Michael Jackson had some choice words for attorney Gloria Allred when he returned to court in Santa Maria, California, on Tuesday.
The well-known victims' rights attorney wrote to California authorities last week, complaining that Jackson's infant could have fallen to his death during a recent baby-dangling incident (see "Michael Jackson Calls Baby-Dangling Incident A 'Terrible Mistake' "). She asked the state's Department of Social Services and the district attorney in Santa Barbara County to determine whether they have jurisdiction to investigate the singer for child endangerment.
When Jackson returned to court after a lunch break Tuesday, one reporter on the sidelines asked him, "What would you say about Gloria Allred?"
Jackson asked, "Who's that?"
"She's the attorney who's calling for an investigation by children services as a result of the ..."
"Ah, tell her to go to hell," Jackson replied.
If Jackson's memory had served him, he might have recalled that Allred represented the 13-year-old boy who in 1993 accused the singer of molesting him. The singer's memory was just as spotty on the witness stand, where he repeatedly responded, "I don't recall," in response to queries regarding plans for two millennium concerts he's accused of abandoning (see "Michael Jackson Takes Stand In Millennium Concert Lawsuit").
When concert promoter Marcel Avram's attorney, Louis "Skip" Miller, asked if Jackson suffered from memory problems, he replied, "Not that I can recall," according to wire service reports.
Jackson also exhibited unusual behavior when he shouted, "Eeeow!" several times into the microphone and made hand motions such as antlers and devil horns on the stand.
Although a preliminary probe was launched in Germany, Berlin authorities said they've received no formal complaints regarding the welfare of the singer's son, Prince Michael II (see "Michael Jackson Not Charged By Berlin Police For Baby Balcony Incident"). California child welfare agencies, meanwhile, said that since the incident happened in Germany, they could only investigate if a private citizen lodged a complaint and if the focus were not so much on the incident in question but on a larger pattern of behavior.
"It's my view that any person who witnesses an act that they believe to be an act of child endangerment ... has a moral duty to notify Children's Protective Services," Allred told CNN. "Little babies and children cannot do that for themselves. It's for the rest of us to speak out and to ask that the authorities to investigate, to make sure that child is protected. What he really needs to do is attend a parenting class and learn how to exercise better judgement. ... That child could have been subjected to great bodily harm or even death. And he needs to learn that's not funny. That's a real baby. That's not a Cabbage Patch doll."