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On November 19, 2003, arrest warrant is issued for pop star Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation. Though he would be acquitted two years later of each criminal count on which he was eventually tried, the King of Pop suffered many blows to his already damaged reputation and finances while facing the charges that were filed.
More than a year later, the case of The People of the State of California v. Michael Joseph Jackson went to trial, with Jackson facing four counts each of molesting a minor and intoxicating a minor, one count of abduction and one count of conspiracy to hold his alleged victim and the victim's parent's hostage at Neverland Ranch. On June 13, 2005, however, Jackson was acquitted on all 10 counts. Shortly after his trial, Jackson announced his intention to leave the United States and settle permanently in Bahrain. He would return to the U.S. in late 2006 however, though not to Neverland Ranch, which Jackson lost sole ownership of amid the financial struggles that dogged him up until his death in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009.
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