~ 2003 ~ “Living With Michael Jackson” ~ Prince turns 6 ~ “The Footage You Were Not Meant To See” ~ Blanket’s 1st Birthday ~ Paris turns 5 ~ “Michael Jackson: Private Home Movies” ~ MJ went to Gary, Indiana ~ “One More Chance” ~ “What More Can I Give” ~ Number Ones ~ Neverland, Not A Home Anymore ~ 60 Minutes Interview ~
- Early January :
In Miami, Michael gave an interview to tabloid The Globe where he spokes for the first time of his pain from the spider bite and he showed a picture of his leg.
- January 5 :
Michael visited Maurice Gibbs (one of the Bee Gees) at a Miami hospital
- January 11 :
Dieter Wiesner & Ronald Konitzer officially took over Michael’s management in a written agreement. The first project is to fire Michael’s previous managers Trudy Green & Howard Koffman. They also worked on a project named MJ Universe.
Michael gave his final interview to Martin Bashir in his Miami Hotel. The same day, he heard that Maurice Gibb had died from an heart attack.
- January 15 :
Michael was present to pay a last respect to Maurice Gibb at the Miami Chapel with his brother Barry.
- January 16 :
Michael, Prince & Paris had dinner with the Malnik family in Miami.
- February 1 :
The Cascios joined Michael in Miami (Frank, Aldo & Marie Nicole). Mark Lester was also there. Wiesner & Konitzer tried to block the airing of Martin Bashir’s documentary after obtaining the final transcript.
- February 3 :
Living With Michael Jackson, the Martin Bashir Documentary premiered on ITV
- February 4 :
Gavin’s mother, Janet Arvizo agreed to give an interview to the London Daily Mail
Michael called Gavin and asked him to come to Miami to do a press conference, following the advise of Marc Schaffel. Debbie also recorded an interview for him.
- February 5 :
Gavin, his mother Janet, brother Star & sister Davellin went to Miami on a private Jet with Chris Tucker. Once arrived, they checked into the Turnberry Isle Resort where Michael & his friends stay.
Debbie gave 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 hired David LeGrand, a new layer based in Las Vegas
- February 6 :
Jordy Chandler’s 1993 deposition was leaked on the Smoking Gun website which created a new controversy.
In Miami, Wiesner & Konitzer asked Janet Arvizo to sign a complaint against Granada Television, the company which produced LWMJ.
Living With Michael Jackson was aired on American’s network ABC.
- February 7 :
Michael decided to cancel the press conference and return to Neverland to give an interview. He left 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 Sausman) arrived at Neverland in order to interview Michael for their show 60 Minutes but Michael canceled the interview when he heard about the leak of the Chandler deposition.
Bradley met Gavin & his family (who volunteered to give an interview to defend Michael) as well as Mark Geragos, Michael’s newly hired criminal lawyer who came to Neverland to meet with Michael. Gavin’s mother signed a release stating that Michael’s relation with Gavin was never innappropriate.
With the outtakes from the Martin Bashir interviews captured by Michael’s cameraman Hamid Moslehi, Michael asked his team (Schaffel, Wiesner & Konitzer) to produce & sell a rebuttal TV documentary.
- February 9 :
David LeGrand hired his girlfriend, Ann Gabriel as a consultant for Michael’s PR Team.
- February 11 :
Michael’s friends, Mark Lester, Robert Evans, Miko & Karen Brando (with their children Prudence & Shane) were in Neverland to support him.
Wiesner & Konitzer (with his family) also stayed at the ranch to work on the TV rebuttal.
- February 12 :
After an argument with Wiesner & Konitzer, Janet Arvizo asked Jesus Salas (a Neverland employee) to taker her & the children to her parent’s house in El Monte . He took the family out of Neverland in the middle of the night.
- February 13 :
Frank Cacsio/Tyson arrived at the ranch and he called Janet Arvizo on the phone (recording the conversation) to ask her to come back to Neverland.
- February 14 :
The Los Angeles Family Service opened an investigation on Michael Jackson’s relationship with Gavin based on a phone call made from his school.
Janet & her children went to stay to her boyfriend’s apartment, Jay Jackson.
- February 15 :
Ann Gabriel was fired by Mark Geragos after wanting to appear on show Access Hollywood as Michael’s Spokesperson.
- February 16 :
Bradley Miller (Geragos’ private investigator) went to Jay Jackson ‘s house to record a tape interview of Gavin, Star, Davellin & Janet where they defended Michael.
Shortly after, the Arvizos were taken back to Neverland by Michael’s chauffeur Gary Hearn, Janet asked Michael’s bodygard Chris Carter to take her back to her boyfriend’s apartment, leaving her children at the ranch with Michael.
- February 17 :
LA Family Service called Janet Arvizo to set an interview between her children & social workers on February 20.
- February 18 :
Santa Barbara Police Department opened an investigation on Mchael Jackson based on a letter from Gloria Allred & Carol Lieberman.
- February 19 :
Hamid Moslehi went to Neverland to pick up Gavin, Star & Davellin and take them to his house, while Vinnie Amen (a friend of Frank) picked up Janet Arvizo & Jay Jackson.
