Singer Michael Jackson has been seen in public for the first
time since being cleared of child abuse charges in June.
The star attended the Billy Elliot musical on
Saturday in London's West End and was besieged by fans on Friday
at a recording studio in the city.
Jackson is believed to be recording a single
for the American victims of Hurricane Katrina.
His publicist said the UK visit was his first
public outing. He has been in Dubai since the trial in
The singer arrived in a people carrier with
his children 15 minutes late for the matinee performance of the
The Billy Elliot musical tells the tale of a
boy growing up in a tough mining town in the north of England
who wants to be ballet dancer.
Sir Elton John has provided music for the
stage version of the successful film.
Inside the theatre, Gary Dean, 43, from
Ramsgate, sat three rows in front of Jackson during the
He said: "We knew at the interval that he was
there and there was some clapping.
"Nobody really knew before that because the
lights had gone down by the time he came in."
Jackson's children had their faces concealed
by a pink coat and a blue scarf.
Throughout the show, hundreds of his admirers
waited outside brandishing posters of support and chanting his
On Friday Jackson signed autographs after
being pursued by fans through an underground car park.
The star has also been spotted in the
Dorchester Hotel, London, meeting fans and posing for
Mike Hollingsworth, who was organising a
charity ball in the hotel, said he saw Jackson in the reception
area on Friday.
"He was surrounded by a large group of people
but it was unmistakably him. He spent several minutes meeting
people and posing for photos.
"He kept trying to cover his face but from
what I could see he looked well."
He is believed to be recording a charity song,
From The Bottom Of My Heart, for victims of the hurricane.
It is not clear which recording studio is
being used by the star or how fans knew where the singer would
Footage of fans surrounding Jackson at the car
park of the studio was released by 2 Seas Records, a joint
venture between Bahrain's Southern Governor Shaikh Abdullah bin
Hamad Al Khalifa and Jackson's brother Jermaine.
Jackson climbed onto a car's roof in the car
park to greet his fans, who took photos on cameras and mobile