Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jackson Allegations `a Big Lie'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jackson Allegations `a Big Lie'

Article excerpt

Pop star Michael Jackson broke his silence on the latest child sex allegations against him yesterday, saying they were "a big lie".

Jackson said he would prove himself innocent in court and put "this horrible time" behind him.

The Thriller star released a statement on a website set up to refute the allegations, which are believed to come from a 12 or 13-year-old cancer sufferer.

Jackson said: "To my fans, friends and family: As you know, the charges recently directed at me are terribly serious.

"They are, however, predicated on a big lie. This will be shown in court and we will be able to put this horrible time behind us."

Jackson, arrested last Thursday after a warrant was issued, said there was only so much he could say because of the legal proceedings and he would not be providing a "running commentary" on the case. "We intend to try our case in the courtroom, not in the public or the media," he said.

"You are right to be skeptical of some of the individuals who are being identified in the mass media as my friends, spokespeople and attorneys. …

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