Jackson alleges mistreatment by police after his surrender

Monday, December 29, 2003

— Michael Jackson said he was manhandled by authorities when arrested last month on child molestation charges -- and suffered a dislocated shoulder from the way he was handcuffed.

"It's hurting me very badly," Jackson told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

The pop music star denied the charges against him in a partial transcript of the interview released Friday and said he still thought it was acceptable to share a bed with children.

On Sunday, CBS released the full transcript of Jackson's Christmas night interview with Ed Bradley.

Jackson, 45, is charged with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. After surrendering to Santa Barbara, Calif., authorities Nov. 20, he was set free on $3 million bail.

Representatives of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday. Santa Barbara County Dist. Atty. Thomas Sneddon has said Jackson was treated fairly while in custody.

The pop star said authorities sought to belittle him when he was taken into custody.

"They were supposed to go in, and just check fingerprints, and do the whole thing that they do when they take somebody in," he said. "They manhandled me very roughly. My shoulder is dislocated, literally."

The pain from being handcuffed behind his back "keeps me from sleeping at night," he said.


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Michael Jackson is interviewed by Ed Bradley with the CBS television program "60 Minutes" in Los Angeles. Jackson told Bradley during Thursday's interview that he still believed it was acceptable to sleep with children. Jackson, arrested Nov. 20 on suspicion of child molestation, denied the charges against him during the interview broadcast Sunday.

Jackson said he was locked in a restroom for 45 minutes after he asked to use the facilities. He said the room was smelly because of feces thrown all over.

Bradley pressed Jackson, a father of three, on whether he would allow his own children to sleep in a bed with a 45-year-old man and if he understood the way this appeared to others.

"People think sex," Jackson said. "They're thinking sex. My mind doesn't run that way. When I see children, I see the face of God."