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Brando son linked to Jackson case
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Michael Jackson has denied all 10 child molestation charges
Marlon Brando's son Miko, a security guard for pop star Michael Jackson, has been named in the singer's child abuse case in court in the US.

Prosecutors have claimed a payment Miko Brando allegedly took to Mr Jackson is evidence of the star's plans to abduct, falsely imprison and extort someone.

The claim was made in a hearing before Mr Jackson's trial gets under way in January. He denies all 10 charges.

The payment was not unusual, his team said. Mr Brando has not been charged.

Miko Brando is one of 11 children of the Oscar-winning Godfather and Apocalypse Now legend who died aged 80 in July.

'Cash delivery'

In court in Santa Maria, California, on Friday, prosecutor Ronald Zonen said Mr Brando got $20,000 (11,000) cash from one of Mr Jackson's accounts to take to the star.

"Evidence of the movement of cash [is] consistent with count one of the indictment," Mr Zonen said.

Count one relates to allegations Mr Jackson and his co-conspirators planned to abduct, falsely imprison and extort. Specific details have not been released.

Prosecutors have not suggested Mr Brando was part of the alleged conspiracy and he is not one of the five "unindicted co-conspirators".

But he may be called to testify as a witness at Mr Jackson's trial.

Mr Jackson's lawyer Robert Sanger said the payment proved nothing.

"There is nothing unusual with someone like Michael Jackson, with such a large operation like Neverland, to have $20,000 in cash delivered to them for the purpose of running their daily affairs," he said.


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