Jackson Receives Humanitarian Award
Michael Jackson has been honoured in Washington DC for his work fighting Aids in Africa.
Apparently unmoved by the Los Angeles grand jury currently hearing evidence in his child molestation case, Jackson watched a children's choir as they performed his hit 'Heal the World' and gathered them on his lap, embracing other children, patting their heads and hugging them.
"It is very important to me to help raise awareness and funds for our sister continent, Africa", Jackson said in a statement released before the ceremony.
During his three days in Washington, Jackson, dressed in a spangled jacket and silver-sequinned boots, toured the halls of the Capitol and met with members of Congress. Though he said little, he attracted hordes of reporters and was trailed by fans, enthusiastic maintenance workers and congressional staffers using their camera phones to take photographs.
"It set Capitol Hill on fire", said Leon Buck, chief of staff to US Republican Sheila Jackson Lee, who helped arrange Jackson's visit.
One staffer even fainted in the hubbub, Buck said.