LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's mother said she feels sorry for the singer's accuser and the boy's mother.
Katherine Jackson was asked on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday what she would say to the mother and son who accused Jackson of molesting the boy in 2003.
"I couldn't even answer that right now. It all depends on what mood I'm in when I see them," she said. "And I feel sorry for them too, and from what I hear about their past I feel sorry for their future if they don't change their way."
Jackson was found not guilty of child molestation last week after a trial in which the boy and his mother were portrayed as grifters with a long history of trying to bilk money from celebrities.
Katherine Jackson also said her son had been proven innocent beyond any doubt.
"He's been proven not to be a child molester and they know he's not. ... He's not a child molester, he's not a pedophile, and he doesn't give liquor to children. These kids were bad kids," she said, referring to testimony from the boy and his brother that Jackson gave them alcohol.
She also said Jackson would stop allowing boys to share his bed in light of the recent case and other molestation allegations a decade ago.
"I'm sure he's not going to do that now because twice he's been accused of doing something he hadn't done," she said.
The singer paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to a boy who said he was molested in 1993 and $2.4 million to a boy who said Jackson molested him three times from 1987 to 1990. No charges were brought in either case.
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