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Jackson guitarist denies Simmons claims

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Michael Jackson's former tour guitarist Jennifer Batten has denied recent claims from Kiss frontman Gene Simmons that the singer abused children.

The musician told Sawf News that Simmons's suggestion that a friend had quit Jackson's tour after "seeing boys coming out of the hotel rooms" was untrue.

Batten said: "Number one, there's no truth to it. Number two, I would guess that it was somebody who got fired. Somebody who was embarrassed that they got fired and so they made up a story."

She added that no musicians had left a Jackson tour after it had started and that only two were fired "like a week before we took out on the road".

Of media reports on Jackson after his death last June, she added: "They were respectful for about two or three hours and then they turned it into a tabloid festival... It's all about money now, not about truth. People can be very cold."
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