Jackson tackles allegations in first interview since arrest...

Michael Jackson has denied allegations of child abuse in his first interview since his arrest.

In an interview with CBS News recorded on Christmas Day, the 45-year-old said: “Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.”

He added that he did not think it was wrong to share a bedroom with children. On being asked if it was acceptable she said: “Of course. Why not? If you’re going to be a paedophile, if you’re going to be Jack the Ripper, if you’re going to be a murderer, it’s not a good idea. That I am not.”

Currently on $3m bail, Michael Jackson faces seven counts of child abuse and two of plying a minor with alcohol to commit a crime. He has strenuously denied the charges, calling them a “big lie”.

He said that he would no longer live at the Neverland after police “violated his privacy” by searching the ranch so extensively.

“It’s a house now. It’s not a home anymore. I’ll only visit,” he said.