Michael Jackson's brother said the pop star was physically mistreated while in custody of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. Department officials disputed the claim. Jermaine Jackson tol

Michael Jackson's brother said the pop star was physically mistreated while in custody of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Sheriff's Department. Department officials disputed the claim. Jermaine Jackson told MSNBC in an interview broadcast yesterday (Dec. 11) that his brother has proof that "he was very much mistreated." He declined to give specifics, saying only, "The pictures will show you everything."

Chris Pappas, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the singer was treated "with courtesy and professionalism throughout the process," and no complaint had been filed.

Michael Jackson, 45, turned himself in Nov. 20 on suspicion of molesting a boy at his Neverland Ranch outside Los Olivos. He has denied the allegation and was released on $3 million bail. He has not been charged.

The singer was booked after arriving at the Santa Barbara airport in a private jet that rolled part way into a hangar before he got out and rode away in a caravan of cars. He entered the jail in handcuffs, accompanied by his attorney.


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