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Smooth Criminal?

Reports: Michael Jackson indicted -- The grand jury investigating his child molestation charges has indicted the pop star, according to media reports

Michael Jackson | COURT DATE Jackson will be arraigned on April 30
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COURT DATE Jackson will be arraigned on April 30

The grand jury looking into charges that Michael Jackson molested a young boy has indicted the singer, according to reports on CNN and elsewhere, citing anonymous sources. Both sides in the case refused to confirm the indictment, or to reveal the specific charges, according to the Associated Press. Typically, grand jury indictments are not announced until the defendant's arraignment, which in Jackson's case is scheduled for April 30, AP reported.

Jackson will plead not guilty to any charges, a spokesperson for the singer said in a statement. ''Mr. Jackson and his attorneys are confident that after a trial on these charges, Mr. Jackson will be fully exonerated and that the allegations contained in the indictment will be shown to be patently false,'' spokeswoman Raymone Bain said in the statement, adding to AP, ''Nothing has been issued from the court which indicates that there is an indictment.''

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that several Jackson employees may face charges of their own. The associates, who allegedly threatened Jackson's accuser and his family, could face conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges, the Times reported.

Originally posted Apr 22, 2004