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Pop Star Michael Jackson Trial Underway

The child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson is underway in Santa Maria, California. Mr. Jackson, along with two family members, arrived at the courthouse Monday for opening statements.

Prosecutors are expected to portray Mr. Jackson as a serial abuser of young boys, while defense lawyers will allege the pop star is being framed by the accuser's mother, who they say is after money.

The jury reportedly contains eight whites, three hispanics, and one Asian.

Mr. Jackson is accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland ranch.

The entertainer has pleaded not guilty and predicted his acquittal. In 1993, he paid more than $23 million to settle a separate child molestation case out of court.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.