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    D.A.: Jackson to be charged with child molestation
    Bail set at $3 million

    LOS OLIVOS, California (CNN) --Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson on multiple counts of child molestation and have directed him to surrender and turn in his passport, Santa Barbara County authorities said Wednesday.

    "The bail amount on the warrant has been set at $3 million," Sheriff Jim Anderson said.

    District Attorney Tom Sneddon said Jackson faces multiple counts of lewd or lascivious contact with a child younger than 14. He could face a minimum of three years and a maximum of eight years in prison on each count if convicted.

    Sneddon said child molestation charges will be filed in a "very short" period of time. No civil suit has been filed in the case and no civil suit is expected, he said.

    "We have a cooperative victim in this particular proceeding," Sneddon said.

    Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, was searched Tuesday as part of the investigation, and two other search warrants were issued in Southern California, Anderson said.

    Jackson's spokesman Stuart Backerman said the singer has been in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the past two-and-a-half weeks, shooting a video for the song "One More Chance." That single is on his "Number Ones" album, a greatest-hits collection released Tuesday by Epic Records.

    Earlier, Backerman told CNN that Jackson's legal team was in talks with Santa Barbara authorities to arrange for Jackson to be taken into custody.

    The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Santa Barbara police have not asked permission to arrest Jackson in Las Vegas, which they would do if they wanted to arrest him immediately rather than allowing him to return to Santa Barbara and turn himself in.

    Attorney Mark Geragos -- who has been representing Scott Peterson in a high-profile California trial -- is a paid consultant on the legal team, but has not been determined to be Jackson's lead attorney, Backerman said.

    About 70 officials from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office searched the home for about 13 hours. There was no official word on what they were searching for or may have found.

    Jackson's mansion is on a 2,600-acre estate about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Santa Barbara, and features amusement park rides, a petting zoo and statues of children.

    According to Backerman, Jackson said: "I've seen lawyers who do not represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released."

    The allegations come almost a decade after Jackson settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy who had slept over at Neverland Ranch when he was 13 and accused Jackson of molesting him. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

    Attorney Larry R. Feldman, who represented the alleged victim in the 1993 child molestation lawsuit against Jackson, told CNN on Tuesday that he would "not confirm or deny" that he is representing anyone in a civil or criminal investigation pertaining to Jackson because of possible "violation of attorney-client privilege."

    Brian Oxman, an attorney for the Jackson family, said on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he believes the investigation stems from someone else seeking financial gain from Jackson.

    "It is a case of excitement and hysteria because we have the same accusations that we had 10 years ago," he said. "It's like playing the playoffs all over again."

    Johnnie Cochran, Jackson's attorney in the case 10 years ago, said it's odd the search warrant was served the day the singer's latest album was released.

    "I think it's more than coincidence. I think it was planned," he said on "Larry King Live."

    Cochran said he's tried to counsel Jackson "not to ever put yourself in that position" of being alone with young children.

    "But that's who Michael Jackson is, he's a very, very naive person in many respects, and there's no question about that. Yeah, he does wear a bull's eye," Cochran said.

    Backerman criticized what he called "the malignant horde of media hounds claiming to speak for Michael on this and many other issues.

    "A rogues' gallery of hucksters and self-styled 'inside sources' have dominated the airwaves since reports of a search of Neverland broke, speculating, guessing and fabricating information about an investigation they couldn't possibly know about," he said.

    Terms of the settlement of the lawsuit -- filed in 1993 and settled in '94 -- were confidential, though the boy's attorney -- Feldman -- said at the time they were happy to resolve the matter.

    Cochran said at the time that Jackson maintained his innocence and that the settlement was in no way an admission of guilt.

    Criminal investigators stopped pursuing their case after the lawsuit was settled and the young boy -- by then 14 -- made clear he did not want to participate in any prosecution of the singer.

    CNN correspondents Frank Buckley and Charles Feldman and producer Stan Wilson contributed to this report.








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  • #2
    suprise,suprise!!!
    who lives in a pineapple under the sea? man i wish it was me!

