Originally created 06/17/04

Court TV: Documents detail Michael Jackson settlement



LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson agreed to pay $15.3 million to the child he was accused of molesting in 1993, according to a confidential settlement of a lawsuit.

Jackson did not admit misconduct but said at that time that he was settling the case because of its potential to harm his career, according to documents obtained Tuesday by Court TV. The station shared copies with The Associated Press.

The 1994 settlement has been widely reported but this was the first time documents were available showing the specific figure.

The documents specified that $15.3 million was to be held in trust by the boy's attorney. The boy, his family and Jackson agreed to keep the settlement confidential, according to the document.

The attorney representing the boy, Larry Feldman, did not return calls seeking comment.

Jackson's spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, said she could not say the documents were authentic but added:

"Whoever leaked this document did it with a willful intent to influence potential jurors" in Jackson's current criminal case. "It's outrageous, and I see it as an act of desperation," she said.

In the current case, Jackson, 45, has pleaded not guilty to committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol, and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.