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It's never just black or white when it comes to Michael Jackson's child-molestation case.

Jackson's lead defense attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr., took to the airwaves Tuesday and issued a statement declaring that news reports about photos allegedly seized from Neverland Ranch are false.

Mesereau didn't specify what the photos featured; however, his statement came following a report on Los Angeles radio station KFI that several of the pictures featured a naked boy or boys. The station cited unnamed sources in its report.

KFI news director Chris Little told the Associated Press that the station had been contacted by a Jackson lawyer about a retraction, but elected to stand by its story. The station says if the story is somehow proved false, it will reveal the identities of its sources.

All parties involved in the Jackson case are subject to a gag order forbidding them from speaking publicly about the trial, but Mesereau received permission from the court to release his statement.

"The Michael Jackson defense team has learned that information is circulating throughout the media regarding alleged photographs supposedly seized from Mr. Jackson's residence. That information is false. The prosecution has confirmed that it is false," Mesereau said Tuesday from an office in Birmingham, Alabama.

"We demand an immediate retraction from any news or media organization that made such an announcement," he said.

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The photos in question were reportedly brought up in court last Friday during a hearing at which the defense was challenging the prosecution's seizure of certain items taken from Neverland Ranch.

According to CelebrityJustice.com, one photo reportedly features a naked boy lying face down in a bathtub, while another shows a boy lying in Jackson's bed with his underwear pulled down around his ankles.

"It's very apparent looking at those items why we seized them," prosecutor Ron Zonen said in court Friday.

CelebrityJustice.com reports that other items seized include Jackson's mattress and a collection of pornographic magazines. The items are reportedly undergoing DNA and fingerprint testing in an effort to link them to Jackson's accuser.

Jackson has been charged with 10 counts of child molestation. He has pleaded innocent to all charges and remains free on $3 million bail.

The popster made a rare court appearance last week to watch the mother of his accuser testify. He's due back in court Jan. 31.