Jackson Connection Frets Over Intro
Jamie Masada -- the founder and president of famed Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory and head of a "Comedy Camp" that brings together sick and underprivileged children with their favorite stars -- tells TV's "Extra" that meeting Jackson was a dying request from the boy, at the time a 12-year-old cancer patient.
"What would you do if you see a kid (who has) three to four weeks to live and his wish is to meet Michael?" Masada said.
Although Masada now worries whether he did the right thing, he says the meeting at first seemed good for the boy, who went into remission shortly thereafter. "The first time he went to Neverland, he was very happy and very impressed," Masada said. "You should have seen the smile on his face."
Meanwhile, up until this spring, the boy's mother was still singing the former megastar's praises, reports the Associated Press.
Divorce attorney Michael Manning, who represented the woman, said that as of April or May that she had nothing but good things to say about Jackson. "'He was really good to us' -- that's what she said at the time," Manning says.
The mother filed for divorce in 2001 and has custody of the children, AP notes.
Jackson surrendered to Santa Barbara sheriff's deputies facing "multiple counts" of child molestation. He handed in his passport and $3 million bail, and immediately returned to Las Vegas, Reuters notes. He's due to return for an arraignment in January.