1. Michael Jackson’s Secret World 02/17/05: Part 2 documentary of “Living With Michael Jackson” British television interviewer Martin Bashir, whose documentary Living With Michael Jackson led to the current molestation charges against the entertainer, is putting the finishing touches to another film which is reported to be equally damaging to Jackson.
Called Michael Jackson’s Secret World, it is being kept under close wraps by the ABC network, for whom Bashir now works, but is said to contain video footage showing Jackson with young boys, including the one at the heart of the current criminal trial. Not surprisingly, Jackson did not provide a new interview. The two-hour programme, described by insiders as “still a work in progress” is due to be shown in the US on Thursday.
Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old former cancer patient, giving the boy alcohol, and conspiring to hold him and his family captive. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Jury selection in the case continues tomorrow.
The new ABC film will reportedly use film taken when Bashir was allowed prolonged access to the star’s life. That 2003 programme showed Jackson admitting sharing his bed with young boys and holding hands with Gavin Arvizo, now his chief accuser. Its broadcast and the reaction to it prompted the investigation that has led to the current case.
Last week, Geraldo Rivera told his US viewers that Jackson now concedes that sharing his bed with children was wrong. He also said that Jackson plans to “unmask” his three children for the cameras at some point during the trial.
The defence also intends calling former child stars Macaulay Culkin, who stayed with Jackson when he was a boy, and Oliver! star Mark Lester. He, like Jackson, knew fame at an early age, and the pair have been friends for many years. Jackson is godfather to all four of Lester’s children.