Michael Jackson has suffered a serious setback in his child molestation trial. The California judge hearing the pop star’s case has decided to allow previous allegations of abuse to be used as evidence by the prosecution. Jackson was never charged in connection with the claims, the most high profile of which surfaced over a decade ago.
But the prosecution wants to convince the jury that the singer has a ‘pattern of behaviour’ towards young boys. It comes after Jackson pleaded innocence on the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s radio show. “I would love your prayers and goodwill and please be patient and believe in me because I am completely, completely innocent and please know that a lot of conspiracy is going on as we speak,” he said.
Michael Jackson denies ten counts of abuse and false imprisonment. If found guilty he faces more than 20 years in behind bars.