2004 ~ “Number Ones”, “The One”, Pre-Trial, “The Ultimate Collection (new unreleased songs), Miss Cast Away,
- January 2 :
CBS aired a TV Special for Number Ones featuring many young artists speaking about Michael’s influence.
- January 12 :
While Jermaine gave a press conference outside Hayvenhurst to organize fans’ support, Mark Geragos organized 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 had contacted.
- January 15 :
Geragos announced that Michael & him have hired top criminal layer Benjamin Brafman.
Gloria Allred asked the Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles to remove Michael’s children from his care.
Michael arrived 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 plead 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 got on the top of his SUV and invited all his fans for an after arraignment party at Neverland.
- January 24 :
Social workers from the Department of Child & Family Services of Los Angeles went to Michael’s rented mansion in Beverly Hills to talk with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.
Michael decided to leave the Beverly Hills house.
- January 31 :
The police searched the houses of Marc Schaffel & his assistant Christian Robinson.
- February 1 :
Michael, who who was staying with Grace & the children at his friend Ron Burkle’s house in La Jolla, watched his sister Janet’s performance during the Superbowl half time show on TV.
- February 7 :
Michael hired Raymone Bain as new official Spokesperson.
- February 13 :
As Michael celebrated his son Prince’s 7th birthday, Geragos & Brafman went to Santa Maria Courthouse where they obtained 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 din Old Snowman in Colorado where Michael had rented a ranch.
- February 20 :
Raymone Bain denied reports claiming that Michael gone to Aspen for a detox programme.
Retired family judge Stephen Lachs accepted to mediate Michael & Debbie litigation over her visitation rights on Prince & Paris.
- February 21 :
Michael hosted a big party for Blanket’s 2nd birthday.
- March :
Michael’s new official website MJJ SOURCE was launched.
Sneddon set a Grand Jury proceeding to avoid the preliminary hearing.
Michael, Grace & the kids went to Hawaii.
- March 9 :
Michael Jackson “The One” was released on DVD.
- March 25 :
Secret Jury selection was completed in Santa Barbara.
Michael filed 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 gave his opening statement during the first day of a Grand Jury proceeding where neither Michael nor his lawyers had the rights to appear. Members of the media were also prohibited from attending.
- March 30 :
Gavin & Star Arvizo testified before the Grand Jury.
Michael visited members of the Congress in Washington .
Janet Arvizo testified before the Grand Jury.
Michael returned to the Congress to take part in a press conference agains’t AIDS in Africa .
- April 1 :
Michael was still in Washington where he was presented with a special award from the African Ambassadors’ wives at the Ethiopian Embassy.
- April 2 :
Gerogos & Brafman went to the Santa Maria courthouse where they obtained the Arvizo family court documents in the JC Penney case.
Judge Lachs refuseed visitation rights to Debbie but he accepted to nullify her 2001 decision to give up her parental rights which set a new battle between Michael & Debbie’s attorneys.
April 3: Michael hosted a big party for Paris’s 6th birthday.
- April 8 :
Michael, Grace & the kids went 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. The Santa Barbara Police Department did not find him credible and closed this case after investigating it.
- April 21 :
Michael who rented a mansion in Orlando learned that he has been indicted by the Grand Jury in Santa Barbara. He asked Randy to intervene quickly.
- April 24 :
Randy organized a meeting at Michael’s house in Orlando with his civil lawyer Brian Oxman and top criminal lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr.
- April 25 :
Michael announced that he had changed his legal team. Mesereau officially took over Geragos & Brafman. He also decided to get rid of the Nation Of Islam and to go back to Neverland.
- April 30 :
Michael arrived at the Santa Maria Courthouse with Katherine, Joe, Grace, Randy, Jackie, Mesereau, Oxman & Raymone Bain.
Michael plead 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).
- May 28 :
Mesereau went to the Santa Maria courthouse with Brian Oxman & Joe Jackson for an hearing where Judge Melville set September 13 as date for the trial to begin.
- June 10 :
Randy fired Bob Jones, vice president of MJJ Productions since 1987, after discovering that he is writing a tell all book on Michael. He also stopped paying Marc Schaffel.
- June 15 :
Judge Melville refused to lower Michael’s bail.
Diane Dimond revealed the details of the Chandler secret financial settlement of 1994.
- June 25 :
Mesereau went to a hearing in Santa Maria .
Michael, who was in Miami called his nephew Auggie Brown to congratulate him on his graduation day.
- July 1 :
Michael learned about his friend Marlon Brando’s death.
July 4 :
Michael celebrated Independence day in Miami with many members of the Jackson family.
July 9 :
During a hearing in Santa Maria , Judge Melville scolded Michael for violating the gag order in a written statement.
July 27 :
Michael was shopping at Memorial City Hall in Houston with a friend of Randy called Monique.
Mesereau went to Santa Maria where he obtained the trial to be pushed back to January 31st 2005.
August 2 :
Michael’s lawyers deposed a motion against Sneddon for violating the gag order.
August 6 :
VH1 aired Man In The Mirror, a TV film about Michael’s life and scandals.
August 15 :
Michael attended 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 compulsory, Michael went 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 plaeds 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 could not testify so the pre-trial was delayed.
August 29 :
For his 46th birthday, Michael took all the Jackson family to the Noe Restaurant at the Omni Hotel of Los Angeles.
September 3 :
TV show Dateline revealed 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 pretended to know the truth about his relationships with children.
Debbie gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight. Considering that she has violated her confidentiality agreement, Randy decided to cancel her annual $1 million payment.
September 15 :
Police searched the house of Evvy Tavasci, Michael ‘s assistant since 1991.
The pre- trial resumed in Santa Maria .
September 17 (7th day):
Even though his presence is not compulsory, Michael went to the Santa Maria courthouse. Accompanied by Katherine, Joe, Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Grace, Karen, Mesereau & Oxman to watch Janet Arvizo Jackson testify.
The Jackson family returned to Neverland where Michael has invited the fans and later they all have dinner at the Epihany Restaurant in Santa Barbara.
October 4 :
Michael’s lawyers presented a motion to withdraw Tom Sneddon from the case because of his too personal involvment.
October 12 :
Michael called the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show to ask TV networks not to air Eminem new video which makes fun of him. BET accepted but not MTV which created a new controversy.
CBS Early show aired an interview of Genevieve, Randy Jr, Donte, Jaffar, & Jermajesty Jackson at Hayvenhurst defending their uncle Michael.
October 14 :
Michael’s layers went to the Santa Maria Courthouse where Judge Melville refused to withdraw the case and to suppress any elements taken during the search of Neverland and Brad Millers’ office.
November 4 :
Michael’s layers went to the Santa Maria Courthouse where Judge Melville refused to withdraw Tom Sneddon from the case.
A man called Joseph Bartucci filed 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 made a phone call to the Geraldo Rivera Show to speak against the Eminem video
Sony released Michael Jackson : “The Ultimate Collection” featuring 4 CD’s of hits and unreleased songs + a live DVD of the Dangerous Tour.
Marc Schaffel filed a civil complaint in Los Angeles seeking $3 million for money loans. He also wrote a tell all book about Michael with Stuart Backerman.
November 20 :
Brian Michael Stoller’s comedy “Miss Cast Away” featuring Michael was released on DVD
November 29 :
Michael’s lawyers went to the Santa Maria courthouse where Judge Melville refused them the right to have a psychiatrist analyse the Arvizo family.
December 3 :
More than 1 year after searching Neverland, the Santa Barbara Police investigators come back to the ranch to take more pictures.
December 4 :
Michael agreed to provide a sample of his saliva to the police for DNA testing.
December 17 :
Michael (accompanied by Karen & Raymone) welcomed 200 unprivilged children to spend the day at Neverland. 50 journalists were also invited, including Geraldo Rivera whom Michael thanked for his support.
December 20 :
During a hearing at the Santa Maria Courthouse, Judge Melville refused defense request to delay the trial for 6 weeks.
Michael recorded a video message to thank his fans on his MJJ SOURCE website.
December 21 :
Hamid Moslehi (Michael’s videographer from 96 to 2003) filed a civil complaint against Michael for non payment of his work on Take 2 and Private Home Movies.
December 24/25 :
Michael spent Christmas at Neverland with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.