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  Michael Jackson pleads not guilty
Updated 16 January 2004, 17.57
Michael Jackson has appeared in a US court
Michael Jackson has pleaded not guilty in a US court to charges of hurting a 14-year-old boy.

He faces seven charges of hurting the boy and two of giving him alcohol with the intention of committing a crime.

Before anything started the judge at the hearing in Santa Maria, California told Jackson off for turning up 21 minutes late.

Hundreds of the singer's fans were at the court to see him, as well as around 600 journalists and photographers.

His mum and brother Jermaine were there
His mum and brother Jermaine were there
A number of Jackson's family members were at the court to support the singer.

Friday's hearing is just part of the legal process, with a full trial not expected to be held for several months.

If Jackson is found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The charges accuse Jackson of hurting a boy, who hasn't been named, between 7 February and 10 March 2003.

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