COCKER HOOP!; Victory for Jarvis over Brits Jacko `Assault'
Wright, Matthew, The Mirror (London, England)
PULP star Jarvis Cocker scored a triumphant victory last night in his fight to prove his innocence of a Brit Awards assault.
Amid amazing scenes, Jarvis was cleared by police over his on-stage demo during a Michael Jackson song.
The decision not to prosecute crowned the Mirror's Justice for Jarvis campaign, backed by thousands of readers and a string of showbiz stars.
Last night 33-year-old Jarvis saluted the all-clear by saying: "It was wonderful to have so much support from Mirror readers and all the celebrities."
Jarvis, who resented Jackson's Brit portrayal of himself as a Christ- like figure, also weighed in with a few digs at the superstar...and a compliment.
The Pulp singer told me that Jackson's performance at Earls Court last month was "in bad taste".
He said of Jackson: "I think it would be good for him to get a bit of reality into his life."
And asked if he had a message for Jacko fans, he replied: "Grow up."
He laughed off egg-throwing incidents as Jacko fans gathered at Kensington police station, west London, to see the "enemy" answer bail.
Sheffield-born Jarvis quipped: "As my friend said, you could have made a good Yorkshire pudding out of that."
As we shared a bottle of champagne, Jarvis stressed he hadn't got "a personal vendetta" against Jackson, and added: "Anybody who invented the moonwalk is all right by me.
He said he couldn't see himself doing a duet with Jackson, but said: "I wish him well...I would like him to give me some dancing lessons."
Jarvis said he planned to celebrate by going home to "get on with fixing the car".
Police had been investigating complaints that Jarvis assaulted three children who were knocked aside as he ran on stage at the Brits.
Jacko was performing his No.1 hit Earth Song, surrounded by children meant to represent the world's suffering. …