Jacko's Bad Day In Court

His accuser testifies in Michael Jackson's sexual-abuse trial, and the judge almost revokes bail when the singer goes AWOL

Maybe it really was a lightning attack of back spasms that kept Michael Jackson out of court last week. (It's plausible.) Or maybe he just thought the event thus far had been short on melodrama. (It hadn't.) But on Thursday, when he finally appeared in Santa Barbara County Superior Court after the judge in his child-molestation case threatened to revoke his $3 million bail, the deposed King of Pop displayed his usual showmanship, even if not his usual sartorial flair.

Wearing a dark jacket over blue pajama bottoms, and supported by bodyguards, the 46-year-old moonwalker did a slow, frail moon swoon...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!