In the presence of Wiesner, Brad Miller, Christian Robinson & Jay Jackson, Janet & her children taped a long interview where they defended Michael.
After the taping ended, Vinnie took the family back to Jay Jackson’s.
The interview was supposed to be included in the TV rebuttal but Moslehi asks for $400,000 that he is owed for the Bashir outtakes. Schaffel & Wiesner refused.
- February 20 :
Michael left for Miami with his children and they stayed at Al Malnik’s mansion.
3 social workers went to Jay Jackson’s home to interview Gavin & his family. Once again they defended Michael and said nothing inappropriate ever happened.
Chris Tucker’s girlfriend Azja Pryor was there to support the family and after the interview, she took the children to Neverland. Vinnie took Janet Arvizo to a federal office in LA in order to obtain birth certificates of the family that would be needed to get visas & passports for a planned trip.
TAKE 2 : “The Footage You Were Not Meant To See” was aired on FOX TV. It included the outtakes of the Bashir interview & the interviews of Debbie, the Jackson family, Karen Faye, Hamid Moslehi & Jamie Massada.
- February 21 :
Following the advice of her friend Jamie Massada, Janet consulted a lawyer named William Dickerman.
Michael hosted Blanket’s first birthday party at the Malnik’s house in Miami.
- February 25 :
Franck & Vinnie took Janet Arvizo to the Laugh Factory where she had a second meeting with Dickerman.
After that, they took the family to the Calabasas Inn where they stayed for 5 days in order to obtain the Visas and look for a new apartment, all paid by Michael for the family.
- March 1 :
The family’s apartment was emptied at the mother’s request and their belongings were put into storage (paid by Michael)
- March 2 :
Franck & Vinnie took the Arvizo family back to Neverland where they met with Michael & his children who are back from Miami.
- March 3 :
Michael’s cousins, Rijo & Simone Jackson arrived at Neverland.
- March 5-9 :
Michael & his children stayed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Brazil trip was canceled.
- March 9 :
On his way back to Neverland, Michael invited several fans that he knew 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. They were all present with Michael & Gavin.
- March 10 :
Vinnies took Gavin to the hospital for a urine test. On the way back, he left Janet Arvizo at her boyfriend’s and took Gavin back to Neverland.
- March 11 :
Vinnie took Janet Arvizo to the Los Angeles family court where she obtained an increase of her ex husband’s child support.
- March 12 :
Janet Arvizo called Frank & Vinnie to ask them to take her children to their grandparent’s in El Monte because they were supposedly sick.
The family officially moved into Jay Jackson’s apartment and stops all contact with Michael & his team.
- March 14 :
Michael was ordered to pay $5.3 million to concert promoter Marcel Avram for the cancellation of the Millenium Concerts.
- March 26 :
William Dickerman sent a letter to Mark Geragos asking for the Arvizo family’s belongings to be returned.
Michael went to Acapulco, Mexico with the Malnik family, Brett Ratner & Chris Tucker for a movie project.
- March 29 :
Michael returned to Neverland.
- March 31
Michael & his children went back to Miami where they are the guests of Al Malnik.
- April 1 :
Michael & Chris Tucker visited 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 celebrated her 5th birthday in Miami
- April 6 :
Michael made 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 closed their investigation with no elements against Michael. Dickerman sent the family to consult Larry Feldman (the lawer who negotiated the civil settlement between Michael & the Chandlers )
- April 24 :
“Michael Jackson : Private Home Movies” aired on Fox TV. Michael hosted this two-hour special from his cinema in Neverland.
- May 1 :
Michael was in Aventura, Florida
- Early May :
Michael returned to Acapulco for a three days stay.
- May 9 :
Michael filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court seeking unpaid royalties for his Motown recordings.
- May 15 + 29 :
- May 17 :
Wearing Seventies clothes and an afro wig, Michael attended 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 :
- May 21 :
Before he is able to give his deposition, Michael became sick and returned back to LA.
- May 27 :
- May 30 :
Michael attended a party at Robert Evans’ house to celebrate the launch of Brett Ratner’s book. Later, Michael was at a MTV Movie Awards post party at Ron Burkle Beverly Hills Mansion in Beverly Hils where he met Puff Daddy & Paris Hilton among others.
- June 9 :
Michael attended the National Cable Telecommunications Association conference in Chicago with Chris Tucker to support his brother Marlon and his channel MBC.
He then went to Indianapolis.
- June 10 :
Michael gave his deposition in Indianapolis before going to Merville.
Michael hired Charles Koppleman as a new business adviser.
- June 11 :
Accompanied by Karen Faye and his cousins Elijah & Levon, Michael returned to his hometown Gary. Michael first went to the City Hall where Mayor King presented him with a Key to the city. After the presenting, Michael returned to his childhood home 2300 Jackson Street that now belongs to a cousin of Joseph Jackson. Later, Michael went to Roosvelt High School and in the evening he attended “Salute to the Troops”, an event held at the Baseball Stadium.
The lawsuit between Myung-Ho Lee and Michael settled out of court.
- June 12 :
Michael attended a Rainbow/PUSH Coalition breakfast planning meeting with Reverend Jesse Jackson in Chicago.
- June 13 :
After weeks of plotting, Feldman & Katz reported the allegations of the family to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff. District Attorney Tom Sneddon asked Feldman not to file a civil suit before he has completed a criminal investigation.
Michael was back in Los Angeles.
- June 15 :
Michael invited the Wolfs, a German family who’s home had been destroyed, to Neverland.
- June 16 :
Michael was one of the 3000 people who attended a memorial service for Gregory Peck in Los Angeles.
- June 24 :
Michael made a surprise appearance at the BET Awards in Hollywood to present James Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Early July :
After Katherine Hepburn died, Michael spent time with her family.
- July 04 :
Michael, Grace, Prince, Paris & Blanket spent Independence Day with the Malnik family and Brett Ratner at Miami Beach.
- July 12 Michael went on a boat in Santa Monica where the ashes of Barry White were thrown in the sea.
- July 26 :
Michael organized Joe Jackson Day in Neverland (attended by Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Janet & LaToya). After too many people showed up, he decided to leave the ranch with his children and go to Monterey to spend the week end.
- August 29 :
Michael celebrated his 45th birthday at Neverland with family & friends.
Michael invited a young singer named Nisha Kataria to live at Neverland for 6 weeks in order to record a song with her. Dieter Wiesner became her manager.
Michael attended a fan-club party for his birthday with the Cascio family, Omer Bhatti, Prudence Brando, Karen Faye & Dieter Wiesner among others. The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and at the end Michael gave a long speech to thank his fans and announce his future plans.
- September 6 :
Michael invited a group of fans to spend the day with him, Grace & the children at Neverland.
- September 8 :
Michael went to Montreal.
- September 10 :
Michael went to Toronto to study new 3D techniques. He gave a telephone interview to DJ Rick Dees of US radio station KISS FM.
- September 12 :
Michael returned back to Neverland.
- September 13 :
Michael opened the gates of Neverland for a special charity day with many celebrities such as Mike Tyson, Rodney Jerkins, Chris Tucker, Nick & Aaron Carter. Michael made a 5 minute appearance to thank everyone for coming.
- October :
Michael invited 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 met his half sister, Joh Vonnie for the very first time.
- October 1 :
During a charity event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael presented the Medical Visionary Award to his Dr Alan Metzger in recognition for his work to aid LUPUS patients.
- October 15 :
Michael attended his brother Tito’s 5Oth birthday party with all the Jackson family.
“One More Chance”, the single from the forthcoming Number Ones compilation premiered on radios.
- October 25 :
- October 27 :
What “More Can I Give” was 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 presented him with the Humanitarian Award.
- November 8 :
Michael attended a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas.
- November 15
During the Charity Awards, Michael accepted a Oneness Award via satellite because he was in Las Vegas recording the video for “One More Chance” in Las Vegas .
- November 18 :
“The Number Ones” CD & DVD were released .
Tom Sneddon chose this day to raid Neverland with a search warrant accompanied by 7O members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff.
Other searches were done, Bradley Miller (Mark Geragos’ private investigator) & Hamid Moslehi (Michael’s videographer) ‘ houses.
Michael who was in Las Vegas issued a statement through his spokesman Stuart Backerman.
- November 19 :
While the news of the Neverland search was covered by every media around the world, DA Tom Sneddon & Sherriff Jim Anderson gave 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 learned that the boy accusing Michael was Gavin.
- November 20 :
Michael arrived at the Santa Barbara airport in a private Jet with Grace & his attorney Mark Geragos where he was handcuffed and taken to the Santa Barbara County main jail. Michael posted a $3 million bail.
Geragos gave a press conference refuting those allegations while Michael returned to Las Vegas where the Jackson family (Joe, Katherine, LaToya & Tito) arrived to support him.
- November 21 :
Michael’s mugshot was on the front page of every newspapers in the world. A media frenzy exploded in America & Europe with talk shows being dedicated to this new controversy.
- November 24 :
Michael & Mark Geragos sued Extra Jet for illegally taping them during their flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara.
- December 15 :
Michael stopped all contacts with Dieter Wiesner, Ronald Kontizer & Marc Schaffel. Following Jermaine’s advice, he hired the services of extremist group Nation Of Islam to protect him. The media reported that he wanted to convert to Islam which was not true.
Prosecutors formally charged 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 denied all allegations during a special interview at the Larry King Show. Jermaine also claimed that Michael was mistreated by the police during his arrest.
- December 20 :
Michael returned 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 consider Neverland as his home anymore, moved in a rented mansion in Beverly Hills with Grace & the kids.
- December 24 :
Michael celebrated Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.
- December 25 :
From the Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael gave 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 resigned because of the presence of the Nation Of Islam.
- December 31 :
While the media declared that the NOI had taken over Michael’s business, a worried Debbie decided to filed for visitation rights.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff Jim Anderson gave a press conference to deny Michael’s claim that he was mistreated by the police during his arrest.
Michael spent New year’s eve at his Beverly Hills mansion with his friend Mark Lester who came to support him.