Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jacko: New Charges

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jacko: New Charges

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Byline: By John Smith

If a newly bespectacled Michael Jackson was shocked at the multiple child abuse, abduction and false imprisonment charges laid against him yesterday he hid it well when he walked out of a California court smiling.

Jackson, who faces a long prison sentence if convicted, stepped up to a microphone and thanked his fans for their support but refused to answer questions.

Minutes earlier Jackson, 45, who this week said his "life was at stake", pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging him with child molestation and a conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

The indictment also included four counts of lewd acts involving a child, one count involving an attempted lewd act upon a child and four counts of administering an intoxicating agent to a child.

After being given copies of the indictment, Jackson and his legal team went into a room next to the courtroom in Santa Maria to read it. …

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