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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Jackson thanks fans for support
Michael Jackson
Jackson has not been seen in public since the end of his trial
Michael Jackson has thanked his family and fans for their support during his recent child abuse trial.

It is believed to be the first time the singer has made a public statement since he was cleared of all 10 charges by a Californian court on 13 June.

He posted a statement on his official website saying: "Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made it through.

"Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible," he added.

Health problems

The statement went on: "You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you.

"Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears, and carried me through.

"I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration."

Jackson has not been seen in public since he left the Santa Maria courtroom after being acquitted of all charges at the end of a 14-week trial.

He was plagued by health problems during the trial and grew increasingly frail.

The Jackson family held a party to celebrate his acquittal and thank all those who supported the singer during his trial, including a select group of fans.

The party, at a casino in nearby Santa Ynez, was attended by approximately 400 people - including Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his brother, Tito - but Jackson himself did not attend.




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