Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard says child abuse allegations are false

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Matt Fiddes the personal bodyguard of Michael Jackson has slammed claims the singer was abusive to kids.

The Swindon-born personality counted the singer as a friend and travelled across the globe with him and got to know the King of Pop on a personal level.

He insists that the pair were "buddies" before anything, claiming that the singer trusted him.

However, Michael came under fire in 1993 when he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend.

Then, 12 years later in 2005, he was taken to court and placed on trial following child molestation claims, of which he was eventually found not guilty.

Now, Matt, 42, has addressed the claims, insisting that they are "completely false".

The personal safety expert and martial arts entrepreneur said: "I know those allegations are completely false," addressing a documentary suggesting that Jackson was guilty, Matt added: "That documentary that was made recently has just been thrown out of court, the judge said it was nonsense and there was nothing to back it."

Matt continued: "I would not associate myself with anyone like that.

"I have an organisation with 120,000 children in it and I have six kids of my own, I would not protect and associate myself with a man who is like that."

The businessman added: "He was a master at creating publicity and manipulating the media, it backfired on him with death because he's not here to defend himself anymore."

Jackson had been charged in December 2003 by Santa Barbara authorities with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of intoxicating a minor, all of which he denied and pleaded not guilty.

The trial kicked off in January 2005 and lasted until May of the same year, with him being acquitted on June 13, 2005.

Mr Jackson's family and lawyers have continued to deny the allegations following his death, with nephew Taj Jackson previously saying Michael would be "crying" over the allegations made in the Leaving Neverland documentary.

Addressing Micheal's life before death, Matt explained: "The last 10 years of his life, apart from 2005, when the false allegations were made against him, he wanted to live here [in the UK]."

Discussing their friendship, Matt said: "I never took any money from Michael, we were buddies first.

"That is why it worked so well, I think that is why he trusted me so much."

Over the course of his life, Michael Jackson's estate was said to be worth around £352million at the time of his death, Matt said: "I realised things were not great in his life financially, where he was asset rich but very cash poor.

"I didn't want his money because I knew the relationship changes."

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