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Michael Jackson Supporters Gather in 'Neverland' - 2003-12-21

Hundreds of celebrities, relatives and friends of pop music star Michael Jackson have gathered at his "Neverland Ranch" in California to show their support as the entertainer faces child molestation charges.

An estimated 600 people attended the event Saturday, marking the first time Jackson has returned to his home north of Santa Barbara since his arrest last month.

Among the guests were tennis star Serena Williams, rap singer M.C. Hammer, Jackson's parents and his sister Latoya, former boy band members Nick and Aaron Carter, and television host Ryan Seacrest.

A Jackson spokesman says the 45-year-old entertainer was "full of emotion" about the show of support for him.

Jackson faces nine child molestation and related charges. He insists he is innocent.