HOLLYWOOD, California (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — On Wednesday HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky interviewed some Michael Jackson spectators who waited in line to get one of the six available seats in court that day, one who talked about the comings and goings of Michael Jackson. (See video, left side bar.)
Gregory Son, one of the courthouse spectators, said he moved from Washington State just so that he could attend the Michael Jackson molestation trial.
Gregory met Michael several times and was invited to Neverland in 2005.
Gregory said he realizes not everyone would understand his move from Washington to attend the trial but that those who live by it would understand. He said, “It’s something that’s inside you. It’s almost like a family member. You would go that distance for your brother.”
Dr. Drew said it seemed to him like Michael Jackson had become almost a religious figure to those who worshipped him. Gregory said it does get very spiritual and said, “I believe that God plays a part in everything.”
Gregory said Michael was a very spiritual person and that he does get spirituality out of it. Dr. Drew asked if he was outside Michael’s house during the 2005 trial, and if he was subsequently working which is what brought him in proximity with Michael.
Gregory said, “Yeah, every day he was going in and out of the house. He was very wonderful. He’d always wave and roll down the window and take pictures, give hugs, shake hands. One day he bought all the fans pizza outside and everybody was eating pizza on Michael Jackson.”
Asked if there was speculation about where he was going every day, Gregory said, “He kept going in and out of the house and I remember saying to the lady I was working with, ‘Where do you think he’s going all the time? He keeps coming and back and forth,’ so we asked the fans and they said Michael was going to the doctor and that he was going to see Dr. Klein, the dermatologist.”
Gregory said it was very questionable why Michael kept going back and forth. Dr. Drew asked if Michael would talk to the fans when he was going out and coming back, or only when he was going out. Gregory confirmed it was only as he was going out.
Dr. Drew asked, “Do you think that was part of the problem, or that’s when things were getting out hand.” He said he’s heard from Michael’s friends that he trusted the people around him and asked Gregory, “Is that when things started going off the rails?”
“I do believe all the people around Michael Jackson, the ‘Yes Men’ did play a part in it. Unfortunately, it plays a part in a lot of celebrity’s lives,” Gregory said.
Dr. Drew said, “This is a story about fame and money, isn’t it?”
Gregory said, “That does play a big part.”
Asked if he could represent the feelings of the Michael Jackson fans today – is it just deep sadness? Gregory said, “We’re very, very distraught. It’s a deep, deep pain. Like I said, it’s like if you lost your brother. I feel like me, he was always a mentor for me and I feel like I lost a father almost. A family member – it’s that deep.
“It’s unexplainable to some people but I understand it, we understand it.”
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