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    • #3
      Wonder whats gonna happen to his kiddo's?:(
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      • #4
        yanno, out of all this bs we're throwin around here, teasing and laughing at his expense, I think this is the first time someone thought about his youngen's. I know Im not proud of myself for not thinking of them before teasing the man.

        But that's a good point. Prolly go back to their maternal MaMa's???
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        • #5
          Wha?

          i thought he was the MaMa?:Chatter
          On the real though ibet this 14 year old kid was coerced by his parents and they just looking for a buck or Millions of bucks.they probaly planned this out.
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          • #6
            3 words "Leave Children Alone!"

            what is a grown man doing hanging out with children anyways? having sleepovers and chit.....my child would NEVER sleep over/or play w/o supervision at a grown mans house anyway. it just aint right:Mad
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            • #7
              Originally posted by saukpuppet
              3 words "Leave Children Alone!"

              what is a grown man doing hanging out with children anyways? having sleepovers and chit.....my child would NEVER sleep over/or play w/o supervision at a grown mans house anyway. it just aint right:Mad

              Yes I would have to agree, and why did his parents let him go! They let him go more than once! Yes if there was a man in our nieghborhood how had young boys sleep over....you would bet NONE of the parents woudl el tthier kids go ....especailly if there were prior alligation! The kids parnts should geta lookin at too....WHAT WERE THE Y THINKING!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ndnkidz_5
                Yes I would have to agree, and why did his parents let him go! They let him go more than once! Yes if there was a man in our nieghborhood how had young boys sleep over....you would bet NONE of the parents woudl el tthier kids go ....especailly if there were prior alligation! The kids parnts should geta lookin at too....WHAT WERE THE Y THINKING!
                Particularly when MJ has admitted to being in bed with preteen boys on a regular basis, and defended "sharing (his) bed" as the highest expression of love. I mean, whaddya have to be a member of NAMBLA to not see what is wrong with that whole picture for the past several years??
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by powwowchic49
                  Wonder whats gonna happen to his kiddo's?:(
                  I think I heard somewhere his little chimpanzee is going to adopt the little kiddos.

                  :42:

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                  • #10
                    I still say send all (few french words use your imigination) Rapists, child molesters, child/spousal beaters to their own deserted island and let them all live as one big (French words) happy community.
                    No wardens, no guards they do what the (French word) they want to each other.:Yell
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by saukpuppet
                      3 words "Leave Children Alone!"

                      what is a grown man doing hanging out with children anyways? having sleepovers and chit.....my child would NEVER sleep over/or play w/o supervision at a grown mans house anyway. it just aint right:Mad
                      another question what is it with those stupid azz punk parents letting there 12 year old kid even sleep over at his pad? If they fuggen knew he had been accused of molestation years ago who in the right fuggen mind would let there kid sleep over at a freaks house?
                      If they were decent parents there asses would of slept on the sleeper couch sofa down stairs and had their kid right next to them. Not jsut dropped happy Johnny off and said ok johnny see oyu tommorrow morning have a fun night sleeping with michael.
                      In my book those parents set there own son up for this alleged molestation.Iss all about showing hard fact proof.
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                      • #12
                        Just wondering here,

                        Is it true or false that R.Kelly produced his most recent album of greatest hits?
                        It is so sad that a family can torn apart by something as simple as a wild pack of dogs.

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                        • #13
                          tru dat

                          and he got some tight azz songs out there.he and Michelle Jackson can share a cell together.
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                          • #14
                            Sources: Jackson accuser appeared on documentary
                            Singer's publicist announces Web site to rebut allegations

                            LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --The boy who accuses Michael Jackson of molesting him participated in a documentary about the pop music star, according to two sources, one close to the boy's family and the other close to the 45-year-old singer.

                            The boy, who was 12 at the time the film was made, is a cancer survivor who stayed overnight with Jackson in the singer's bedroom at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County.

                            The documentary showed the two holding hands through much of the interview and caused a stir when it was broadcast in February.

                            "Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone, " Jackson said in the documentary.

