Jackson Hospitalized For Flu, Halting Trial
The presiding judge in the case, Rodney Melville, told perspective jurors Tuesday that Jackson had been on his way to court but was diverted to an emergency room en route after he become ill with flu symptoms during the drive. Melville said that Jackson would be admitted to the hospital for treatment and that jury selection would resume next Tuesday (February 22).
This latest development came the day after it was learned that Jackson's defense would include an all-star line up of witnesses. Here is a previous report on that story.
Michael Jackson's witness list reads like a who's who of celebrity. The pop star's lawyers plan to call on a laundry list of stars to testify in Jackson's defense at his child molestation trial. Some of the stars that may end up in the witness box include Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryan, veteran actress Elizabeth Taylor, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, R&B legend Stevie Wonder and TV talk-show host Larry King.
The Jackson trial resumed today with jury selection, during the proceedings Jackson's attorney Tom Mesereau was ordered by the judge to read off the 350 plus list of names of defense witnesses which also included Diana Ross, Bee Gee Barry Gibb, 10 members of Jackson's family as well as two of Jackson's children, Paris and Prince Michael.
Prosecutors are expected to call child actor Corey Feldman to testify. Feldman gave an interview which aired this past weekend where he said that when he was in his early teens Jackson showed him nude photographs. Feldman's manager announced late last week that prosecutors have subpoenaed the actor to testify during the trial.