Michael Jackson was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop" or by his initials Jackson is till today recognized as the most successful entertainers of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
However, it was on this very day in music Michael Jackson was booked for child molestation. He was later on released from the sheriff’s office after posting $3 million dollar bail.
Instead of frowning because he was arrested, the King of Pop was smiling and waving to his fans all the way. He then hopped into a black SUV with his high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and drove off in the direction of the Santa Barbara airport with an escort of three sheriff's motorcycle officers.
Jackson later flew back to Las Vegas to continue working on a music video he was filming when the arrest warrant was served."Jackson and his people were very cooperative," said Sgt. Chris Pappas, a spokesman from the Santa Barbara sheriff's office. The booking took only about 30 to 40 minutes, he said.
The 45-year-old superstar will be arraigned Jan. 9 on multiple counts of child molestation, Pappas said.
The pop singer posted the $3 million bail authorities had set in the arrest warrant they issued on Wednesday and turned over his passport.
District Attorney Thomas W. Sneddon Jr. said Wednesday that charges would be filed soon in the case, but Pappas said Thursday that Sneddon "has announced that no charges will be filed until after Thanksgiving."
During Jackson's booking, he was fingerprinted, photographed and checked for weapons at the sheriff's office. The singer's mug shot was posted on, Pappas said.
Geragos told reporters Jackson had posted the bond by 4 p.m. and was "processed out."Geragos who is also representing accused double murderer Scott Peterson said his client was "greatly outraged" by the child molestation accusations.
"He's come back specifically to confront these charges head on," said Geragos. "He is greatly outraged by the bringing of these charges. He considers this to be a big lie. He understands the people who are outraged, because if these charges were true, I assure you Michael would be the first to be outraged.
"I'm here to tell you today, Michael has given me the authority to say on his behalf these charges are categorically untrue. He looks forward to getting into a courtroom as opposed to any other forum and confronting these accusations head on."
Jackson was met by authorities at the small Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, where he landed in his private jet from Las Vegas just before 3 p.m.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said Jackson had turned over his passport when he was taken into custody. He didn't have any further comment.
Jackson flew from North Las Vegas Airport aboard a leased jet late Thursday morning, according to an employee of XtraJet, a Santa Monica leasing company.
The jet carried Jackson, his family and a bodyguard and parked in a hangar after landing so that passengers disembarking were hidden from view.
Geragos reached a deal with authorities earlier Thursday concerning terms of the singer's surrender.
"I have made arrangements with the sheriff and the district attorney for Mr. Jackson to come back and confront these charges," Geragos told The Associated Press.