JACKO BACK IN COURT

The star will hear the child molestation charges he faces...

Michael Jackson is due in court today (April 30) to hear the charges he faces for the alleged child molestation of a 12-year old boy.

The singer will appear at the hearing in the same Californian courtroom where he entered a not guilty plea on January 16, though will be accompanied by his new lawyer Thomas Mesereau. Michael Jackson parted company with high-profile lawyers Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman last week.

During a secret indictment by a grand jury in Santa Barbara on April 21, it was decided that there was enough evidence to take the star to trial.

Following last week’s indictment, it is not known whether Michael Jackson still faces the charges he pleaded innocent to in January, as details have been not made public ahead of today’s hearing.

The singer was initially charged and pleaded not guilty to seven counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of plying the boy with alcohol in order to seduce him at his Neverland ranch, following his arrest in November.

According to BBC News, a large police presence will surround the courthouse today, as hundreds of fans are again expected to turn up in support of the singer.

Michael Jackson was mobbed by cheering fans at his last court appearance at the Santa Maria courthouse on January 16.