Jackson Defense Denies Report on Photos
In a court-approved statement Tuesday, Michael Jackson's defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. and prosecutors both denied a radio news report claiming that nude photos were seized from the singer's home.
Los Angeles radio station KFI, citing unnamed sources, had reported that among a half-dozen photos seized by authorities were images of a naked boy or boys, the Associated Press reports.
KFI news director Chris Little says "we stand by the story," and tells AP that an attorney for Jackson was turned down in his demand for a retraction.
Though a gag order exists in the child-molestation case, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville permitted attorneys to comment on news reports in approved statements.
"The Michael Jackson defense team has learned that information is circulating throughout the media regarding alleged photographs supposedly seized from Mr. Jackson's residence. That information is false. The prosecution has confirmed that it is false," Mesereau said in the statement.
"We demand an immediate retraction from any news or media organization that made such an announcement," he said.
Prosecution spokeswoman Susan Tellem confirmed that the court had approved Mesereau's statement.
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