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Last Updated: Friday, 30 April, 2004, 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK
In pictures: Michael Jackson in court
Fans outside Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch
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Fans of Michael Jackson began to gather outside his Neverland ranch on Thursday evening, prior to Friday's court appearance.
Fans outside Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch
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They held a candle-lit vigil for their idol.
Joanna Smith of England, holds up a photo of her with pop star Michael Jackson
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Some supporters outside the Santa Maria courtroom brought photographs of Mr Jackson.
Michael Jackson fans
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Others held hand-made signs to show their support.
Michael Jackson, surrounded by security and with his brother, Randy
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Mr Jackson arrived early at court surrounded by security and his brother, Randy.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Maria courthouse
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He entered the Santa Maria courtroom to face the charges and plead not guilty.
Michael Jackson tries to move a television camera lens with his hand
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The world's media gathered outside the court room.
Michael Jackson
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The singer thanked his family, fans and people of Santa Maria outside the court.



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