"Move Like Michael Jackson" was a British talent show made by independent production company Fever Media and Gogglebox Entertainment and transmitted on BBC Three, which aimed to find people who can dance like the famous pop singer, Michael Jackson.
Presented by television personality Reggie Yates, the programme broadcast the auditions of hopefuls as they perform in front of the show's judges: Mark Summers, contemporary R&B singer Jamelia, and Jackson's elder brother and former Jackson 5 band member Jermaine.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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People v. Jackson (full case name: 1133603: The People of the State of California v. Michael Joseph Jackson) was a 2005 criminal trial held in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, in which American recording artist Michael Jackson was tried based upon accusations of Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old boy whom Jackson had befriended. Jackson was indicted for four counts of molesting a minor, four counts of intoxicating a minor in order to molest him, one count of attempted child molestation, and one count of conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive at his 2,700-acre (1,100 ha) Neverland Ranch, as well as conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction. Jackson denied all counts. The trial spanned approximately 18 months, from Jackson's arraignment on January 16, 2004 to June 13, 2005, when the jury delivered a verdict of not guilty on all fourteen charges, which included the above ten plus four lesser misdemeanor counts.
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The prosecution, to show a pattern of behavior, claimed they would present evidence, admissible under California Evidence Code 1108, that Jackson had molested five boys in the past. Three of the people they named, Macaulay Culkin, Brett Barnes, and Wade Robson, all testified that they were long-time family friends of Jackson and had slept in his bed, but that Jackson never molested them or did anything sexual with them. Culkin said he'd “never seen him do anything improper with anybody” and called the allegations “absolutely ridiculous,” while Barnes said they made him “very mad.” All three men described the time they spent in Jackson's 2-story bedroom as childish fun, with video games, movies, and many people sleeping in the room at one time. Culkin added that he'd “never seen [Jackson] do anything improper with anybody” and that he was shocked the prosecution would put on witnesses who said Jackson molested him without even asking Culkin if it was true. The witnesses, three ex-employees at Neverland Ranch who testified that they'd seen Jackson molest these young men, were Ralph Chacon, Kassim Abdool, and Adrian McManus. These three belonged to a group of five ex-employees who had sued Michael Jackson for wrongful termination in 1995. Jackson, counterclaiming that they had stolen property and sold some of it to tabloids, won the suit and was awarded $60,000 in damages; the ex-employees were fined for lying in court and were ordered to pay $1.4 million for Jackson's legal fees. Jason Francia, the son of a former Neverland maid, was the only alleged prior victim to testify. Francia described three times he had been playing with Jackson: they were tickling each other, and Jackson ended up tickling Francia's “little private region” outside of his clothes for a few minutes each time, with Francia laughing all the while. Francia testified that the third time, Jackson had reached up the leg of Francia's shorts and touched his testicles. Francia claimed he needed five years of therapy because of the ordeal. He received settlement money from Jackson, and testified that he thought he deserved even more. Francia also admitted that he and his mother had sold stories of his alleged inappropriate tickling to the tabloids. When Jason Francia originally talked to the police after the 1993 allegations, he told them he had never been touched inappropriately. He made that claim only after extensive police questioning in which they repeatedly called Jackson a “molester” and told Jason that Macaulay Culkin was being molested right then and Jason could put a stop to it if he confessed. Francia also testified that Jackson gave him money after each tickling incident, mirroring something Francia said in his original police interview: that Jackson would give him money each time he finished reading a book or got an 'A'. The final alleged victim was Jordan Chandler, who received a settlement from Jackson in the 1993 case. Ralph Chacon, a former security guard at Neverland Ranch, testified that he had watched through a window as Jackson performed oral sex on Chandler in the showers of a rec room. Chacon testified that he did not report the incident to police because he thought he would not be believed. Adrian McManus, a maid who had previously worked at Neverland, also testified that she'd seen Chandler and Jackson kiss on the mouth and Jackson put his hand on the boy's crotch. McManus admitted that she had previously told attorneys, under oath, that she had never seen any molestation. McManus claimed that she lied because she feared Jackson would report her to her superiors if she told police about the incident. During cross examination, Jackson's defense attorney questioned the credibility of both Chacon and McManus. Attorney Tom Mesereau noted that both former Neverland employees had been a part of a lawsuit against Michael Jackson filed in the mid-1990s. The employees lost the lawsuit, and were ordered to pay Jackson's legal fees as well as tens of thousands of dollars for stealing property from Michael Jackson. Mesereau accused McManus and Chandler of attempting to “get even” with Jackson for the failed suit. Jordan Chandler, who was 25 at the time of the trial, chose to leave the country rather than testify, and the only person in his family who appeared for questioning was his mother, June. She denied having seen any molestation, but talked about Jordan and Michael sleeping in the same room on numerous occasions, explaining that she initially didn't want them to, but was persuaded by Jackson, who had cried and been hurt that she didn't trust him. She testified about Jackson buying all kinds of gifts for the family, the trips they'd been on together, and how fun it was to be part of Jackson's world. She said she'd been concerned that her son was starting to dress like Jackson and wanting to spend all his time with him. When asked about the lawsuits that resulted from her family's involvement with Michael Jackson, June Chandler made the distinction that even though she was listed as a plaintiff and received settlement money, it was not she who sued Jackson, but rather Jordan and his father Evan who did so. She claimed not to recall that Jackson had counter sued for extortion, or that her second husband, Dave Schwartz, had sued Jackson, or that Evan Chandler had sued Jackson a second time. Thomas Mesereau said in a Harvard lecture later that year, “the prosecutors tried to get [Jordan] to show up, and he wouldn't. If he had, I had witnesses who were going to come in and say he told them it never happened and that he would never talk to his parents again for what they made him say. It turned out he'd gone into court and got legal emancipation from his parents.” June Chandler testified that she had not spoken to her son Jordan in 11 years, since 1994.
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