JACKO PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES

The star denies seven counts of child molestation...

Michael Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the child abuse charges he faces.

The star’s first court hearing took place today (January 16) in Santa Maria, California. He denies seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering intoxicating liqueur to a minor with the intent of committing a crime.

According to the BBC, Michael Jackson arrived 21 minutes late at the court, at around 8.35am local time. He was slammed by Superior Court Judge Rodney S Melville, who said “Mr Michael Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here… I want to advise you that I will not put up with that. It’s an insult to the court.”

Following today’s arraignment, the judge will decide whether to send the case to trial over a series of preliminary court hearings.

Michael Jackson has vehemently denied the charges against him, calling them a “big lie”. As well as hundreds of supporting fans outside, the hearing was attended by Michael Jackson’s parents and other members of his family.

He remains on $3million bail.