| Sunday, December 19, 2004
| JACO'S WORLD
|JACKSON THROWS A PARTY -- FOR KIDS
Pop star facing trial leave ranch while 200 play.
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. -- An ebullient
Michael Jackson greeted about 200 children who were brought
Friday to the fairy-tale theme park at his countryside ranch
and looked at one point like he might even stay to play.
"I hope you have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. I love you"
the pop singer called out from the driveway of this estate.
When one of the youngsters shouted, "We love you!"
Jackson replied, "I love you more" before putting an
umbrella over his head and walking back toward his house.
After his brief appearance, Jackson got into a vehicle that
took him off the property.
Spokeswomam Ramone K. Bain said Jackson chose to make the
unusual personal appearance as a surprise for the last group
of children touring Neverland before the Christmas Holiday.
Santa Barbara County authorities have charged Jackson, 46,
with molesting a boy, conspiracy and administering an
intoxicating agent, alcohol, to his alleged victim.
His trial is set for next year.
In a recent court filing that seeks to introduce evidence
of other purported crimes that went uncharged, prosecutors
described the estate as "a veritable paradise"
Bain said charitable and civic groups bring children
to Neverland at least three times a month.
(ASOOCIATED PRESS/ Linda Deutsch)
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