On '20/20,' Jackson talks about life with the paparazzi

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September 12, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Barbara Walters interviews one of the oddest and most hunted men on the planet tonight on "20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2).

In light of the death of Princess Diana, Walters centers on the way Michael Jackson has dealt with intrusive press coverage and his thoughts on growing up in the public eye. Some samples of what he has to say:

On selling his baby's pictures to the National Enquirer: "There's helicopters flying above us, flying over my house, flying over the hospital. Even the hospital said, 'Michael, we've had every kind of celebrity here, we've never had it like this. This is unbelievable.' So I said, 'Here, take it.' And I gave the money to charity."

On the paparazzi: "They even go so far as to hide in places. They will slide a machine up under the toilet! You go, 'Oh my God!' They've done that."

On his lifestyle: "Maybe I like to live that way. I like to dress that way. I don't want paparazzi, really, but if they come, be kind."

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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