4. Various of court documents being released to reporters
5. Pan of reporters reading documents
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Sneddon, Santa Barbara County District Attorney:
"Good afternoon. I'm here to announce, as you probably all know by now, that we've filed formal charges, felony criminal complaint against Mr Jackson. The felony complaint involves nine counts, seven counts of 288A in violation of the California penal code, commonly known as child molestation and two counts in violation of penal code 222 that involves administering an intoxicating liquor to a child for the purpose of committing a felony. Those are the nine counts. In addition to that there are several special allegations that have been alleged, some of which the jury, well all of which the jury, will have before them and the findings could make Mr Jackson ineligible for probation and could substantially affect the amount of time that he could spend incarcerated if the findings are found true."
Los Angeles, California - November 20, 2003
7. Pop star Michael Jackson leaving car wearing handcuffs at Santa Barbara County main jail gates
Los Angeles, California - FILE
8. Jackson leaving car
Los Angeles, California - December 18, 2003
9. Press conference with lawyers for Michael Jackson
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Brian Kabateck, lawyer for Jackson:
"We know, we know that they were trying to sell that tape, for we heard between a million and a million five (US dollars) for the price of that tape. So somebody cares that they are trying to videotape an attorney and his client having a conversation and that is one of the most sacred parts of our system is a lawyer and the clients ability to have a conversation in absolute confidence. And we are not going to sit here and Mr Jackson is not going to sit around and have someone secretly surreptitiously audio tape or video tape him or both. And then try to sell that and market that on the open market. Just like Mark Geragos (Michael Jackson's attorney) said a few weeks back, we are not going to sit around and allow that sort of conduct to take place."
Santa Barbara, California - November 20, 2003
11. Charter jet carrying Jackson arriving in Santa Barbara
Pop star Michael Jackson was formally charged on Thursday with repeatedly molesting a cancer-stricken boy invited to his Neverland Ranch, setting the stage for what could become one of the most sensational celebrity cases the world has ever seen.
The nine-count felony complaint charged Jackson with seven counts alleging lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.
No specific details of the alleged acts were included in the complaint, which repeatedly stated they were committed "with the intent of arousing,
appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires" of Jackson.
The complaint further alleged that Jackson had "substantial sexual conduct" with the child in February and March.
At a news conference, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon dismissed the suggestion that the delay in filing charges signaled a weak case.
Sneddon agreed to delay Jackson's arraignment a week to January 16 and return Jackson's passport to allow him to travel to Britain from December 20 to January 6.
The charges could send Jackson to prison for years and destroy his already flagging career.
The molestation counts each carry between three to eight years in prison.
They come nearly a month after authorities raided Jackson's Neverland Ranch and arrested him days later on suspicion of child molestation.
He has been free on three (m) million US dollars bail.
Jackson has said the charges are "predicated on a big lie."
His attorney, Mark Geragos, has said Jackson's accusers are after the singer's money.
The allegations are believed to involve a boy, now 14, who spent nights in Jackson's bedroom at his estate, which gets its name from the Peter Pan
It was not immediately clear what the intoxication charges involved, but the mother of the alleged victim has claimed Jackson gave the boy wine, a
source close to the family, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press this year.
Ten months ago, the boy appeared on national television in a British documentary holding hands with Jackson, who said the two had slept in the same bedroom but not the same bed.
A decade ago, Jackson thwarted Sneddon and escaped prosecution in another molestation case.
He settled out of court with the accuser's family for a reported 15 (m) million to 20 (m) million US dollars, and the boy refused to testify.
No charges were ever brought.
A judge on Thursday extended an order barring a charter jet company from making public a videotape that Michael Jackson claims was secretly recorded as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in the child-molestation investigation.
The videotape was recorded aboard the jet as Jackson flew with defense attorney Mark Geragos last month.