Michael Jackson Brings Blanket to the Brink
The King of Pop's reign was already on shaky ground in 2002, especially after earlier allegations of sexual misconduct and a pair of divorces. But this photo, which showed him dangling his 9-month-old son Prince Michael II off the balcony of Berlin's Hotel Adlon, certainly didn't do him any favors. It was just one moment – Jackson had been waiving to throngs of fans below – but it played perfectly into the tabloids' narrative that he was becoming increasingly unhinged, and further swayed the public's perception of the once infallible superstar. Ironically, when the photo was shot, Jackson was in Berlin to accept an award for his charity work on behalf of children.