Hip-hop star LL Cool J has declared he will remain a fan of troubled pop singer MICHAEL JACKSON - even if he's found guilty of child molestation.

Jackson, 45, stands accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old cancer sufferer at his sprawling Neverland ranch in California. And while many of the BAD singer's pals and fans have started to question whether or not the accusations are genuine, the LUV U BETTER rapper - real name JAMES TODD SMITH - insists he'll remain a supporter to the end.

The father-of-four, 35, says, "Getting plastic surgery doesn't make you a paedophile. Until I see evidence he's guilty, I support him. And if he is guilty, what can I say? I'm still a fan."

05/12/2003 09:06