Michael Jackson - Richie Freaked Out By Jacko's Missing Python
Writing the charity anthem We Are The World with Michael Jackson was a terrifying experience for Lionel Richie - because he didn't realise the King of Pop's pet python had escaped in the room where they were creating music magic.
The soul man recalls he and his odd pal were close to completing the Usa For Africa song when he saw something slithering out the corner of his eye.
He says, "As I glance over my shoulder I'm looking into the face of a yellowish python. I am screaming like the last horror movie... and he (Jackson) goes, 'Oh my God, there he is. Y'know Lionel, he was lost in the room. I knew he was here somewhere.'
"I said to him, 'Michael, are you telling me you had a python in your room...?' He said, 'He's been lost for a week.'"