Adoring fans and photographers gathered in London to catch a glimpse of popstar Michael Jackson when he attended the launch of a book written by two of his friends, psychic Uri Geller and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Jackson arrived at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Monday evening for the book launch, hobbling on crutches after fracturing a bone in his foot before his arrival in Britain.
The popstar will deliver his first ever public lecture at Britain's Oxford University Union on Tuesday.
Jackson will also be best man at Geller's renewal of his wedding vows in Berkshire on Wednesday, while Boteach will officiate at the ceremony.
The book by Geller and Rabbi Boteach, entitled 'Confessions of a Rabbi and Psychic', features a series of letters between the two.
Jackson will be launching his new charity, Heal the Kids, while speaking about child welfare and the need for parents to devote more time to their children.
The university's Union has given a platform to a variety of controversial characters in the past, including O-J Simpson and Jerry Springer, but rarely has it seen such anticipation about the arrival of a world famous guest.
Students have been queuing for days in the debating chamber to pick up tickets for Jackson's speech.
They are becoming a prized possession after a deluge of requests to attend.
Students who can't get into the debating chamber because of lack of space will crowd into an ante room which will carry sound from the speech.
Jackson was accused of child abuse in 1993, but the case was settled out of court and he was never charged.
The fact that the popstar was investigated by Californian police for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy hasn't been lost on the students, but most are willing to give him a fair hearing.
The event at the Union has been organised in large part by the flamboyant New York Rabbi, Boteach, who has forged a strong friendship with Jackson over the past couple of years.
Boteach was Oxford University's Rabbi for eleven years and was introduced to Jackson by Geller.
Jackson and the Rabbi both led a conference on their Heal the Kids charity in New York three weeks ago.
"Come here to see Michael Jackson. We follow him all the time, we want to seen him and... I work for a fan club.
Q: How did he look to you?
A: He looked brilliant, absolutely brilliant, yeh - really well.
Q: He's getting a lot of criticism for talking at the Oxford Union tomorrow about children and he was accused to abusing children - what do you think about that?
A: Absolute rubbish, all right. I've met Michael Jackson and he's the kindest, most generous person in the world and he would never do that and tomorrow I'm going to be at Oxford and we're all gong to support him. And he's just the greatest person ever."