Janet Jackson received an award for her charity work on Friday (13FEB04), in her first public appearance since her breast was exposed during the SUPER BOWL half-time show.

BEHIND THE BENCH, an association of NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) players' wives, honoured Jackson at their annual fundraiser at California's Beverly Hills Hotel.

Behind the Bench spokesman VINCE McCASKILL says, "She has done a wonderful job giving back to communities across America. That fact has not changed. She was on board with this seven months ago. We never even considered her not being here."

Jackson had not appeared in public since singer Justin Timberlake ripped open her bustier, exposing her breast at the 1 February (04) football final. The stunt sparked outrage and prompted a FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION investigation.

19/02/2004 13:39