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[b]Jackson Speaks Out[/b] Saturday, January 29, 2005 By Geraldo Rivera In the Michael Jackson (search) case a jury is about to be empanelled. This comes fresh on the heels of a damaging and destructive leak from the supposedly secret grand jury. These allegations, in my opinion, unfairly taint the jury pool and make it difficult for Jackson to have a fair trial. In a world exclusive two weeks ago, I spoke to the King of Pop. Jackson is gagged and cannot speak about the allegations, the accusers or the leaks in specific terms, but he was allowed by the judge in the case to read a prepared statement. In light of recent events concerning the case I thought I would show you the statement to give you a glimpse of a special “At Large with Geraldo Rivera,” which will air next week. Here is what Michael said: [b]”Yes, in the last two weeks, a large amount of ugly, malicious information has been released into the media about me. Apparently, this information was leaked through transcripts in a grand jury proceeding where neither my lawyers nor I ever appeared. The information is disgusting and false. “Years ago, I allowed a family to visit and spend time at Neverland. Neverland is my home. I allowed this family into my home because they told me their son was ill with cancer and needed my help. “Through the years, I have helped thousands of children who were ill or in distress. “These events have caused a nightmare for my family, my children and me. I never intend to place myself in so vulnerable a position again. “I love my community and I have great faith in our justice system. Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen. I will be acquitted and vindicated when the truth is told.”[/b] I asked Michael if there was anything else he wanted to add. At first he said no, but later added, “I would just like for the public to keep my family and myself in their prayers. That would be very nice.” There will be a lot more from Michael Jackson in our exclusive interview next week. SOURCE: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145800,00.html (copy full url into your address bar)

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