The singer is a free man...
The jury in the trial of MICHAEL JACKSON have found him not guilty of all the charges against him.
Jackson denied ten charges, including molesting a 13 year old boy, giving the boy alcohol, and conspiricy to kidnap. If found guilty, Jackson faced up to 20 years in jail.
As the build up to the verdict began fans gathered outside the court to show support for Jackson. On his arrival he appeared exhausted, managing to wave to his fans.
The jury delivered the following verdict:
1: Conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion – NOT GUILTY
2-5: Lewd act upon a child between February 20 and March 12 (2003) – NOT GUILTY
6: Attempt to commit a lewd act upon a child – NOT GUILTY
7-10: Administering an intoxicating agent to assist in the commission of a felony (child molestation) – NOT GUILTY
The singer left court shortly after the verdict, but without speaking to the press who were waiting outside the courtroom. Judge Rodney Melville told Jackson: “Bail has been exonerated, you are free to go.”
Speaking outside court, his lawyer Thomas Mesereau told reporters that “justice was done”.
Speaking at a press conference after the verdict District Attorney Tom Sneddon said the case was brought for “the right reasons”, but he was “disappointed” at the outcome.
Jackson was first interviewed by police in 2003 after his Neverland home was searched by police investigating the claims.
Throughout the trial Jackson has appeared increasingly frail, and on one occasion was late to court after being rushed to hospital.
On the eve of his trial, Jackson pleaded for a fair trial, saying he had “great faith” in the legal system.