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Jackson mother sorry for Arvizo
Katherine and Michael Jackson
Katherine Jackson supported her son throughout his trial
Michael Jackson's mother has said she felt sorry for the teenager who accused him of child abuse, which resulted in her son being acquitted in court.

Katherine Jackson did not know what she would say to Gavin Arvizo and his mother Janet if she met them, she said.

"I feel sorry for them, and from what I hear about their past I feel sorry for their future if they don't change their way," she told NBC's Today show.

Last week Michael Jackson was cleared of 10 charges at his California trial.

Katherine Jackson told the US TV network she believes her son's name has now been cleared beyond 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 paedophile, and he doesn't give liquor to children. These kids were bad kids," she said.

She added that Jackson would change his friendships with children, no longer allowing them to share his bed.

Radio 'boost'

"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.

In 1993 the singer paid a reported $20m (12.7m) settlement to a boy who accused him of molesting him, although no charges were ever brought in the case.

Since his acquittal, there has been a rise in the amount of times Jackson's music has been played on US radio stations, research has suggested.

"There was an absolute spike in airplay subsequent to the reading of the verdict," Mediabase 24/7's president, Rich Meyer.

"Only time will tell whether the increased airplay will be sustained," he added.

The top three most-played songs were Billie Jean, Beat It and Rock with You.

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