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Michael Jackson celebrates return to Neverland. A parade of celebrities, including MC Hammer and Ryan Seacrest, turn up at a Jackson celebration over the weekend

Two days after prosecutors charged him with molesting a young boy, Michael Jackson returned to his Neverland Ranch on Saturday, bringing a passel of celebrities along with him to celebrate his homecoming. Among the celebs who attended were Eddie Griffin, Nick and Aaron Carter, Serena Williams, and MC Hammer, Jackson's rep told USA Today. LaToya Jackson and lawyer Mark Geragos also showed up. Noticeably absent were longtime Jackson pals Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin.

Jackson rep Stuart Backerman told reporters that the event -- attended by some 600 people -- should not be considered a party. ''This event is to show Michael he has the love and support of his friends and family.'' A dozen or so fans also showed up outside Neverland, holding signs proclaiming the star's innocence, or suggesting that the media ''Leave Him Alone.'' Unless, of course, he invites them to a ''celebration.''

Originally posted Dec 22, 2003
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