Michael Jackson canceled the second performance of a two-night stand in Singapore Monday, moments before the show was to begin. In Los Angeles, the singer’s family broke their silence, saying they support Michael and will visit the singer on tour.
A packed stadium of fans waited for Jackson to appear at Monday’s concert when word came that the pop star was ill and would not perform. The show was rescheduled for Wednesday.
A concert last week in Thailand was delayed three days while the singer recovered from reported dehydration.
Jackson reportedly was suffering from a migraine headache and nausea. His doctor said the singer became dizzy and his condition deteriorated in the late afternoon. The doctor said Jackson fainted as a result of an “acute vascular migraine.”
Some 40,000 fans were told to go home around 9 p.m., more than an hour after the show’s scheduled start time.
While Jackson remained in seclusion in Singapore, his familywent public in Los Angeles with their support in the face of allegations of child molestation.
The family’s morning press conference in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Theater was meant to announce a benefit reunion concert, but Jackson’s problems overshadowed the gathering.
A large contingent of the media was present as family members Jermaine, Rebbie, Tito, Katherine and Joe Jackson announced ambitious plans for a concert featuring all the members of the family, including Michael and Janet. LaToya was not in attendance.
But the press in attendance was more interested in getting the family’s reaction to the allegations that Michael Jackson molested a 13-year-old boy and a private investigator’s claims of an extortion attempt against the singer. Los Angeles Police Dept. investigators continue to search for corroboration of the child abuse accusations by interviewing individuals appearing in photos seized during searches of the singer’s homes in Century City and the Santa Ynez Valley.
Sources said LAPD investigators searched a room at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday. A hotel spokesperson confirmed that a search took place and said investigators did not remove anything from the room. Police sources said the search was intended only to corroborate information.
Pepsi also issued a statement denying published reports that it hired a private investigation firm to check out the allegations. “We are not conducting an investigation into Michael Jackson,” the company said.
The Beverly Hills dentist accused of making an extortion demand by Jackson security consultant Anthony Pellicano is close to going public with his version of events, sources said late Monday.
Meanwhile, numerous attempts by reporters to ask questions about the allegations were deflected by Jackson family representatives during the press conference.
But near the end of the confab, and despite an interruption from Tito, Katherine Jackson voiced her support for her son.
“First of all, I’d like to let the world know that I’m behind my son,” she said. “I don’t believe any of this stuff that is being written about him … I love him. I’ve talked to him several times since this has come out and I plan to go and visit him. He knows when I’m coming.”
While the five family members sat in darkness on stage, a lengthy videotaped presentation touted the goals of the family’s newly formed Family Caring For Families, a non-profit organization set up to oversee contributions from the benefit concert to various charities including the Library of Congress and Friends of Conservation.
Performers will appear on the special for free, according to Jermaine, with all expenses being paid by the Jackson family.
The concert is set for a Dec. 11 taping at Atlantic City’s Convention Center followed by a Jan. 10 broadcast on NBC. Additional performers will be announced.