Thursday, March 8, 2007 · Last updated 10:47 a.m. PT Michael Jackson ‘wouldn’t change’ career By ERIC TALMADGE ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER TOKYO — Amid a lavish party filled with fans, impersonators, orphans and handicapped children, Michael Jackson said Thursday that he wouldn’t change the path of his career, despite “deliberate attempts to hurt me.” The reclusive pop star, in Tokyo for several “fan appreciation events,” was the guest of honor at a party where about 400 people paid $3,500 each for a buffet dinner, a show featuring several Japanese Jackson impersonators and a chance to take photos with Jackson. More than 100 orphans and handicapped children were invited for free. Wearing sunglasses and dressed in a black-and-gold Roberto Cavalli suit, Jackson appeared on the stage at the end of the six-hour party to read a brief thank you.
Fans pay 3,400 dollars for Michael Jackson by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura Thu Mar 8, 9:59 AM ET …Michael Jackson dispensed hugs and handshakes Thursday to Japanese fans, who spent thousands of dollars and an hour in the cold for a few seconds with the reclusive former King of Pop. Jackson showed up late for a party in Tokyo where several hundred fans paid 400,000 yen (3,400 dollars) a ticket for an exclusive dinner and a snapshot with the music legend. Wearing dark sunglasses and a black suit with glitter, Jackson took each fan into a private cubicle for a brief photo shoot, a dinner guest said.