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James Brown says Jackson 'set up'
James Brown
James Brown performed at a tsunami benefit in Jakarta
Singer James Brown has claimed the child molestation charges faced by Michael Jackson are a "set-up".

Speaking in Indonesia where he was performing, Brown said: "I think he's been set up like most entertainers."

"They've been trying to do that to me all my life, trying to get something for nothing," added the 71-year-old.

The soul star said Mr Jackson should be performing to raise awareness of the tsunami rather than facing charges in a California courtroom.

'Feels good'

"Michael could have been great over here performing. His talent is very appealing and people know him," said Brown.

The veteran singer has had a number of brushes with the law, including claims over domestic violence, drug charges and weapons possession.

In 2002, Brown was cleared in a case of sexual harassment, and earlier this year faced a claim in the civil courts that he raped and assaulted a former employee.

The singer, who was treated for prostate cancer in December, dismissed any suggestions of retirement, saying that he "feels good" and was well enough to perform two concerts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

James Brown
James Brown was recently treated for prostate cancer

"Retire for what? What would I do? I made my name as a person that is helping. I'm like Moses in the music business," said the performer.

Brown, who has earned the tag of Godfather of Soul, also claimed that his sound is the root of modern music.

"All the music playing the last part of the 20th century was all James Brown," he said. "The 21st century is just James Brown period," he said.

"Whether it's rap, hip hop, gospel, or country doesn't make no difference. They are all using my stuff and I'm glad because I've been able to bring something to music," he added.

After he returns to the US after his trip to south-east Asia, Brown is next due to go on tour in South America.

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