Michael Jackson squirms, laughs through interrogation about pedophilia

Warning: This article talks about alleged child sex abuse and could be triggering for some people

Recently unearthed video has shown Michael Jackson's bizarre response to questions about his alleged child abuse.

It comes as a new documentary about the pop icon reignites debate over his legacy.

Leaving Neverland details the accounts of two men who claim Jackson befriended and then sexually abused them starting when they were just seven and 11-years-old respectively.

The interrogation video, shot in March 1996, shows Jackson responding to questions about allegations surrounding Macaulay Culkin, Jordan Chandler and Brett Barnes with a series of smiles, laughs and uncomfortable gestures.

At one point prosecution lawyer Michael Ring asked Jackson if he had ever been accused of molesting Barnes.

The singer responded by closing his eyes, covering his face and smiling before shaking his head and smiling again.

Mr Ring then argues with other lawyers present before asking Jackson if he had ever been accused of molesting Culkin.

He reacted strangely again, putting his hands on his head, touching his hat and then leaning back in his chair. He then grimaced before shaking his head with a smile.

His lawyer then quickly said: "that's an instruction not to answer that one".

Towards the end of the clip Jackson went on a bizarre rant about Jesus, claiming he was raised to emulate Jesus and surround himself with children.

"Jesus said to love the children and be like children; be youthful; be innocent, be pure and honourable," he said.

"He was talking to his apostles and they were fighting over who was the greatest among themselves and he said, 'Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest among me.'"

"He always surrounded himself with children, and that's how I was raised, to be like that and imitate that."

Jackson was accused of molesting young boys throughout his career, but always vehemently denied the allegations.

He was put on trial for allegedly molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo in 2005. The jury found him not guilty.