During the coverage of Michael Jackson's Memorial on the Fox network, journalist Geraldo Rivera made the following comments about Michael Jackson's "friends:"
"The vast majority of the people in that hall, and certainly ninety nine percent of the celebrities who have come to this memorial did not stand anywhere near Michael Jackson during the years he was accused of those horrible crimes, and they didn't say, 'We believe him innocent, they didn't say let the case go where it may, let the facts prove innocence or guilt.' They just disappeared, and now they have resurfaced to celebrate his life.
That is entirely fitting I'm sure, but I personally can't get over the memory of 2005. When Michael Jackson stood essentially alone and accused and convicted in the minds of many of the most perverse crime."