Published June 13, 2005
| Associated Press
SANTA MARIA, Calif. – One of Michael Jackson's former wives is praising today's innocent verdicts in the singer's child molestation trial.
In a statement to "Entertainment Tonight," Debbie Rowe (search) says, "I would never have married a pedophile. And, the system works."
Rowe had been a nurse for one of Jackson's plastic surgeons when they married in 1996. They had two children: Prince Michael and a daughter named Paris. The couple filed for divorce after three years of marriage.
Rowe was called during the trial as a prosecution witness, but her testimony ended up benefitting the defense as she described Jackson as a victim of money-hungry charlatans.