Michael Jackson arrived at court yesterday, for the first day of his trial. However, it will be a while before he will take the stand, as it is estimated that jury selection will take a month.
Jackson wore white, and was shielded by his ever present umbrella; he waved to a phalanx of supporters, as he walked into the courthouse.
Before his arrival there was some impromptu "street entertainment", as fans danced and sang a Jackson song mocking the district attorney; for good measure, and in the spirit of tolerance, they heckled a woman who held a sign supporting the alleged victim.
I doubt that this will help Jackson very much.
Jackson's parents gave an interview before the trial, saying that they thought that the accuser was just after Jackson's money.
Katherine Jackson, speaking about the accusations, said:
"I know my son, and this is ridiculous..".
Judge Rodney Melville summoned 300 people to court, for round one of jury selection yesterday. Today another 300 will come to court, followed by another 150 on Wednesday.
Jackson's spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, said that Jackson's "spirits are great.." and denied that he was suicidal.
"He has the support of his family, his children, his friends...You're going to see a Michael Jackson who is going to be here today who is very serious, very businesslike and very serious..." .
That would be wise, given the fact that in one of his earlier court appearances Jackson danced on the roof of an SUV; this little performance impressed no one.
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