Twitchy Jacko Denies He Molested Boys in 1996 Video

1996 tape shows an uncomfortable Michael
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2009 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 1996 video of Michael Jackson being interviewed by lawyers has surfaced, the News of the World reports. The tape shows the star squirming and groaning in annoyance throughout a barrage of questions from lawyers representing several Neverland employees who sued Jackson after being fired. At one point, the King of Pop states firmly that he is not gay, and that he's proud to be black.

"What you hear is a lie," Jackson said of rumors about his sexuality. In answer to allegations of child molestation, Jackson cited the Bible, saying that "Jesus said to love the children and be like the children—to be youthful and innocent, and be pure and honorable." (Read more Michael Jackson stories.)