Congressman Who Called Michael Jackson A Pervert Stands By His Words

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York congressman who posted a YouTube video blasting Michael Jackson as a "pervert" and child molester is standing by his words.

In an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Rep. Peter King denied that there was anything racist in his remarks.

The Long Island Republican told host Bill O'Reilly that he "was saying what millions of Americans really felt."

In a 2003 documentary, Jackson admitted to letting children sleep with him in his bed at his California home but said it wasn't sexual. In 2005, a jury acquitted Jackson of charges that he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor.

King is among the possible Republican contenders for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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  • by BC Location: Cda on Jul 16, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    And just maybe this congressman has an axe to grind? Maybe he can't stand rich, talented entertainers with a lot of influence who could care less what narrow-minded, limited jerks like Peter King thought! Michael Jackson did not pay money to Jordan Chandler, one of his accusers, but was against settling. This is noted in the court document. His insurance company paid the Chandlers. You have to wonder why Evan Chandler never sought justice for his son, Jordie, but was only too willing to take a payout?
  • by cece on Jul 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    He did not get wierd he had a serious medical condition. Yet despite all of his health issues he still managed to perform and continue all the way up to his death. He was the most kind hearted pop star and contributed the most to charities.
  • by C on Jul 11, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    To Nathan: I was going to comment on this story, but you said everything I was going to say. Since you saved me all that typing, I'll just say: Nathan's right!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:02 PM
    "In a 2003 documentary, Jackson admitted to letting children sleep with him in his bed at his California home," the article says. I don't think there is any disputing that point. What is in dispute is how far things went from there. But even if that were really the extent of it, what was he doing taking kids to bed anyway? And these weren't his kids, so the "scared child crawling in bed with their parents" excuse doesn't fly. Given the evidence and testimony, had Jackson been an ordinary working man, he would have been convicted. Then again, it was his superstar status that brought him all those kids in the first place. I'm not necessarily saying he did it, either, especially as judging him is now in God's hands. As a pop star, he should have faded away after Thriller and never be heard of again, except perhaps for a VH1 "Where Are They Now?" special. "Bad" and "Thriller" were good albums, but after that, he got weird, fast. Also, I don't see how King's comments were racist.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:53 PM
    The fact that now hes dead shouldn't & doesn't change what he was when he was alive. Why change your stance on someone just because they're dead? I totally agree with him. Michael had some serious issues. He was just able to pay his way out of them most of the time.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    He was a freaky little pedophile!
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    If Jackson wasn't a child molestor then Hitler wasn't a murderer. Thos who refuse to believe the truth would probably vote again for that crook Frank Ballance. I kind of feel sorry for them
  • by Big B Location: Grifton on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    This man should be our next president. You have my vote thats for sure
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    The words pervert and child molestor do not reflect race. Everyone knows that admittedly sleeping with children, changing your appearance thru multiple surgeries and everyday use of controlled substances are the normal way of life in America.............isn't it?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    No Dave, not everyone know that. Some people believe just because you are charged with something that you are guilty. Some believe because you have money and are willing to pay blackmailers you are guilty. I hope that you are never in a situation where your are presumed guilty just because someone says you did something you did not. It is not a good feeling when that happens, no matter what the charge is.
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