Frank Swertlow and Stephen M. Silverman
September 01, 2004 08:00 AM

Despite his legal woes, Michael Jackson showed up at a family get-together Monday to celebrate his 46th birthday at Noe Restaurant, inside the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, reports PEOPLE.

The celebration included his parents, Joe and Katherine, as well as siblings Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Janet.

“It was a gathering of friends and family,” said Brian Oxman, an attorney representing the star in his battle against child molestation charges in Santa Barbara County.

“It was very quiet and not a party,” Oxman stressed. “These people are united. They care for each other, and you can’t get that anywhere except with family and close friends.”

Jackson, wearing a diamond-studded red shirt and black pants, arrived at the Omni in a white SUV with his three children: Prince Michael, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael II.

Janet, who wore a cream-colored top and large beach hat, dined along with other guests on an 11-course menu, including butternut squash soup.

On the legal front, things remain relatively quiet this week after pre-trial hearings last week and the announcement from Santa Barbara County sheriff Jim Anderson that he was vindicated by a state attorney general’s report finding no evidence deputies and jail staff manhandled Jackson during his arrest last year. The star had told 60 Minutes that he had been handled roughly.

Jackson is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 31. He has pleaded not guilty to committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He remains free on $3 million bail.

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