Poll: Jackson's Career Won't Survive Trial
Michael Jackson's career as a music superstar will not survive his trial on charges of child molestation, according to a Billboard.com poll.Michael Jackson's career as a music superstar will not survive his trial on charges of child molestation, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 6,851 respondents, 46% say that no matter the outcome of the proceedings, the self-proclaimed King of Pop's image has been irreparably tarnished by the lurid allegations.
Jackson is standing trial in Santa Monica, Calif., accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the accuser's family captive to get them to rebut the documentary "Living With Michael Jackson."
If the entertainer is found guilty, 12% of voters say they won't be able to see past the heinous nature of the alleged abuses to support future musical endeavors.
A quarter of those taking part in the poll believe that Jackson will be able to put the matter behind him and re-emerge at some point with music that allows him to be judged solely as an entertainer. Another 17% say that will only happen if he is found not guilty.
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