Pop star Michael Jackson has been freed on three-million-dollar bail following his arrest on allegations of child molestation.
Police took the 45-year-old entertainer into custody (Thursday) in Santa Barbara, (in the U.S. state of) California, after his private plane touched down from Las Vegas, where he had been filming a video. Police took Jackson, in handcuffs, to Santa Barbara County Jail.
Jackson's attorney, Mark Geragos, later told reporters the singer considers the charges "a big lie" and "categorically untrue."
Police and investigators searched the singer's Neverland Ranch and two other locations in California on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they announced an arrest warrant citing multiple counts of "lewd and lascivious" behavior with a child under the age of 14. If convicted, Jackson could face up to eight years in prison on each count.
Jackson's career suffered in 1993 after similar allegations that he had molested a young boy. He disputed the allegations and no charges were ever filed. However, the singer is reported to have paid a multi-million-dollar settlement to the boy's family.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.