Jackson's dad hopes Michael will come to Berlin
20 July 2005, BERLIN - On-again, off-again reports of Michael Jackson's imminent emergence from seclusion were on again Wednesday when his father said he was optimistic that the King of Pop would fly to Berlin for the senior Jackson's birthday party.
20 July 2005
BERLIN - On-again, off-again reports of Michael Jackson's imminent emergence from seclusion were on again Wednesday when his father said he was optimistic that the King of Pop would fly to Berlin for the senior Jackson's birthday party.
"I hope that Michael will come to Berlin on Thursday," Joseph Jackson told reporters on arrival in the German capital ahead of the weekend birthday bash.
The Jackson clan patriarch has a soft spot in his heart for Germany, and his memoirs were released there prior to publication elsewhere last year.
He turns 76 on July 22 and has used that as the focal point for a "thank you, Germany" party to be attended by up to 2,000 hand-picked guests, according to a spokesman for the Estrel Hotel, venue for the party.
Along with dad Joe, other Jacksons who have already signalled participation include Janet, La Toya and Jermaine.
If Michael attends, it would mark his first public appearance since he was acquitted last month on all charges in his headline- making child abuse trial.
The Berlin plans also coincide with promotion of a planned reality TV show involving the entire Jackson family.
The six-episode show is to focus on how Michael's parents, Joe and Katherine, and eight siblings rallied around the entertainer after he was accused of child molestation in 2003 and how they are trying to overcome the scandal after the not-guilty verdicts.
Jackson's last public appearance in Germany in 2002, when he received a lifetime achievement award, ended in a scandal.
During a brief appearance at a window of Berlin's five-star Adlon Hotel, the superstar dangled his baby son from the railing of his fourth-floor suite.
The bizarre scene was shown repeatedly on television news programmes in Germany and around the world and severely dented Jackson's popularity in Germany.
In Germany, Jackson's career peaked in 1997, the year when the entertainer was able to sell out two consecutive concerts at Munich's giant Olympic Stadium.
Subject: German news