January 12, 2008: Michael Jackson News & Mentionings


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Michael Jackson News:




10:30 - 11 January 2008

A man flew into a fit of rage and attacked a man who sang Michael Jackson songs to him.

Michael Carter (27) punched the singer to the ground, knocked off his glasses and had to be dragged off him.

Carter, who admitted two counts of assault, said he lashed out because the singing was the same as taunts he had endured at school. Leicester Magistrates' Court heard the incident began when Carter approached one of two women at The Basement nightclub, Wellington Street, Leicester.

James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said: "There was an argument about race and he accused one of the women of being racist. Another female friend became involved and they left in the company of a man."

He said Carter, of Wilberforce Road, West End, Leicester, also left the nightclub and continued to try to talk to the woman.

The court heard Carter followed them into Market Street, where he called the woman "evil and twisted" and said the other two people would "come to no good" if they hung around with her.

Mr Bide-Thomas said: "He also said he was a Christian and forgave them.

"The man asked why they should be forgiven and started singing Michael Jackson songs as, he said, Mr Carter reminded him of Michael Jackson.

"This seemed to cause him a great deal of upset, as he ran up behind him, attacked him, giving him a couple of punches to the back of the head, then punched his face, made him fall to the ground.

"He carried on hitting his face and chest, knocked off his glasses - which made him unable to see - and was eventually was dragged off."

Interviewed by police, he said he had not intended to assault the second victim, one of the women, and had only tried to push her away as she attempted to stop the assault.

The male victim suffered a bruised left temple, arms and chest and broken ribs.

Azim Walters, for Carter, said he admitted two counts of assault, on August 4 last year.

He said when Carter had been rebuffed by the woman, he asked her if it was anything to do with the colour of his skin.

When she said it was not, he said: "I didn't think you were racist."

Mr Walters said Carter followed her to apologise and put his hands in a praying position.

He said: "When the man started singing Michael Jackson songs, it triggered off a memory of when he was at boarding school when the other boys used to call him Michael Jackson and sing songs at him.

"Having had a couple of drinks it brought it all back and he reacted the wrong way."

Sentencing was adjourned until January 31 for a report.


Amazon to offer Sony BMG MP3s

Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Friday its music will be available in MP3 downloads from Amazon.com later this month without digital rights management restrictions.
Sony BMG becomes the last of the four major music labels to offer DRM-free music at Amazon, joining Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI. Sony BMG is a 50/50 joint venture between Sony and privately held Bertelsmann.
Sony BMG's massive roster of artists includes Beyonce Knowles, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana.

Michael Jackson Mentionings:

How Cannes you go wrong?

Who's who? With glamour galore and the tax haven of Monaco nearby, southern France is a mecca for celebrities. The roll call includes F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joan Collins, Elton John, Tina Turner, David and Victoria Beckham, pictured, Shirley Bassey, Brigitte Bardot, Ivana Trump, Bono, The Edge, James Gandolfini, Roman Polanski and Michael Jackson. Winston Churchill wrote his memoirs while staying in Coco Chanel's villa, and winners of the Palme d'Or at Cannes have included Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant and Michael Moore.


New York nightlife queen Amy Sacco, celebrating her disco-themed 40th birthday party Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel with 200 of her closest friends, including Benicio del Toro, Jonathan Tucker, Angie Harmon, Dean Cain and Brett Ratner. After dinner at AGO, the party moved to Body English, where she joined 100 additional friends. A Donna Summer impersonator led the club in "Happy Birthday," and Sacco was surprised with performances from mini-Michael Jackson and Milli Vanilli impersonators. ..


FESTIVAL fun livened up the Huon Valley and Channel areas yesterday with warm weather drawing large crowds to Cygnet and Oyster Cove.
Music lovers filled halls, hotels and parks for the Cygnet Folk Festival while Tasmania's Aboriginal community gathered on the grass for the Oyster Cove Festival.
Aboriginal funnyman Sean "Jilkamu" Choolburra stole the show at Oyster Cove, sending his audience into hysterics with his bluelight disco Michael Jackson impersonation

Michael Jackson HIStory:

2004 - A judge ruled that cameras would not be allowed in the court room for Michael Jackson's arraignment on January 16.

2004 - Jermaine Jackson held a press conference to describe plans to support his brother Michael during his arraignment in Santa Maria on January 16.

2004 - At a Beverly Hills hotel a meeting was held by Michael Jackson's attorneys, managers, accountants and Nation of Islam leaders. Jackson reportedly participated via conference call.