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Michael Jackson Child Molestation Trial Underway

The child molestation trial of pop superstar Michael Jackson is underway in southern California, where scores of fans turned out to show their support.

Lawyers at a Santa Barbara county court Monday began screening the first of up to 750 potential jurors for the trial, which could last several months.

Mr. Jackson faces 10 charges involving alleged sexual molestation of a child under the age of 14. The singer has pleaded not guilty, saying he is completely innocent.

Mr. Jackson gave a V-for-victory sign as he entered the courtroom Monday, dressed entirely in white and surrounded by bodyguards.

In a video statement released Sunday, Mr. Jackson criticized recent leaks of grand jury testimony on the case, calling them "malicious, disgusting and false."

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.