D.A. to Jacko: Go or Give Back Passport
Michael Jackson faces a new demand from Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon: Either supply "documented confirmation" that he's going to Britain to promote his new CD "Number Ones," or else surrender his passport.
Sneddon made the demand Monday to Jackson's attorney, Mark Geragos, in a faxed letter, according to the Associated Press. The district attorney added in a statement to the press that the reason for this new demand was because Sneddon's office had heard reports that the singer had canceled the trip.
Jackson, 45, surrendered to authorities on Nov. 20 and was booked and released on $3 million bail. He was charged last Thursday with seven felony counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. Jackson denies the charges.
On Monday, Jackson's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, said he believed the trip -- originally scheduled from Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 -- was still on. "I'm not aware of any cancellation," said Backerman. "He still is planning to go as far as I know."
Over the weekend, Jackson held an elaborate homecoming party at his Neverland Ranch in California, where celebs such as Brandy and former baseball star Darryl Strawberry showed up to lend their support.
Strawberry, 41, a member of the Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Fla., also ministered to Jackson and discussed how to deal with all the intense media attention, Randy White, the church's head pastor, tells AP.
Strawberry, who was released from a Florida prison in April after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence for violating probation on cocaine-possession charges, could not be reached for comment, nor could others on the trip, said AP.