Nicole Richie: Paris Hilton’s pal defends Michael Jackson

Did having sleepovers with Michael Jackson turn Nicole Richie into a troubled rich kid? Nicole Richie, 22, Paris Hilton’s good pal and co-star of next week’s Fox reality show, The Simple Life , told the press today that she had spent much of her childhood at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and insisted that if the “King of Pop” had acted inappropriately, she would have told her parents.
“You know, a group of us would all sleep in the same room. It was like, absolutely nothing more than just an adult kind of wanting to be a kid again. Just, you know, enjoying the company of children… I never had any complaints, and you know, I love him.”
Given that Richie has been arrested for heroin possession, done two stints in rehab, and is rumored to have started some ugly spats at NYC clubs, one wonders about her as a character witness.