Outraged British tabloids today demanded an investigation of pop star Michael Jackson for endangering his infant son by dangling him over a fourth-floor balcony railing at a Berlin hotel.
After video images of the squirming baby shocked viewers in Europe and the United States, the reclusive pop legend issued a statement saying he made a "terrible mistake" Tuesday by holding Prince Michael II aloft from a window 60 feet above the ground.
The boy's face was draped with a white cloth, which German newspapers reported was a precaution to protect his children from being kidnapped.
"I offer no excuses for what happened. I made a terrible mistake. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children," Jackson said in the statement.
British tabloids were especially critical of Jackson. The Sun called him "You lunatic" and the Daily Mirror, "Mad bad dad."
"The Berlin police should arrest this negligent father for reckless endangerment of his own child," wrote the Mirror's show business editor, Kevin O'Sullivan.
Berlin prosecutors said they were not investigating the incident, although an inquiry could be opened if any complaint were filed against Jackson.
Little is known about Jackson's youngest son, but People Magazine reported in August that he was 6 months old and that he had not been adopted; however, no mother was identified.
The singer's 5-year-old son, Prince Michael, and 4-year-old daughter, Paris, were born during his marriage to Debbie Rowe, which ended in 1999.