German police said today (Nov. 20) they will examine whether Michael Jackson committed a crime earlier this week by dangling his baby from a fourth-floor hotel window in Berlin in front of hundreds of
German police said today (Nov. 20) they will examine whether Michael Jackson committed a crime earlier this week by dangling his baby from a fourth-floor hotel window in Berlin in front of hundreds of fans.
"We are examining if there is cause to open an investigation into whether a crime was committed," a Berlin police spokesperson said after Tuesday's incident was captured on film and widely broadcast around the world. The spokesperson said if it turned out there was suspicion of parental "neglect of duty in respect of care and supervision," a formal investigation would be started.
The spokesperson declined to give details of what the preliminary inquiry would entail and wouldn't say if Jackson himself, who is still staying at Berlin's five-star Adlon hotel, would be questioned by police. Jackson could not be reached for comment. A spokesperson for the organizers of the German television award ceremony Jackson is due to attend said they had no comment on the matter.
The pop superstar has already apologized for the dangerous stunt after widespread complaints, saying he was excited by enthusiastic fans gathered outside his hotel. The reclusive singer opened a window and held his baby, whose head was covered by a towel, over a railing with just one arm. The stunt shocked fans who had been screaming his name on the street below.
"I offer no excuses for what happened. I made a terrible mistake. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children," Jackson said in a statement. Jackson has three children, two by ex-wife Debbie Rowe, five-year-old son Prince Michael and four-year-old daughter Paris. He has not revealed the mother of his baby son, who is less than one year old.
The Berlin police spokesperson said police had received several calls of complaint over the incident, but said police had launched the review, not yet a formal investigation, on their own initiative.
Jackson is in Berlin to receive a Bambi lifetime achievement award at a ceremony tonight. Yesterday he participated in a charity auction in the city, raising $16,000 for homeless children by selling one of his stage jackets.
"I'm glad to give back some of the love I received... to the children," Jackson said, announcing the creation of the Michael Jackson Foundation for homeless children in Germany. "This will support the kids... 3,000 German children who live on the streets of Germany."
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