Rapper-turned-actor DMX refuses to believe Michael Jackson is guilty of child molestation.

The 33-year-old - whose new film NEVER DIE ALONE was released in America last Friday (26MAR04) - finds it difficult to believe his childhood hero could have committed crimes against children.

He says, "Michael Jackson will always be the King of Pop for me, always.

"I personally don't think he really committed any crime. If it's been happening for a while, why is it coming up now? I don't believe it."

Jackson has pleaded innocent to seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent, reportedly wine. He is free on $3 million (GBP1.6 million) bail pending trial.

29/03/2004 02:38