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Jaco dangles baby ...

Michael Jackson said he made a "terrible mistake" by holding his young son over the railing of a fourth-floor balcony at a Berlin hotel to show fans who wanted to see the child but shocking many people who watched the scene captured on video.

The boy, his legs kicking, had what appeared to be a white cloth over his head as Jackson, briefly holding the child with one arm, displayed him Tuesday to dozens of fans waiting outside the luxurious Adlon Hotel.

German and U.S. television news programs repeatedly broadcast footage of the reclusive pop star holding the toddler, with one arm around his waist, over the edge of the balcony railing.

Tuesday night, Jackson issued a statement saying he had gotten carried away when fans below the window asked to see the baby. "I made a terrible mistake," he said. "I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children."

The child, Prince Michael II, is Jackon's third child, said Antje Sigesmund, a spokeswoman for the Bambi entertainment award ceremony, which Jackson is attending in Berlin. People Magazine reported in August that he was six months old. The magazine, citing an anonymous friend, said the boy was not adopted and did not identify the mother.

The singer also has two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe: a 5-year-old boy -- also named Prince Michael -- and a 4-year-old girl, Paris.
Jailhouse buddies ...
High-powered publicity princess Lizzie Grubman, who went to jail for mowing down 16 people with her car at a Southampton nightclub last summer, has made some friends at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility.

"This poor woman came in like 10 days ago, and she was crying because she was so cold. I had this extra flannel Victoria's Secret nightgown, so I gave it to her," Grubman told the New York Post in a phone interview. The nightgown soon sparked a frenzied bidding war among the other inmates; one bid as many as seven chocolate bars.

Adam and Eve ...
Filmmaker Atom Egoyan owes his weird first name to the dawn of the atomic age in Egypt.

Born in 1960 in Cairo, around the time nuclear power plants began opening in Egypt, Egoyan tells the Associated Press: "My parents had the idea that here was this new source of energy, so it would be great to name their son after it. Sort of a vaguely hippie-ish idea."

Since his first name was pronounced like "Adam," it created a running joke when Egoyan's parents named his sister Eve.

The family immigrated to Canada when he a boy. "When I was a kid, all I wanted to be called was 'Tom,'" he said. "I just wished my parents had not given me the burden of this unusual name."

Santana's way ...
Michelle Branch says her collaboration with Carlos Santana on "The Game of Love" was unlike any song she'd recorded.

"It was the first time for me to sing somebody else's song," the 19-year-old told AP Television News. "Usually I'm like, 'Oh, I want it this way,' and I'm in charge."

When she went into the recording studio, Santana had already put his guitar track down on the song. "So I didn't meet him, I didn't know what was going on, I didn't know anything," Branch said. "It felt to me like, wow, it seems like there's so much at stake, I'm going to go in there and just sing my heart out and just cross my fingers."

Santana, who won eight Grammy Awards in 2000 for his "Supernatural" album, seems happy with the result. "It's refreshing to meet someone so young yet so deep. Her voice, it's like from an old soul (that's) been around this planet for a long time," he said.

Strumming away ...
Now that Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has released a solo album, he wants to be a serious musician. "I'm learning to play the guitar. I've been playing for a year now, and now I'm getting to a point where I can play with my band," Carter, 22, told the AP. "I play drums, and I want to develop into a really respectable artist, as a writer, as a producer."

Carter's debut album, "Now or Never," was released late last month. He says his bandmates support his solo career. "They realize that this is making me a better person, a better individual," he said. "I'm learning how to be a musician, how to be a better artist, and it makes me feel like I can contribute more to the group when I come back, that I can hold more weight."

Taylor is a dad ...
Taylor Hanson, middle brother of pop singing trio Hanson, is a dad at 19.

Hanson and his wife, Natalie Anne Bryant, 18, became parents to Jordan Ezra in Oklahoma on Halloween morning. "We're so excited to start a family," Hanson said. "Life and art are all about these moments."

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