Fans to Rally Around Jackson in Court
Family members and fans of the musician are planning to send a caravan of buses and cars to court in Santa Maria, Calif., on Friday, when Michael is due to appear, to show their support for the embattled pop star, the Associated Press reports. Brother Jermaine Jackson is expected to hold a press conference Monday to give details about their plans.
"We've had fans calling from out of state who are flying in just for the arraignment," says freelance publicist Angel Howansky, who is helping to coordinate the event.
Jackson, 45, is charged with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He's free on $3 million bail pending the arraignment in Santa Maria. He has vigorously denied all the charges against him.
Also on Monday, reports AP, more than two dozen Jackson lawyers, accountants, bankers and managers will meet at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss the singer's business affairs, said Jackson family friend Brian Oxman.
"There is to be a meeting of the brain trusts for Michael's management," Oxman said. "Rumors will be set to rest, and it's to explain how Michael is to handle further actions in connection with his business. They have not specified what it is or who is to be doing the speaking."