[monkeywire] Michael Jackson visits primates, shuns humans
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Thu Nov 21 15:54:07 EST 2002
November 21, 2002, Thursday
11:08 Central European Time
SECTION: Culture, Entertainment
LENGTH: 744 words
HEADLINE: FEATURE: Michael Jackson peers at primates, shuns human peers
It could hardly be more ironic: Throngs braved freezing temperatures
outside Michael Jackson's hotel in Berlin in the hope of glimpsing
him through his window as meanwhile the star himself slipped off to
the zoo to peer into the primate paddock.
Bundled against the cold, the 44-year-old King of Pop and two of this
three children were whisked out the rear of the posh Adlon Hotel at
Brandenburg Gate to visit the monkeys at the world-famed Berlin Zoo
on the other side of the Tiergarten park.
Accompanied by a relative dearth of photographers, Jackson doffed his
surgical mask to smile and laugh at the antics of gorillas, one of
whom pounded on the compound wall as the star approached with his two
toddlers in tow.
While he pointed and smiled, it was impossible to gauge the small
children's reactions since their faces were covered in rose-tinted
veils which trailed down to their shoulders. In the wake of
embarrassment earlier this week, Jackson did not bring along his
infant third child - the one he dangled out of a fourth-floor window
upon his arrival at the Adlon to the stunned shock of fans below. The
star later issued an apology, saying, "I made a terrible mistake."
The 44-year-old star has two children by former wife Debbie Rowe.
They are a boy Prince Michael, 5, and a girl Paris Michael Katherine,
4. In addition, he has another child, the mother of whom has never
been revealed. That infant is a 9-month-old boy called Prince Michael
II - dubbed "No. 3" by the tabloid press.
Jackson has been sighted all over Berlin meanwhile, as lookalike
Jackos have converged on the German capital to capitalise on his
presence. A person or persons resembling Jackson - complete with
surgeon's mask - was variously seen at a major record shop, a big
department store, several restaurants, a cafe and a popular night
A lookalike Jacko also periodically strides through the lobby of the
Adlon Hotel, though Jacksonologists say they are not fooled - the
skin colour and body build are all wrong.
Jackson, who made front-page news last week with photographs of his
unmasked face, is being sued for 20 million dollars by Marcel Avram,
a Belgian-based promoter who alleges that Jackson backed out of four
planned millennium concerts.
The star denies the claim and maintains that Avram cancelled the show
because of poor ticket sales.
Jackson reportedly is upset at pictures released last week by a court
photographer which showed him with a plaster over his nose, several
scars, swollen lips and heavy make-up around his eyes.
The picture attracted widespread attention in the media, prompting
speculation about the negative effects of years of plastic surgery.
But one German family that got an up-close view of Jackson said the
photographs did not do justice to the King of Pop.
"He looks just like a regular guy and certainly did not have a
plaster on his nose," said Susann Wolf, who along with her husband
and two children were invited up to Jackson's digs in the Adlon's
Presidential Suite for a friendly chat over soft drinks and snacks.
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