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Byline: Beth Gillin
Katherine Jackson, speaking publicly for the first time since her son Michael's trial, told MSNBC's Rita Cosby, "I felt like the world had been lifted off my shoulders" when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 10 counts of child molestation.
When asked how the trial affected her personally, she said, "I had anxiety sometimes, I prayed about all of that. He was my child and I loved him, and I was going to stick by him."
In the interview, which aired in part on Tuesday's "Today'' show, Katherine Jackson spoke about the toll the ordeal took on her 46-year-old son, who seemed to waste away physically during the 14-week trial.
"One of the reasons why it devastated him, he would tell me, `Mother, when they say `Call your next witness,' and I look around and I'm surprised. It's people that I've helped, and they're up there trying to make money off of me by lying. I don't understand how people can do that.'''