Child- like pop star a.k.a. The Gloved One made a tearful appeal for the children of the world.
Pop star Michael Jackson made a tearful appeal to the world to introduce a children`s bill of rights that would ensure parents read bedtime stories to their sons and daughters and make them feel loved.
Jackson was speaking at the Oxford Debating Chambers to promote his `Heal the Kids` charity and call for a renewal of parent-child bonds. In a lecture punctuated by tears, Jackson urged children to forgive their parents as he spoke of the difficulty of growing up under the spotlight of stardom.
His choice of a good cause could raise some eyebrows -- in 1993 a 12-year-old boy accused Jackson of sexually molesting him. The singer, whose 1982 production `Thriller` was the best-selling album of all time, denied any wrong-doing and no criminal charges were ever filed. He settled the matter out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Jackson`s charity was founded last year in partnership with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach under the umbrella organization of the L`Chaim society, based in New York. Boteach is the author of such titles as `Kosher Sex`.