Michael Jackson Returns to the United States
It’s official, he’s BACK!!!
AP Exclusive: Michael
Jackson is Back in the U.S., next stop, Japan
By ERIC TALMADGE
TOKYO Jan 26,
2007 (AP)— Michael
Jackson is back in the United States after living in Bahrain, France and
Ireland. He emerged with his spokeswoman Friday to confirm to The Associated
Press that he is back after more than a year in self-imposed exile following
his acquittal in a high-profile trial that ended in June 2005.
They also said he is on the
comeback trail planning a pair of "fan appreciation events" in Japan
"I can confirm that he
is in the United States," spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said. "We don’t
give out information regarding our client’s whereabouts because of safety, and
this is just an ongoing policy."
During the brief conference
call, Jackson read a statement prepared for The Associated Press about his
plans to visit Japan and allowed only one question: How are you? "I’m fine, thank you," was his
Jackson, one of the
best-selling artists of all time, said he has chosen to come back to Japan
because of the strong support he enjoys there.
"My friends and fans
in Japan have been so supportive of me and my family for many, many
years," he said. "My fans in Japan helped me achieve historic
milestones in the music industry."
Broderick Morris, the
promoter working the Japan side of Jackson’s trip, said they have sold 220 of
300 tickets to a "platinum VIP party" on March 8. Guests will have
dinner, get autographed photos and be able to "meet and greet"
Jackson, he said.
A less-exclusive party is
scheduled for the following day. Jackson is not obligated to perform at either
event, and promoters refused to comment on how much Jackson, 48, would be paid.
Jackson made his first
official foray back into the spotlight after his acquittal with an appearance
again, in Tokyo to accept MTV Japan’s "Legend Award." Last November,
he allowed the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood" to film him in
the studio, working on music with producer will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.