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The Jackson 5

Who will benefit from Michael Jackson's misfortune? Thanks to The King of Pop the heat is off these five people

Allegations of child molestation are wreaking havoc on Michael Jackson's career, but not everyone is suffering. In the O.J. days, reporters like Greta Van Susteren and attorneys like Marcia Clark had to work the trial all the way through before landing their own shows. These days, there's no wait! Five stand to reap the benefits of Jackson's misfortune.

JERMAINE JACKSON

First to call treatment of brother Michael a ''lynching,'' making him a media favorite who's getting more airtime than he did when he was in the original Jackson 5.

DIANE DIMOND

She got the scoop on the Jackson raid and landed a Court TV gig (''It's what got me the show,'' she boasts) as well as numerous network and cable appearances. Book deal pending.

MARK GERAGOS

With high-profile clients (''Free Winona,'' Scott Peterson, Jackson), Geragos has become the go-to guy for celebs who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

LEONARD MUHAMMAD, NATION OF ISLAM

Previously unknown son-in-law of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; his sudden role as Jackson's adviser has upped his national profile.

KOBE BRYANT

The more wild Jackson behaves, the less wild Kobe looks. Outrage at his post-arraignment Teen Choice Awards stint was trumped only by that over Jackson's post-arraignment party.

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints
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