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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2005
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was at the height of his silent film career in 1921 when his association with a drunken party and the death of a struggling actress with a playgirl reputation brought it all crashing down. The woman, Virginia Rappe, suffered a ruptured abdomen during a Labor Day melee in San Francisco and died four days later. Arbuckle, a 250-pound man known for partying hard, was charged three days later with her rape and murder, despite little evidence against him. Arbuckle, who had previously signed a three-year contract with Paramount Pictures for $1 million per year, was eventually cleared of the crime, but his star turn as a comic was finished.
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By Tracy Wilson, Steve Chawkins and Richard Winton and Tracy Wilson, Steve Chawkins and Richard Winton,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 20, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Authorities said yesterday that they intend to arrest music star Michael Jackson, the self-described King of Pop, on suspicion of felony child molestation and urged the 45-year-old entertainer to surrender during a boisterous news conference here that was broadcast live around the world. Jackson, whose recordings over the past four decades include the best-selling album of all time, was prepared to turn himself in after finishing a music video in Las Vegas, according to his spokesman.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | June 30, 2007
ST. MICHAELS -- Residents in this Eastern Shore tourist town seemed to collectively shrug their shoulders yesterday at reports that pop star Michael Jackson has been house-hunting, apparently shopping for a secluded waterfront mansion. The village of 1,200 earned its blase attitude with the arrival in recent years of a vice president, a former secretary of defense, two presidential press secretaries and other national politicos who have bought homes in or near St. Michaels. Add the actress who occasionally visits family here or the celebrity sailor who ties up his yacht and dines in dockside restaurants, and it's easy to see how often folks bump into the rich and famous.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 29, 1996
GARY, Ind. -- It was supposed to have been the impetus to transform this gritty blue-collar city into the entertainment mecca of the Midwest. But political bickering and allegations of racism and conflict of interest have halted plans for the $2 billion entertainment complex.The most famous family from Gary is fed up, its lawyer said, and has withdrawn support for the complex because of the politics and fears of lawsuits.Youngsters on the city's west side can direct visitors to the location of Michael Jackson's boyhood home, most likely including the address.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 5, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Almost 10 weeks after the prosecution said it would show that Michael Jackson sexually preyed on a young boy, it presented its last witness yesterday and rested. Defense attorney Robert Sanger then served the judge and District Attorney Thomas Sneddon with a motion asking for a judgment of acquittal on the grounds that the prosecution case was too weak to continue. Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville is expected to rule on the motion this morning. Such motions are routine and usually rejected.
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By Geoff Boucher and Cara Dimassa and Geoff Boucher and Cara Dimassa,Tribune Newspapers | July 8, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Music legends, sports figures and civil rights leaders paid tribute to Michael Jackson as a music pioneer and a barrier-breaking cultural figure during an emotional, song-filled service Tuesday at Staples Center. Audience members danced along to musical performances and stifled tears at some of the many tributes to the singer. There were shouts from the audience of "Power to the people," "Long live the king" and "We miss you Michael!" The most poignant moment came at the end, with Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson - in tears - telling the audience from the stage, "I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can imagine.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 11, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The man who warned security to keep the boy who later accused Michael Jackson of molestation from leaving the singer's ranch told jurors yesterday that the directive was not designed to hold the child captive. Joseph Marcus, the property manager at Neverland, said he asked on Feb. 19, 2003, that the boy and his brother be prevented from leaving because he didn't want the underage pair to take a vehicle off the ranch. Marcus said the pair were known to drive golf carts and cars up to the gate.
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By Stuart Pfeifer and Michael Muskal and Stuart Pfeifer and Michael Muskal,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 28, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The defense in the Michael Jackson molestation case suddenly rested yesterday, moments after the prosecution presented a videotape of the pop star's accuser describing the alleged assaults in detail. After several days of threatening to reopen the case, the defense surprisingly refused to present any last-minute witnesses or evidence. Lawyers will meet Tuesday to discuss jury instructions and other matters before closing arguments. The eight-woman, four-man jury will likely get the 10-count felony case next week.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,Special to the Sun | November 11, 2001
With one gloved hand in his pocket, sunglasses on, and most of his original facial features intact, Michael Jackson, in the "We Are the World" video, was the ultimate picture of the pretty young thing. Beautiful inside and out. Though I still kept a little room in my heart for Simon LeBon, most of the organ was property of Michael. Michael, who pranced so adorably through the woods in "Thriller," warning of "something evil lurking in the dark." Michael, whose ironed-on image I proudly carried on my red polyester purse.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 23, 2005
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - After two weeks of fits and starts, jury selection in the Michael Jackson trial resumed yesterday, with the judge setting a crisp and efficient pace. Judge Rodney S. Melville of Santa Barbara County Superior Court began the morning by apologizing to the jury pool, who are mostly middle-aged parents. "We've had a couple of false starts here," Melville said, alluding to the death two weeks ago of the sister of the lead defense lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., and then Jackson's hospitalization last week, both of which led to delays.
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