Stephen M. Silverman
April 14, 2004 03:45 PM

Detectives in Los Angeles are investigating a new allegation of child abuse against Michael Jackson, this time from an unidentified man who claims to have been victimized in the late 1980s, the LAPD has confirmed.

Jackson, 45, is currently charged in Santa Barbara County with seven counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of plying the boy with alcohol in order to seduce him. He has pleaded not guilty and called the charges a “big lie,” and the trial is expected to begin in December.

Jackson attorney Benjamin Brafman said he was unaware of any new Los Angeles Police Department investigation, telling the Associated Press: “We have never been informed by the LAPD of any investigation that they are conducting of Michael Jackson.” He added: “I would point out that since I have been involved in this case I have addressed literally dozens of completely baseless rumors on a daily basis, and this appears to be just another one of them.”

According to Reuters, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office asked the LAPD to investigate the new allegation a month ago, said Mary Grady, commander of the department’s public information office. “The victim alleges the acts took place in the city of Los Angeles in the late 1980s,” she said.

Los Angeles-based attorney Gregory Brenner, who has followed the Jackson case as a commentator, told Reuters that police sources had told him that the accusations came from an 18-year-old man, who claims he was victimized by Jackson while very young. The Child Protective Section of the department’s Juvenile Division is investigating the allegations.

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