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'Michael Jackson gave me cocaine'

For all that many pop fans were saddened by the passing of Michael Jackson, the decline he experienced in his own lifetime, from King of Pop to sordid rumour-mill, a freak show that drew headlines and punchlines in equal measure, was even sadder.

The latest revelations about him from former child pop star Aaron Carter – that he plied him with wine and Cocaine while he was just 15 years old – don't do him any favours either. Despite his abominable behaviour, Carter still admires Jackson, which is pretty charitable of him, frankly.

'I never talked about it… This is the first time. I do… I miss Michael… I have spent such incredible times with him,' Carter said. 'I did things with him that nobody else did… But I was also troubled about what he did to me.

'He gave me wine. I mean, I could have refused, but I was 15. He gave me cocaine. I felt weird about that and other stuff… We spoke afterwards, hours and hours, on the phone. I admired Michael, but his behaviour bothered me a lot. Then my mother called the police…' No wonder really, is it?

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