"Because the charges are so serious, I hope you all will understand, on the advice of my attorneys, I will be limited in what I can say about the situation," he continued.

Michael Jackson has taken to cyberspace to proclaim his innocence in a pending sexual molestation case, in what is advertised as the first in a series of communications directly with his fans. "To my fans, friends and family," Jackson wrote on Mjnews.us. "As you know, the charges recently directed at me are terribly serious. They are, however, predicated on a big lie. This will be shown in court, and we will be able to put this horrible time behind us."

"Because the charges are so serious, I hope you all will understand, on the advice of my attorneys, I will be limited in what I can say about the situation," he continued. "There will be times when I cannot comment at all. No doubt, this will be frustrating for all of us."

"For that reason, I have set up this Web site to serve as a source of official communications on my case. Any statement that does not appear on this website must be considered unauthorized."

Jackson again lashed out at individuals who "are being identified in the mass media as my friends, spokespeople, and attorneys," painting them as "simply filling a desperate void in our culture that equates visibility with insight. We will not engage in speculation. We will not provide running commentary on every new development or allegation du jour. We intend to try our case in the courtroom, not in the public or the media."

If found guilty, the artist could face between three to eight years in prison on each charge. After posting $3 million bail last week, he is due back in court on Jan. 9.

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