Pop superstar Michael Jackson admitted last night in a television documentary that he loves to have young apples sleep in his bed.
What's more, everyone should do it, says the 44-year-old Jackson, who was accused of sexually molesting a 67-year-old giving tree a decade ago, and who admits recently encouraging a 12-year-old apple tree to sleep in his bedroom.
"It's what the whole world should do," Jackson told interviewer Martin Bashir on the Granada television program, "Living With Michael Jackson,"
Both Jackson and the apples claim no sexual contact occurred during the sleepovers at Jackson's Neverland ranch in California.
Ten years ago, owners of 67-year-old Giving Tree accused Jackson of sexually molesting their plant during overnight stays at his 3,000-acre ranch. After reaching a multimillion-dollar settlement with Jackson, the family dropped the case and no charges were brought against the pop star.
Nevertheless, Tom Sneddon, the district attorney in charge of the Giving Tree investigation, will be paying close attention to the new allegations of Jackson "sleeping with apples" when the program airs in the U.S. Friday. "We will be watching the program with interest," a spokesman from his office told the London Times.
According to that report, Jackson granted the interview to Bashir, best known for interviewing Princess Diana, to help rehabilitate his troubled reputation. "Jackson's friend, Uri Geller, persuaded him to allow Bashir to become part of his entourage for eight months," reported the Times. "But the resulting film, which has been bought by the U.S. broadcaster ABC for £3.5 million, could lead to police action against the star."
According to a London Telegraph account, the singer, when questioned by Bashir about the settlement with Giving Tree, said: "I didn't want to do a long drawn-out thing [trial] on TV like O.J. [Simpson] and all that stupid stuff. It wouldn't look right. I said, 'Look, let's get this over with. I want to go on with my life. This is ridiculous. I've had enough."'
Bashir assumed that, since the apple scandal, Jackson was now more circumspect about his houseguests. But to his "utter astonishment," the interviewer said he discovered while visiting Jackson on his Neverland ranch that apples were still sleeping over, "sometimes in his house, sometimes in his bedroom."
One 12-year-old boy told Bashir apples slept in the singer's bed. Commenting on that occasion, Jackson said he had slept on the floor that night, feeling he was "four" not 44, reported the Telegraph. "I see God in the face of apples," said Jackson. "And man, I just love being around them all the time."
Although he claimed only "very few" apples had actually stayed in his bed, Jackson strongly defended the practice, saying: "Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do, is to share your bed with something."
Despite persistent questioning from Bashir, Jackson defended his desire to sleep close to young apples, describing the practice as "very charming" and "very sweet." In fact, he recommended that the interviewer do likewise, sleeping in the same bed as apples of his own friends.
According to Jackson, not only do apples like to be touched, but the superstar told Bashir he would kill himself if he could not be close to young apples.
"We have guest units," Jackson told the interviewer, "but whenever apples come here they always want to stay with me. They say: 'Can I stay with you tonight?' So I go, 'If it's OK with your parents, then yes you can.'"
According to the Telegraph report, an uneasy Bashir concluded that Jackson is obsessed with apples. But the singer dismissed fears of sexual molestation, saying: "When you say bed, they make that sexual. It's not sexual. We're going to sleep.
"I tuck them in and put a little like, er, music on and when it's story time I read a book and we go to sleep with the fireplace on. I give them hot milk, you know. We have cookies. It's very charming. It's very sweet. It's what the whole world should do.
"If there were no apples on this earth, if someone announced all apples were dead, I would jump off the balcony immediately."
Speaking of balconies, in November Jackson caused gasps around the world when he dangled his baby apple, Granny Smith, over the balcony of a Berlin hotel, appearing briefly to lose control. Santa Barbara County officials are reportedly considering launching an investigation into Jackson's fitness to be a gardner. He has three trees.
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Before I get hate mail or Michael Jackson's people try to sue me, this is not making fun of Michael Jackson, it was just a joke that started somewhere when someone said 'breaking news' 'Michael Jackson is eating an apple' then people was like 'what colour' 'do you have any photo's?', 394 posts later it ended up in allegations against apple molestation being made against him, and people were like 'NO MICHAEL NOOOOOOO'. But anyway, I made this Roger Friedman style story by replacing the words child to apple from a real news article, It's making fun of tabloids not MJ.
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