June 18, 2005 — Michael Jackson's family and fans - and at least one of the jurors who acquitted him of child molestation - gathered Friday night for a huge party that was billed as a celebration of thanks.
The pop star himself, who has not appeared in public since his 14-week trial ended Monday, was nowhere in sight.
Among the approximately 400 people who arrived at the Chumash Indian Casino was juror Pauline Coccoz. When she walked into the casino and heard Jackson's music playing, Coccoz said, the enormity of what had transpired hit her.
"They were playing `Beat It,' and I almost started to cry," she said as she waited to enter the showroom. She said that earlier in the day, she had received a wristband needed for admission to the party.
The crowd erupted in cheers as Jackson's mother, Katherine, arrived to the sounds of the song "I'll Be There." She came on stage at the end of the show to thank her son's fans from around the world for their support.
"We couldn't have done it without you," Katherine Jackson said as her son Tito stood next to her, his hand on her shoulder.
Others spotted arriving for the show included defense attorney Robert Sanger and Jackson's magician friend, who calls himself Majestic Magnificent.
Reporters were kept out of the showroom, and an Associated Press reporter who got inside briefly was escorted out by tribal police. Casino officials said they had orders from the Jackson family to keep all journalists out.
Tito Jackson has been performing periodically at the casino, and he had been scheduled to appear Friday night before it was decided to turn the show into what one of his band members called a celebration of thanks.
Coccoz said that when someone gave her the wristbands she decided to bring her family, partly as a public display of her confidence in the jury's verdict.
***Edit-Not picture of him after fight. Just a picture I found that I thought would suit this article.
June 18, 2005 — Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly had to go to a hospital for stitches after being hit with a bottle at a party early today.
That's what People Magazine is reporting on its Web site. It says a woman hit DiCaprio with what appeared to be a beer bottle at a party at the home of Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon.
People says friends took the actor to a hospital, where he received about a dozen stitches to close a wound near his ear.
The Los Angeles Police Department's press relations office wasn't able to confirm the report.
June 17, 2005 — The live webcast of last month's Coldplay concert from the Beacon Theatre in New York was a dry run for next month's historic Live 8 concerts. Crews in AOL Music's control room have been tweaking the technology that will webcast the Philadelphia concert along with shows in other host cities.
A billion people may see the webcast live and during the 6 weeks, it will be available on demand. It's one way the city that loves you back will be showcased around the world while focusing attention on worldwide poverty.
Jack Isquith/AOL MUSIC: "The world's going to be seeing Live 8. They're going to see Philadelphia."
The historic concert could draw 800-thousand to one million people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Center City hotels are already booked for the holiday weekend. But experts say the more than 25-thousand area hotel rooms mean no one has to camp out on the streets. The noon to 6pm concert will put Philadelphia businesses in a unique position to make money.
"Most time big celebrations in evening. People go home. Restaurants close. Bars close. In this case, it's 6 o'clock and I think city is going to be one big party."
Those who sign on to AOL.com to watch the webcast will be asked to add their names to a petition already signed by the artists playing the concerts.
"Just lend your name and voice through the internet for awareness of issue and of course world poverty and hunger. Idea is when this many people lend voice to it, an issue is powerful."
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 17: Actor Tom Cruise (L) and his girlfriend actress Katie Holmes (R) kiss Noemie from "Un enfant, un reve" (One child, one dream) association ahead the French premiere of Cruise's new film "War Of The Worlds" June 17, 2005 in Marseille, France