JACKO PLEADS NOT GUILTY

The star says he's innocent of ten counts against him...

Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty to a ten count indictment today (April 30), which included charges of child molestation, extortion, false imprisonment, child abduction and giving a minor an intoxicating agent.

The singer appeared in a Californian courtroom with his new lawyer Thomas Mesereau to hear the charges against him, which included the new charges of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion to those of lewd acts against a child and plying him with alcohol.

According to Reuters, all of the charges remain restricted to one child under the age of fourteen.

A grand jury last week decided there was enough evidence for him to face trial, and it was today decided by the judge that the next hearing will take place at the end of May.

Outside of the Santa Maria courtroom, fans gathered to show their support for the star.