American popular singer, dancer, and songwriter, known for his dancing style and unprecedented popular success. Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. At the age of five he joined his brothers' singing group, then known as the Jackson 5 and later renamed the Jacksons. Michael's dancing ability as well as his singing skills made him the group's leader. Under the sponsorship of music producer Berry Gordy, the group became very popular, recording albums and making personal and
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In 2003 Jackson was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation. The district attorney of Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson resides, brought the felony charges, saying that Jackson was guilty of "lewd and lascivious conduct" with a child under the age of 14. A spokesperson for Jackson denied the charges, calling them "scurrilous and totally unfounded."
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