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Jackson / Child Molestation Charges #742285

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Santa Barbara: Kelly O’Donnell) The arrest and release on bond of singer Michael Jackson, who is accused of child molestation, featured; scenes shown of Jackson arriving at the Santa Barbara, California, jail in handcuffs; booking photo shown; details given about Jackson’s dramatic surrender. [Santa Barbara Sheriff Jim ANDERSON – comments on Jackson’s arrest.] [Jackson’s attorney Mark GERAGOS†- calls the charges a big lie.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Miami: Jim Avila) The question of why parents would let a child stay at Jackson’s home after past accusations of child molestation examined; scenes shown from Jackson’s Neverland ranch. [Former Jackson security chief Robert WEGNER†, former Neverland cook John CIAO†- comment on children who spent the night with Jackson.] [Alleged victim’s uncle Ray CHANDLER†- questions why a parent would let a child go with Jackson.] [In 1993, Jackson guest Brett BARNES†- says he slept in the same bed with Jackson.] [Psychiatrist Dr. Carl BELL†- comments on adults sleeping with children.] [Parents Gainer MORGAN‡, Sally THOMAS – support Jackson.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More about the Jackson case on “Dateline” noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Avila, Jim

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