Michael Jackson unrepentant

Michael Jackson has said he still thinks it is acceptable to share his bed with children, but added he would rather "slit his wrists" than hurt a child.

    Jackson says the allegations are fuelled by ''greed and revenge''

    In his first interview

    since being arrested for child molestation, the pop superstar has told America's

     CBS network that he is not a paedophile. 

    Asked if, in his current circumstances, it was still acceptable

    to sleep with children, Jackson replied: "Sure, why not? If you're

    going to be a paedophile, if you're going to be Jack the Ripper, if

    you're going to be a murderer, it's not a good idea. That, I am

    not."

    Jackson, 45, who lives near Santa Maria in his famed Neverland

    Ranch, was charged last week with seven counts of molesting a boy

    under the age of 14 and two counts of plying him with alcohol

    beforehand.

    In the interview, excerpts of which were released by CBS on

    Friday, Jackson vehemently denied all the charges.

    'Privacy violated' 

    "Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists," he said.

    Speaking of the police search of Neverland, Jackson said his

    privacy had been so badly violated that he no longer considered the

    ranch his home.

    "If you're

    going to be a paedophile, if you're going to be Jack the Ripper, if

    you're going to be a murderer, it's not a good idea (to share a bed with children). That, I am

    not"

    Michael Jackson

    "I won't live there ever again," he said. It's a house now. It's

    not a home anymore. I'll only visit."

    Jackson also discussed his time in police custody, specifically

    an injury he said was inflicted on him when he was handcuffed by

    police during his arrest on 20 November.

    Allegations denied 

    Currently free on $3 million bail, Jackson is due to

    appear in court in Santa Maria on 16 January for an arraignment at

    which he could enter a plea.

    Each of the child molestation charges carries a jail sentence of

    between three and eight years on conviction.

    And the charges of

    administering an intoxicating agent to a minor carry a maximum

    sentence of three years each.

    His lawyer and other members of his entourage have rounded on

    the family of the young accuser, saying the allegations are part of

    an extortion attempt and that they are motivated by "greed and

    revenge".

    SOURCE: AFP


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