The Cuffed One

Michael Jackson puts a comeback on hold after he is arrested on allegations of child molestation

To judge from the media coverage--the instant prime-time TV specials; the nonstop frenzy on CNN and in the newspapers; the rapid, rabid airing of the most lurid speculation--you would think Michael Jackson's arrest on charges of molesting a 12-year-old boy was the surprise ending of a story rather than the next and perhaps last act in a tale that threatens to carry with it a tragic inevitability.

Jackson faced similar allegations 10 years ago--the criminal case was dismissed when the accuser refused to testify after settling a civil suit in which the family was reportedly paid $20 million--and rumors of infantile...

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