MICHAEL JACKSON RELEASES VIDEO STATEMENT
Michael Jackson today released a pre-prepared video of a speech approved by Judge Rodney Melville.
The statement comes in response to leaked documents concerning grand jury transcripts a couple of weeks ago.
Below is Michael's entire speech:
"In the last few 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 some 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 ever 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.
-- Michael Jackson