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    Michael Jackson has launched a war of words against United States rapper Eminem over his "demeaning and disrespectful" video, which mocks Jackson and shows him cavorting with children.

    Jackson, who is awaiting trial on child molestation charges, wants the rapper's Just Lose It video, which shows a Jackson look-alike on a bed surrounded by children, taken off the air.

    "Michael is very angry about this video," his spokeswoman Raymone Bain told AFP.

    "He feels that Eminem has crossed the line; it's one thing to spoof someone, but it's another to be so disrespectful.

    "He feels it's inappropriate, insensitive, demeaning and disrespectful and his first priority is to get it pulled from the airwaves," she said.

    Ms Bain said Jackson is focusing on persuading television networks to stop playing the video and is not yet considering legal action against Eminem.

    Controversial Eminem's song features provocative lyrics and makes fun on an early 1990s incident in which Jackson's hair famously caught fire while he was filming a commercial for soft drink maker Pepsi, showing the Jackson look-alike with his coiffure ablaze.

    At one point in the song, Eminem says: "Come here little kiddie, on my lap. Guess who's back with a brand new rap? And I don't mean rap, as in a case of child molestation."

    Ms Bain said the Black Entertainment Network had agreed on Tuesday to take the video off the air and issued an appeal to other US broadcasters to "immediately follow suit and pull the video".

    Jackson, 46, has been accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy after plying him with alcohol at his Neverland Ranch last year.

    The singer pleaded innocent in April to 10 charges including child molestation, plying a minor with alcohol and conspiracies to kidnap, illegally imprison and extort his alleged victim or his family.

    He is free on $US3 million bail.

    He has branded the allegations a "big lie" and accused the boy's family of attempting to extort money from him.

    The next court hearing in the explosive case is set for Thursday in the California town of Santa Maria, but Jackson was not expected to attend.


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