Michael Jackson: Not Guilty A California jury has found Michael Jackson not guilty on all 10 felony counts stemming from child molestation charges. At approximately 2:00pm PT Jackson arrived in court with select family members, including his parents and sister Janet. The judge allowed the audio portion of the verdict to be broadcast live. Loyal Jackson fans, who have been camped outside the court for months, screamed when the verdict was announced. After Jackson was proclaimed a free man, he was escorted outside by bodyguards and family members, shielded by a large black umbrella. Though he's been known to climb up on his SUV and wave to fans, Jackson quietly got into his waiting vehicle. But first, in a nod to his adoring fans, he patted his hand over his heart. No word on if Jackson's young accuser plans to file a civil suit against the pop star.
Pink Floyd to Play London Live 8
Pink Floyd is reuniting for the first time in 24 years, not for the usual reason -- to fill aging rockers' bank accounts -- but for the Live 8 charity concerts. Four members of the legendary band, guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and bassist Roger Waters will play on the July 2 Live 8 concert in London. It will be their first public performance together since they played in London in 1981. The Live 8 show will also boast performances by Coldplay, Elton John and Paul McCartney, among others. "Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world," said Gilmour.
Brangelina Scores at the Box Office
The Brangelina rumors certainly paid off at the box office. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was tops this weekend, making an estimated $51.1 million -- better than most industry watchers had predicted. The opening was better than Pitt's and Jolie's other previous hits. The gossip pages, however, didn't help telephone tyrant Russell Crowe's latest flick, Cinderella Man, which made only $9.5 million.
Destiny's Child to Disband after Tour
Perhaps it wasn't destiny after all. The members of Destiny's Child made a surprise announcement on stage in Barcelona on Saturday night, saying they will disband at the end of their current Destiny Fulfilled and Lovin' It tour. (Guess they aren't really loving it.) Kelly Rowland made the announcement before 16,000 fans at Spain's Palau Sant Jordi, saying that it would be the group's last European gig. The band then released a statement to MTV News: "We have been working together as Destiny's Child since we were nine, and touring together since we were 14," the statement read. "After a lot of discussion and some deep soul searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny's Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans and each other. After all these wonderful years working together, we realized that now is the time to pursue our personal goals and solo efforts in earnest. ... No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists. We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible love and support and hope to see you all again as we continue fulfilling our destinies." The group's U.S. tour will go on as planned, starting July 9 in St. Louis.
The Jacko jury is still out, of course, but people are already speculating about what life behind bars could be like for the King of Pop. If he is sentenced to prison, experts say that he'd most likely be headed to Corcoran State Prison, which has a protective housing unit. It's the best place for California inmates who need protection from fellow prisoners, and has held some of the state's most notorious criminals. Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan are among the former residents of the special unit. The cells are eight feet by 12 feet, and just 21 inmates live there now. It's about 100 miles northeast of Neverland. As far as prisons go, it sounds decent -- TV is allowed, the dress code is denim and inmates can play chess in the day room. The latest email virus is a Trojan horse that taps into the Jacko trial. The email purports to share "News from Neverland Ranch" about a "suicidal attempt." But the news is of course a hoax to spread the virus. Somewhere, Anna Kournikova is jealous. Sean Penn, perhaps hoping to never be known again as "that dude from Fast Times, is on assignment as a journalist in Iran. Penn is in Tehran for the San Francisco Chronicle to write about the Iranian presidential elections.
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