Pop superstar Michael Jackson was acquitted of charges against him in his child molestation trail. Jackson was found not guilty of all 10 counts against him, including four counts of committing a lewd act with a child, and four counts of providing alcohol to a minor to facilitate child molestation.
Jackson, who has always pledged his innocence, wiped a single tear from his face and proceeded to hug his head lawyer, after the jury read the announcement.
The verdict caps a wild and sensationalistic few months of this Jackson trial. During the trial, Jackson arrived to a courtroom late several times and was also hospitalized over the weekend. However, even these incidents could not sway the jury to convict Jackson.
Reaction to the verdict has been mixed. Even the jury had doubts that Jackson does not have a history of molesting children. “I can’t believe that this man could sleep in the same bedroom for 365 straight days and not do something more than just watch television and eat popcorn,” a juror told CNN.