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Jackson Maintains Innocence Via Web Site

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Nov 24, 2003 | 8:47am EST

Believing the child molestation charges against him is based on "a big lie," Michael Jackson has created a Web site to talk about the criminal charges he faces with his fans, Reuters reports.

"As you know, the charges recently directed at me are terribly serious," Jackson wrote in an undated letter on the Web site http://www.mjnews.us. "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." The singer indicated, however, he would not be "providing running commentary" on the case.

According to Reuters, Jackson also said on the site that there were people out there speaking on his behalf who were not authorized to do so. "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," Jackson wrote. "With few exceptions, most of them are simply filling a desperate void in our culture that equates visibility with insight."

Having been released on $3 million bond, the self-proclaimed King of Pop has been in seclusion since his arrest and swears to his fans, "We intend to try our case in the courtroom, not in the public or the media."

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