Live 8 organiser Russell Simmons is still hoping troubled popstar MICHAEL
JACKSON will perform at the Philadelphia leg of tomorrow's (02JUL05) charity
The hip-hop mogul insists memories of the THRILLER star's recent child
abuse case would not blight the show - and he is convinced Jackson's super
stardom can only help the fight against poverty.
Simmons wants Jackson to appear for a grand finale performance of the 1985
Live Aid anthem WE ARE THE WORLD, which Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie.
He says, "He was found not guilty. The guy deserves the benefit of the
doubt. He's the most newsworthy (performer). If he jumps on that stage, that'll
mean a lot. He hasn't said no. Until he says no, I'll keep dreaming."
Jackson, who was acquitted earlier this month (13JUN05), is currently on
holiday in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain.