toys ‘R Us and they all witness the complicity between Michael & Gavin.
March 10 : Vinnies takes Gavin to the hospital for a urine test. On the way back, he drops Janet at her boyfriend’s and takes Gavin back to Neverland.
March 11 : Vinnie takes Janet to the Los Angeles family court where she obtain an incrase 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 in 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.
March 26 : William Dickerman sends a letter to Mark Geragos asking for the family belongings to be returned.
Michael goes to Acapulco in Mexico with the Malnik family, Brett Ratner & Chris Tucker for a movie project
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 : Paris celebrates her 5th birthday in Miami
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 ( California ) with Prince & Paris, Michael falls on his sister LaToya!
April 24 : Michael Jackson : Private Home Movies airs on Fox TV. Michael hosts this two-hour special from his cinema 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 at 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 show up at a MTV Movie Awards post party at Ron Burkle Beverly Hills Mansion in Beverly Hlls 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 Merrville.
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, Michael returns to his childhood home 2300 Jackson Street that now belongs to a cousin of Joseph Jackson! Later, Michael visits Roosvelt 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 in Hollywood to present James Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Backstage, he meets Latoya.
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 organises the Joe Jackson Day in Neverland (attended by Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Janet & LaToya) but after too many people show up, he decides to leave the ranch with his children and go to Monterey to spend the week end.
August 29 : Michael celebrates his 45th birthday at Neverland with family & friends.
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 annonce his future plans…
September 8 : Michael goes to Montreal.
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, Prince, Paris & Blanket make a photoshoot with the Jackson family (including Katherine, Joe, Rebbie, Jermaine, LaToya, Randy, TJ, Auggie among others)
October 1 : During a charity event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael presents the Medical Visionary Award to his Dr Alan Metzger in recognition for his work to aid LUPUS patients.
October 15 : Michael attends his brother Tito’s 5Oth birthday party with all the Jackson family.
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.
October 27 : What More Can I Give is made available as a download on the Internet.
In the evening, Michael show the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyonce also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.
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 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.
Other searches are done at Bradley Miller (Mark Geragos’ private investigator) & Hamid Moslehi (Michael’s videographer) ‘ houses.
Diane Dimond is the first “journalist” to report the news for Court TV.
Michael who is in Las Vegas issues a statement through his spokesman Stuart Backerman.
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 I connection to new allegations of child molestation made by a 12 year old boy. Media learn that the boy accusing Michael is Gavin.
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 while Michael returns to Las Vegas where the Jackson family (Joe, Katherine, LaToya & Tito) has arrived to support him.
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.
December 15 : Michael cuts every contacts with Dieter Wiesner, Ronald Kontizer & Marc Schaffel. Following Jermaine’s advice, he hires the services of extremist group Nation Of Islam to protect him The media say that he wants to convert to Islam which is not true.
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
Michael who does not condider Neverland as his home anymore, moves in a rented mansion in Beverly Hills with Grace & the kids.
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.
Read the transcripts here.
December 30 : Stuart Backerman resigns because of the presence of the Nation Of Islam.
December 31 : While the media declare that the NOI has taken over Michael’s business, a worried Debbie who can’t get in touch with Michael & her children decides to files 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 his Beverly Hills mansion with his fiend Mark Lester who came to support him.
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 organise fans’ support, Mark Geragos organises 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 who were not invited set up Debbie by inviting her to have lunch at the Ivvy restaurant to talk about her children while in fact they just want to be photographed with her by the paparazzi that they have contacted…
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 puts 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 decides to leave the Beverly Hills house by fear of losing his children.
January 31 : The police searches the houses of Marc Schaffel & his assistant Christian Robinson.
February 1 : Michael, who stays with Grace & the children at his friend Ron Burkle’s house in La Jolla, watches his sister Janet’s Nipplegate during the Superbowl half time show on TV.
February 7 : Michael hires Raymone Bain as new official Spokesperson.
February 13 : As Michael celebrates his son Prince 7th birthday, 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 big party for Blanket’s 2nd birthday.
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 : Janet Arvizo testifies before the Grand Jury.
Michael returns to the Congress to take part in a press conference agains’t AIDS in Africa .
April 1 : 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 : Gerogos & 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 organises 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 in 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 go 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 10 : 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 .
Michael, who is in Miami calls his nephew Auggie Brown to celebrate him on his graduation day.
July 1 : Michael hears about his friend Marlon Brando’s death.
July 4 : Michael celebrates Independance day in Miami with many members of the Jackson family.
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 : While 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 : Michaet 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.
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 29 : For his 46th birthday, Michael takes all the Jackson family 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 settelements 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 acceps but not MTV which creates a new controversy.
October 13 : CBS Early show airs an interview of Genevieve, Randy Jr, Dante, Jaffar, & Jermajesty Jackson at Hayvenhurst defending their uncle 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.
October 15 : Steve Cochran leaves Michael’s legal team.
November 4 : Michael’s layers 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 has also 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 1 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 25 : Michael spends Christmas à Neverland with family & friends.
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 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 with Joe & Katherine at Hayvenhurst.
February 13 : Michael celebrates his son 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 12 members of the Jury are selected.
February 24 (day 6) Michael goes to court where the alternate members of the Jury are selected.
February 25 : Michael goes to court to attend the last preliminary hearing before the trial starts.