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HomeEntertainmentJune 25, 2009Michael Jackson: Confronting ControversyA Look At Ed Bradley's 2003 Interview With The King Of PopFont sizePrintE-mailShare 3 Comments Page 1 of 2 PhotoMichael Jackson, speaking to 60 Minutes' Ed Bradley in 2003.

�(CBS) Photo Essay Michael Jackson: 1958-2009The "King Of Pop" had a life full of number one hits and personal scandalsStoriesPop Star Michael Jackson Has DiedMichael Jackson: A Life In The Spotlight(CBS)� In late 2003, facing charges of sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy at his famous Neverland Ranch in California, Michael Jackson addressed the allegations in an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley.

"I wanted to have a place that I could create everything that I never had as a child.

So you see rides, you see animals, there's a movie theater.

I was always on tour traveling, you know, and I never got a chance to do those things.

So I compensated for the loss by - I have a good time - I mean, I can't go into a park, I can't go to Disneyland as myself.

I can't go out and walk down the street.

There's crowds and bumper-to-bumper cars.

So I create my world behind my gates.

Everything that I love is behind those gates.

We have elephants and giraffes and crocodiles and every kind of tigers and lions.

And we have busloads of kids who don't get to see those kids, they come up, sick children, and enjoy it," Michael Jackson told Bradley.

"They enjoy it in a pure, loving, fun way.

It's people with a dirty mind that think like that.

I don't think that way.

That's not me," Jackson added.

"And do you think people look at you and think that way today?" Bradley asked.

"If they have a sick mind, yeah.

And if they believe the trash they read in newspapers, yeah.

Remember something, just because it's in print doesn't mean it's the Gospel.

People write negative things because they feel that's what sells," Jackson said.

"Good news to them doesn't sell." And Jackson says his relationship with this boy he first met a year ago was positive.

He says he was determined to help him with his battle against cancer.

Jackson says he tried to help the healing process by taking the boy around the grounds of Neverland to Jackson's favorite places.

"He had never really climbed a tree, so I had this tree that I have at Neverland.

I call it my giving tree because I like to write songs up there.

I've written many songs up there.

I said, 'You have to climb a tree.

That's part of boyhood.

You've just got to do it.' And I helped him up.

And once he went up, up the tree, we looked down on the branches and it was so beautiful.

It was magical, and he loved it.

It gave him a chance to have a life, you know? Because he was told he was going to die.

They told him, they told his parents to prepare for his funeral, that's how bad it was.

And I put him on a program.

I've helped many children doing this," Jackson told Bradley.

The boy, whose name and face 60 Minutes did not reveal, has credited Michael Jackson's friendship and support with helping him to battle his cancer.

"Isn't that great? Not sick at all.

No more cancer," Jackson said.

In a British documentary that was filmed before the boy alleged he was sexually molested, he said that he had stayed overnight at Jackson's home many times and had slept in his bedroom.

"There was one night I stood here and I asked him if I could stay in his bedroom, and he let me stay in the bedroom.

And I was like, 'Michael, you can sleep on the bed.' And he was like 'No, no.

You sleep on the bed.

Sleep on the bed.' We're, like, 'No, no, no.

No, you sleep on the bed.' And then he finally said, 'OK, if you love me, you'll sleep on the bed.' I was, like, 'Oh, man.' And so I finally slept on the bed," the boy told the documentary filmmakers.

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Share:DiggFacebookYahoo! BuzzTwitterVideo and Galleries from Entertainment Video Lawyer: Jackson Over-Medicated Video Jermaine Jackson On Tragedy Video LAPD On Jackson DeathLatest in EntertainmentSenators Have Health Reform Bill "Options"Family Attorney Blames Prescription MedsA Pop Star's Rise And Fall Add a Comment by ubrew12 June 25, 2009 8:54 PM PDT Maybe he was a perv, maybe not.

But he was prosecuted in 2004 to help GW Bush win reelection on the 'gay marriage' issue.

He allowed Bush to say little about gay marriage during the campaign, other than that he was against it, while Jackson was subjected to an 8 month pre-trial news-fest that 'tried' him daily in the national tabloids and pounded us daily with the thrust of the GOP talking points: that hollyweird and its DNC allies would bugger our children if we didn't elect moral Republicans to office.

After Bush won re-election, and Jackson's pre-trial hearing had served its purpose, Jackson was quietly cleared on all 11 counts.

How many people recall that there NEVER WAS a Jackson trial? The pre-trial hearings showed that the charges were bogus and they were all, all 11 of them, thrown out.

Jackson was ruined, of course, and had to leave the country for shame.

But he had served his purpose...He was brought to trial in rightwing, Republican Santa Barbara County.

I wonder what the payoff was to the district attorney, who brought an 11 count indictment, ALL of which the judge had to throw out for lack of evidence? Knowing the GOP, I'll bet the payoff was handsome indeed.

I believe some follow-up is in order here.Reply to this comment by myamane76 June 25, 2009 10:07 PM PDT The King of Pop Michael Jackson will always be in our hearts and our minds...when ever we listen to the radio and hear his hit songs...from The islands of Hawaii to the New York City ...and All the way around the world to Japan and the whole world will never forget the man the singer the dancer....Michael Jackson Aloha Oi Mr.King of Pop MICHAEL JACKSONReply to this comment by jenkeez June 25, 2009 10:15 PM PDT Dear viewers Michel Jackson did not die.

Based on the facts that had been revealed to the public, Michel Jackson is not dead.

At first, there was No Doctor?s official report on Michel?s death report.

2nd, There were No witnesses that had seen Michel?s in the Hospital.

3rd, There is No way in earth that Michel?s has No private Doctor?s in his house, even thaw, the house is rented.

4th, I believe that Michel Jackson is genius to come up with such a plan, that No body have done before, Because the whole situation is going to put Michel Jackson in the top of the music History for good.

I really do not know, what is going on Michel?s mind with this whole scenario.

But I know for sure, that Michel Jackson is not dead.

I respect Michel?s intelligence and wish him the best of luck.

Sincerely, Mahmoud KahloutReply to this comment Add a comment Comment SUBMIT Click here to add another comment.

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