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During a marathon Talksport phone-in dedicated to Michael Jackson who died last night, Uri Geller tells Stirrer editor Adrian Goldberg that he hypnotised the singer to uncover the truth about child abuse allegations.

Geller revealed that the singer sought his help in losing weight a few years ago.

Quite unethically, once Jacko had “gone under”, the world’s most famous forkbender decided to carry out a little investigative work.

He asked Jackson outright whether he’d molested children – and was delighted to get a negative answer.

Many listeners to my programme remained unconvinced. Although the self-styled “King of Pop” was never convicted of any offence, it was clear his image was tainted by smears and innuendo.

In 1994, he paid the family of 13-year old Jordan Chandler $22 million in an out of court settlement following allegations of child abuse; although on the only occasion he was brought before the courts for kiddie fiddling, in 2003, he was acquitted.

The substantial minority of callers who refused to accept Jackson’s innocence were outnumbered, though, by fans who rated him the greatest entertainer of our age.

“Bad” and “Thriller” were remembered with fondness, while his 1980’s videos were hailed for revolutionising the medium. Then there were his gigs - simpy fantastic was the general verdict.

So, however tainted Jackson’s legacy had become, there was recognition of his abilities as a showman and appreciation of the fact that his music brought cheer to humdrum lives.

750 million albums sold worldwide is testament to an authentic genius and whatever the truth about his private life it is Jackson's music that will live on.



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