                            "You say, 'You can have my bed if you want it. Sleep in it. I'll sleep on the floor. It's yours.' I always give the beds to the company."

                            "It's not sexual. We're going to sleep," he said, adding that he would not mind if his three children slept with an adult whom he knew and trusted.

                            In June, the boy's family retained the services of Los Angeles attorney Larry Feldman, the source close to the family said.

                            According to the source, Feldman took the boy to see a therapist and afterward referred the case to the Santa Barbara district attorney's office. Feldman would not say whether he is representing the family.

                            A second source -- this one close to the pop star -- has confirmed to CNN that the boy in question was indeed the accuser.

                            Filmmaker Martin Bashir spent eight months as part of Jackson's entourage to produce the documentary, called "Living with Michael Jackson."

                            In it, Jackson said he allowed children to stay with him in his bedroom, despite a high-profile 1993 investigation into sexual misconduct allegations involving a 13-year-old boy.

                            After the program was broadcast, Jackson issued a statement saying he was "devastated" and calling Bashir a "salacious ratings-chaser."

                            "I am bewildered at the length to which people will go to portray me so negatively," Jackson said in a statement at the time. "I will say again that I have never, and would never, harm a child. It sickens me that people have written untrue things about me."

                            Under California law, merely sleeping with a child, without "affirmative, offensive conduct," isn't criminal, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas W. Sneddon Jr. said in a statement issued in February.

                            A source close to Jackson on Sunday denounced what he called media speculation about the origin of the complaints.

                            "If, when and until the Santa Barbara County district attorney actually files a complaint, speculation about a complainant or speculation about who is bringing the charges is totally irresponsible," the source told CNN Sunday.

                            Jackson was never charged in the 1993 case. He reportedly paid a multimillion-dollar out-of-court settlement to the boy's family. Jackson said he agreed to the settlement to avoid dragging out the case.

                            Last week, Santa Barbara County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Jackson on suspicion of child molestation, and the singer surrendered to them Thursday. He was released on $3 million bond after being booked, fingerprinted and photographed. (Full story)

                            He returned to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had been filming a music video. Jackson's father has a house there.

                            The arrest warrant was issued Wednesday following a search of Neverland Ranch. (Full story) Sneddon's office said formal charges of lewd or lascivious contact with a child younger than 14 would be filed against Jackson after Thanksgiving.

                            Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned January 9 in Santa Barbara Superior Court. A single count of child molestation can carry a prison sentence of up to eight years.

                            Meanwhile, the Jackson camp kept up its offensive against the negative publicity surrounding the singer's arrest last week.

                            Jackson launched a Web site Monday dedicated to countering the accusations against him -- in his words, "a big lie."

                            "Because the charges are so serious, I hope you all will understand, on the advice of my attorneys, I will be limited in what I can say about the situation," Jackson said in a statement posted on the site Monday morning. "There will be times when I cannot comment at all. No doubt, this will be frustrating for all of us." (Full story)

                            Jackson spokesman Stuart Backerman said: "Our ducks are being lined up for counterattack to set the record straight."

                            Backerman said several people involved in the case -- including Sneddon and prominent attorney Gloria Allred, who has asked state authorities to take custody of Jackson's children while the case proceeds -- held a "personal dislike of Michael Jackson and want to see him destroyed."

                            Family and friends have rallied around the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" since his arrest.

                            Fans in Los Angeles, New York, Budapest, Rome and other cites around the world held candlelight vigils over the weekend. Other rallies were planned this week in China and Australia. (Full story)

                            Jermaine Jackson defended his younger brother during an interview Friday with ABC's Barbara Walters, saying he would request a state and federal investigation into the authorities working on the case. (Full story)

                            "If, when and until the Santa Barbara County district attorney actually files a complaint, speculation about a complainant or speculation about who is bringing the charges is totally irresponsible," the source told CNN.








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                            • #15
                              WHY

                              MJ PAYED THE KID 2MILLION DOLLARS NOT TO SAY ANY THING.....
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