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Defense Attacks Child Molestation Charges Against Michael Jackson

Lawyers have wrapped up their opening statements in pop singer Michael Jackson's trial on child molestation charges.

Defense Attorney Thomas Meserau said Tuesday that authorities who searched Mr. Jackson's bedroom found no genetic evidence that the singer sexually molested a 13-year-old boy. He said the lack of DNA evidence shows that the charges against Mr. Jackson are false.

The attorney also said the boy and his brother broke into Mr. Jackson's alcohol supply and read his pornographic magazines while they were staying at the singer's ranch in California.

In his opening statement Monday, prosecutor Tom Sneddon accused Jackson of giving the alcohol and magazines to the underage boy.

Mr. Meserau indicated Tuesday that Mr. Jackson will testify during the trial, which is expected to last for several months.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.