Two weeks after his acquittal on charges of child molestation, Michael
Jackson has finally broken his silence. In a statement posted on his
Web site on Sunday, Jackson thanked his loyal fans and family and said he could not
have survived the trial without their support.
"Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made it through," Jackson wrote in the signed note. "Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible. You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you. Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears and carried me through. I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration."
Jackson has not been seen in public since his acquittal on June 13 (see "Michael Jackson Not Guilty On All Charges"). His family has said that the frail singer is resting at his Neverland Valley Ranch, recovering from the emotionally draining trial.
Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof told England's Sunday Times that he turned
down the chance to have Jackson headline the Philadelphia debt-relief show
due to the star's weakened state. "Musically he [Jackson] is a genius; humanely,
I believe he is innocent," Geldof said. "But he has been through a terrible
time. He's strained and tired. He needs tranquility, not to return under the
spotlights in an event like this" (see "Live 8 Concerts Will Air On MTV, VH1").
For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."