Sheriff Denies Jackson Abuse Claim

The Santa Barbara County (Calif.) sheriff denied Wednesday that Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers, saying he was asking the state attorney general to investigate the pop star's claims.

The Santa Barbara County (Calif.) sheriff denied Wednesday that Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers, saying he was asking the state attorney general to investigate the pop star's claims.

"I'm shocked and troubled by his allegations," Sheriff Jim Anderson told a news conference. In a CBS "60 Minutes" interview that was broadcast Sunday, Jackson said he was "manhandled" while in custody.

Anderson said that he was taking Jackson's complaint of abuse as a formal citizen's complaint, and if found to be untrue by a state investigation, would file a complaint against Jackson for making a groundless accusation against an officer.

"He was treated with the utmost respect and courtesy during his arrest, transport and booking by all members of this department," Anderson said.

"60 Minutes" was the most-watched U.S. program of the week (Dec. 22-Dec. 28), according to Nielsen Media Research. The episode, which featured the Jackson interview as its lead story, scored a 12 rating/18 share or 18.8 million U.S. viewers.

The Feb. 6 U.S. airing of the documentary "Living With Michael Jackson" -- in which Jackson admitted to filmmaker Martin Bashir that he believed there was nothing wrong with sharing a bed with children -- drew 27.1 million viewers to ABC.

CBS is aiming for another primetime ratings hit with Jackson on Friday (Jan. 2), when the network will air the special "Michael Jackson Number Ones," which will feature concert segments and behind-the-scenes footage.