[b]Nation of Islam denies involvement in Michael Jackson’s affairs[/b] By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES — The Nation of Islam on Monday denied it was taking a central role in Michael Jackson’s strategy to defend himself against charges that he committed lewd acts on a child. The group issued a statement after receiving inquiries from The Associated Press and other news organizations. Sources close to the Jackson camp had told the AP that the Chicago-based group was helping direct decisions that related to the case. “The Nation of Islam, in response to several inquiries, has said today that it has no official business or professional relationship with Mr. Michael Jackson,” said a statement issued by The Final Call, the group’s newspaper. “The Nation of Islam joins thousands of other people in wishing him well.” Jackson’s attorney, Mark Geragos, also denied the reports. “They are not part of his defense,” Geragos said. “I’m certainly not pushing away support from anyone, but I don’t ask people what their religious affiliation is when they offer support. “A lot of people have reached out to Michael. Jesse Jackson has called, and I’ve spoken to him. Tons of people are supportive.” Geragos acknowledged that when he held a news conference on Jackson’s behalf after charges were announced on Dec. 18, one of those standing behind him was Leonard F. Muhammad, identified on the group’s Web site as its chief of staff. “Leonard Muhammad was there,” Geragos said. “He’s one of Michael’s supporters.” :4pinned [url=http://forum.mjeol.com/index.php?showtopic=12372]FULL ARTICLE[/url] >>

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