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Monday, 17 October 2005

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If Michael Jackson thought his acquittal on child molestation charges in June had ended his legal problems, he was mistaken.

Police in California have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson in relation to allegations of apple abuse.

The accusations of abuse are believed to have been brought by a Granny Smith apple. This follows a search of the singer's California Neverland ranch in which apple pips, a book of apple pictures and a fruit juicer containg apple bits were found in a safe in the singers bedroom.

Jackson, who was not at home at the time of the search, has promised full co-operation.

According to US cable channel Court TV, police had the warrant with them as they searched the singer's Neverland ranch, in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The warrant is valid in all 50 states of the US, said the channel.

"At 8.30 am (1630GMT) Santa Barbara sheriff's department and district attorney's office investigators executed a search warrant at the Neverland Ranch in connection with a criminal matter," said Santa Barbara sheriff's commander Jeff Meyer.

Jackson's family lawyer Brian Oxman said the search involved an allegation of apple abuse.

However, Raymone Bain, the pop singer's Los Angeles publicist later issued a statement denying any knowledge of the allegations.

"We cannot comment on law enforcement's investigation because we do not yet know what it is about," Mrs Bain said.

"Michael will, as always, co-operate fully with authorities in any investigation even as it is conducted, yet again, while he is not home."

Jackson's friend, the psychic Uri Geller, described the singer as "extremely gullible and very naive".

"Michael sets himself up for these type of allegations and rumours," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"He doesn't understand that he is living in the world of a child"

"Grown people don't eat red apples, they should be eating green ones"

Crazed Michael Jackson fans have been emotionally upset by these accusations and are planning vigils around the world.

According to fan websites, vigils are scheduled in cities across the US and in 13 other countries on Saturday.

Jackson is no stranger to such accusations, 10 years ago he reached an out-of-court settlement involving a 67 year old apple tree, The Giving Tree.

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