1 of 11 Michael Jackson left the court a free man after being found not guilty of child abuse in Santa Maria, California, on Monday. He was accompanied by his mother Katherine, left, and other family members.
2 of 11 The star was cheered on by fans who had travelled to the town to support their idol.
3 of 11 Inside court, Jackson showed "muted emotion" and one of his legal team burst into tears.
4 of 11 Some fans had secured places in the public gallery, and streamed out jubilantly after the verdicts had been returned.
5 of 11 The crowd of fans screamed in delight as verdicts were relayed on loudspeakers.
6 of 11 One woman released doves as the verdicts were read out.
7 of 11 Some were overcome by emotion.
8 of 11 Fans outside the star's ranch were greeted by relieved Neverland staff.
9 of 11 They sang some of his songs, cheered and read a special edition of a local newspaper.
10 of 11 Fans hope it will be the end of a 12-year ordeal during which Jackson has been plagued by child abuse allegations.
11 of 11 Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon, who has pursued Jackson since the 1990s, told a press conference he "did the right thing for the right reasons".