Those who believe Jackson to be innocent would have expected someone close to Jackson to immediately give an emphatic denial to that question as so many (but not all) have in the past.
But on the surface, he was adamant that nothing happened and that is clear in the testimony that I read and in what I saw in court. Aphrodite isn’t saying that she thinks Jackson is guilty, just that she has some “reservations”.
No, that would, if anything, bolster Jackson’s reputation.
The only conclusion is that yes, Murray thinks (because of things he had seen or encountered) Jackson is a pedophile, but isn’t prepared to talk about it at this time. Jackson defenders insist that Murray doesn’t believe Jackson was a pedophile (or at best didn’t know Jackson well enough to say one way or another) and is deliberately leaving the issue hanging in the hope of gaining more money for new interviews or a book deal.
A name hardly known outside of circles that follow the allegations against Jackson, Aphrodite Jones became the pin-up girl of Jackson defenders after she wrote a book detailing how Jackson was “railroaded” during the 2005 trial.
During the trial she was a reporter and she said herself that during the entire proceedings she was convinced that Jackson was guilty.