Updated: 5:21 p.m. ET June 13, 2005Michael Jackson was found not guilty Monday on all counts in his trial on child molestation charges, concluding a two-year legal saga for one of the world’s most well-known pop stars.
The courtroom sat silently as Judge Rodney Melville opened the jury envelopes one by one and silently read the verdict forms to himself before allowing the court clerk to read the verdict out loud.
Outside the courthouse, fans shouted and wept with joy over Jackson’s acquittal.
Jackson, 46, was indicted on 10 counts for allegedly molesting a then-13-year-old cancer patient, serving him wine and then conspiring to hold him and his family captive. The charges against him included four allegations of molestation, one of attempted molestation, four of serving alcohol to a minor and one for conspiracy.
Jurors deliberated for seven days before reaching their decision, and last Friday asked for a readback of testimony from Jackson’s accuser, now 15. The jury of eight women and four men ranged in age from 21 to 79; eight are parents and six acknowledged they were fans of Jackson’s music.
Two were Hispanic, one was Asian and the rest were white. Jackson supporters had protested that no black jurors were chosen for the trial