Michael Jackson sat down on Christmas day 2003 for an interview with Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes. COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT HERE.
If I was skeptical of Jackson going in, this interview really screams out GUILTY OF SOMETHING REALLY BAD in bold letters.
The main thing is that he was saying all kinds of big dramatic things that I find nearly impossible to believe, particularly about his time in custody while he was being booked a couple of weeks ago.
He claimed that the police, among other horrible physical abuses, absolutely dislocated his shoulder. He can't sleep, and he's in constant pain from the awful treatment at the police station. He stopped in the middle of the interview with Bradley a couple of times to complain of the supposed pain. And his unlikely stories went onward and upward from there.
Beyond anything else he said (some of it plausible, some not), there is no way in hell that he was roughed up by the cops like he's making out. They are not that goddam STUPID. There is no way in hell that these cops brought MICHAEL JACKSON in and beat him up, with 100 news trucks with satellite uplinks parked all around HQ.
His whole performance seemed like some drama queen whipping up big, extravagant lies to cover some deep hidden shame.
He also showed Bradley pictures of him with his whole inner forearm apparently horribly bruised. What I'm supposed to believe the cops did that to you, with the media gathered right outside?
It's interesting that he didn't show Bradley the injury, but photos. Bradley should have asked him to roll up his sleeve. Given his behavior throughout the rest of the interview, I would not find it difficult to believe that this was absolutely make-up, cosmetics.
I have no knowledge as to whether the specific legal charges against him are true or false. I just know I don't believe a word that's coming out of his mouth.
And he didn't get any points for ending his interview with a plea to listen to his sappy "Childhood" song. Not buying this schtick AT ALL. "Childhood" is both a crappy song and a cheap ploy for sympathy.