Central London was witness to chaotic scenes this afternoon (May 25) when hysterical Michael Jackson fans who were camped outside his hotel tried to get closer to their hero.
Jackson is currently in the UK to perform a private concert at a gala for Elizabeth Taylor. Fans had been waiting outside The Dorchester Hotel on London‘s Park Lane for a number of hours when Jackson arrived in a black van with blacked-out windows.
In the chaos that followed, fans were restrained by police and hotel officials as they ran to the vehicle and attempted to get a view of Jackson. One fan was carried off in hysterics by plain clothes security officials after clinging onto the car and refusing to let go.
When the path became clear, Jackson, who was protecting himself with a face mask, as well as covering his head with an umbrella, took time to wave to the crowds, before entering the hotel.
One eyewitness told nme.com: “It was unbelievable, I couldn’t believe how hysterical everyone became, how they changed when they saw him. People were running and hitting the car, trying to get a better view. I know Michael Jackson fans have a reputation as obsessive, but this was totally outrageous.”
Ironically, the incident happened only yards away from where the world’s press were gathered for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, which recognise the best British songwriters, composers and music publishers. Musicians who had attended the awards included Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Travis, Pet Shop Boys, Lulu and Elvis Costello.