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    Jackson Limps to Court With Spider Bite

    Jackson Limps to Court With Spider Bite

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    By ANTHONY BREZNICAN, AP Entertainment Writer

    SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Nursing a spider bite, Michael Jackson limped into court with a bandaged and swollen foot to testify in a lawsuit that alleges he failed to follow through with two millennium concerts.

    The 44-year-old entertainer testified Tuesday that he could not recall details of the concert planning.

    Despite the hobbling spider bite, Jackson appeared cheerful, waggling his fingers and sticking his thumbs in his ears while making comical faces at supporters in the courtroom. The trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday.

    He often seemed to be withholding a smile as he repeatedly responded to questions from a frustrated attorney for concert promoter Marcel Avram with the words "I don't recall."

    "That's administrative work. That's not what I do. I'm the entertainer," Jackson said of the details involved in planning concerts.

    When attorney Louis R. "Skip" Miller asked if Jackson suffered from memory problems, he replied: "Not that I can recall."

    Avram is suing Jackson for backing out of performances in Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu on Dec. 31, 1999. The singer maintains it was Avram who canceled the shows over concerns they would not be profitable.

    Fans gathered outside the Santa Barbara County courthouse shrieked with delight at Jackson's arrival in a van with four bodyguards. He emerged wearing only one shoe and immediately confronted a television cameraman, demanding that his left foot, clad in just a sock, not be photographed. At one point he put his hand over the camera lens.

    "You're too close," Jackson said. The cameraman assured him it was OK, and Jackson responded, "Promise? Promise?"

    The entertainer arrived wearing a matching white satin vest and tie. Inside he put on a blue velvet jacket but never donned the surgical mask he usually wears over his face.

    He later explained he had a spider bite on his foot and it was swollen.

    "I love tarantulas, but not the little kind," the shoeless Jackson said.

    On his way into the courthouse, he paused to kiss 11-year-old Laurae Tyler on the head and autograph her copy of "The Wiz" album.

    Jackson's return to the witness stand followed a two week absence during which he visited Germany and sparked worldwide outrage by dangling his infant son Prince Michael II from a fourth-floor hotel balcony.

    As reporters outside the courthouse shouted questions about the incident, Jackson autographed the album and looked up with an expression of apparent annoyance. "It's my child," he said. "I love my children."

    Little is known about Prince Michael II, whose mother has not been identified. The singer's 5-year-old son, Prince Michael I, and 4-year-old daughter, Paris, were born during his marriage to Debbie Rowe, his plastic surgeon's receptionist. The marriage ended in 1999.

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    What a tool.

    I sincerely think that some of those surgeries included a lobotomy.
    If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don't think it necessarily means you're a hard worker.
    It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.


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    Well said, Miss F.

    I saw pictures of him in my wife's People mag - he makes all the kids wear veils that completely cover their heads when they are outside. The article is apparently questioning whether or not he's a fit parent. Do we really have to ask that question? The man is deranged.

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    I think I'd rather be raised by wolves than grow up with him. They're being groomed for a lifetime in the circus.
    When you're ten years old and a car drives by and splashes a puddle of water all over you, it's hard to decide if you should go to school like that or try to go home and change and probably be late. So while he was trying to decide, I drove by and splashed him again. - Jack Handey

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    What a pathetic attempt at trying to get sympathy.

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    Ugh. Really. His dementia never ceases to amaze me. :rolleyes

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    I'm sorry...A SPIDER bit you, and now you have to use crutches, and can't wear a shoe? Come awwwwwwn.

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    Exactly, John...this freak gets no sympathy from me...

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    Some spider bites can be pretty nasty and make your skin waste away or give you severe pain all over your body. I think I would rather be bitten by one or both of those varieties than be a family member(esp child) of the Wierd One. How completely sad!
    It occurred to me that no matter how bleak things might seem at times, at least I have a head. ----Stargazer

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    Jacko is carried from the courthouse by aide.


    Vain Jacko, 44, insisted snappers only photograph him above the waist. Earlier, he made bizarre gestures as he gave evidence to the court in Santa Maria, California.

    The star, famed for his crotch-holding dance routines, pretended he had binoculars. Then he put his fingers by his head, as if impersonating a rabbit.

    Jacko said he knew nothing about the axed Millennium concerts.


    He said: “That’s administrative. I’m the entertainer.” Asked if he had memory lapses, he said: “Not that I recall.”
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