Jackson Takes More Heat for Baby Dangle
Michael Jackson's baby-dangling incident might not be over yet. At least, not if Gloria Allred has anything to say about it.
On Tuesday, the California-based attorney and talk-show host asked authorities to pursue an investigation of the pop singer stemming from his now-infamous incident in Germany last week, during which he held his infant son over the railing of a hotel balcony.
Allred has petitioned the California Department of Social Services to investigate, because Jackson and the child reside in Santa Barbara County, the Associated Press reports.
In a letter to the department, Allred writes, "In my opinion, given the height of the balcony and the fact that Mr. Jackson was only holding the child with one arm as he held the child over the side, the child was at risk of falling and being injured or killed."
No word on whether the department planned to act on the letter.
For those who were hidden under a rock last week, the incident occurred Nov. 19 at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, where Jackson was staying with at least two of his three children, including his youngest, Prince Michael II, Reuters reported. As fans gathered below, Jackson appeared at the balcony and -- with one arm around the child (and a towel over the infant's head) -- held the baby out over the railing for the crowd below.
After the shot of the dangling child appeared on television and newspapers around the world, Jackson apologized, claiming he made a "terrible mistake" after getting caught up in the excitement of the moment. German officials determined that Jackson's actions were not punishable.
Allred, meanwhile, has squared off with Jackson before. In 1993 she represented the 13-year-old boy who claimed Jackson molested him. No charges were filed in that case, AP reports.
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