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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Authorities looking into new allegations of child abuse against pop icon Michael Jackson may have some doubts about the accusations, a source familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

The source said investigators are trying to determine if the accuser was ever with Jackson.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a one-paragraph statement saying police were contacted by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office one month ago to look into the claims.

"The victim alleges the acts took place in the city of Los Angeles in the late 1980s," the police statement said. "The Department's Juvenile Division, Child Protection Section, is currently investigating the allegations."

Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office, confirmed on Tuesday the police statement.

"We did ask them to conduct an investigation about one month ago," she said in a phone interview. "It's still ongoing, but we have no further comment."

LAPD spokesman Jason Lee told CNN the department would release no further details about the investigation or the allegations.

Ben Brafman, one of Jackson's lawyers, predicted Tuesday in a phone interview with CNN that the new claims would be proven false.

"It is simply not possible, nor productive, to even try and respond to the dozens of baseless rumors and outrageous allegations that surface on almost a daily basis," Brafman said.

"In virtually all of these cases, once the facts have been objectively investigated, they have been found to be entirely without merit. My expectation is that this story, like so many others, will eventually prove to be false and in all likelihood [was] promoted by people who have their own selfish agendas or are otherwise seeking to compromise the right of Mr. Jackson to a fair hearing on the charges presently pending," Brafman added.

A grand jury is currently hearing a child molestation case against Jackson, 45, who pleaded not guilty in January to seven felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and two counts of giving the child an "intoxicating agent."

Prosecutors say the incidents for which Jackson has been indicted took place in February and March 2003.

Jackson was investigated in 1993 after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a 13-year-old boy.

The singer settled that case with the boy's family out of court, and no charges were ever filed.

-- CNN Producer Dree De Clamecy contributed to this report


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