Jackson won’t share his bed

Around the world his fans celebrated the verdict, but the strain of the four-month trial has taken its toll on the 46-year-old singer.

His lawyer Thomas Mesereau said an exhausted Jackson now needed to recuperate.

“It will be a period of recovery for him because physically he deteriorated, he wasn’t sleeping, he wasn’t eating well and it was a terrible ordeal for him,” he told NBC television.

While stating the pop star “never molested any child,” Mr Mesereau said his client was determined never to be exposed again to paedophile accusations again by sleeping with boys.

“He has been too nice to too many people, he has let a lot of people come freely into his life and home and that is going to change,” he said. “He is not going to make himself vulnerable to this any more.”

Mr Mesereau repeated his attacks on prosecutor Tom Sneddon, who has been pursuing Jackson for the past decade.

“As far as the prosecution case was concerned I always thought it was ridiculous, I always thought it was absurd, I thought the way they conducted it was very mean-spirited and I think they got what they asked for,” he told NBC.

While Jackson’s own web site ranked his acquittal alongside the birth of Martin Luther King, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela, the verdict didn’t end speculation about his relationships with boys.

At least four of the jurors who acquitted him said afterward they suspect he has molested boys, but that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

Jackson now faces a new battle to rebuild his career, with his brother Jermaine saying the singer was very tired but wanted go back to the music industry.

“Right now he’s going to rest but you know, it’s in his blood, in his bones,” he told CNN.

But convincing the wider public may prove an even harder task.

A joint CNN/USA opinion poll found 34 per cent of Americans agreed with the jury; 48 per cent disagreed; 67 per cent said they were displeased with the verdicts; but only 24 per cent were outraged.

The public’s public’s willingness to believe unfounded charges against Jackson continues to puzzle his lawyer.

“It doesn’t make sense to me. He’s unquestionably one of the finest human beings I’ve ever been privileged to know,” Mr Mesereau told the Associated Press.

“He is very generous and caring about everyone in his life and he was very easy to work with.”