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accuse (one) of

To blame someone for a crime or wrongdoing. I can't believe he would accuse me of stealing money out of his wallet. Don't accuse him of lying without any evidence.
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accuse someone of something

to charge someone with a crime, a violation of rules or instructions, or doing something wrong. Please don't accuse me of forgetting to lock the door.
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He who excuses himself accuses himself.

Prov. By apologizing for something, you admit that you did it. Maybe I should tell my boss I'm sorry for breaking the copy machine. On the other hand, he who excuses himself accuses himself.
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Cynthia Montgomery was called to support a prosecution claim that Jackson was planning to kidnap the accuser and his family and send them to Brazil following the documentary in which the singer said he let children sleep in his bed.
Judge Melville also refused a prosecution bid to call an expert on battered women to explain the demeanour of the accuser Gavin Arvizo's mother on the stand.
ABC news,citing a psychologist's interview notes with the accuser and his brother,also said Jackson showed his alleged victim pornography on a computer.
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Speaking of his own experience, the ex-politician said: "Fuel was added to the flames when our accuser sold her anonymity to the News of the World for pounds 50,000 and kept the story going.
But in quite a few cases, rape shield laws have been applied to evidence that has a direct bearing on the credibility of the accuser (and, sometimes, only the most tenuous connection to her sexual past).
Jurors in the pop star's moles tation trial went home last week following a combative exchange between the pop star's accuser and defence attorney.
Bryant, who is married, has admitted to having sexual intercourse with the woman but claims it was consensual; his accuser says he gripped her by the neck and forced her to have sex despite her protests.
It also showed him talking about sleepovers with children at Neverland and holding the hand of a cancer-stricken boy - the boy who is now Jackson's accuser.
In 1994, after a spate of campus rapes, British university staff were told not to take internal disciplinary action against students accused of rape if the accuser refused to go to the police.
During the trial, fellow teachers testified on behalf of Chattaway, introducing evidence that challenged the credibility of the accusers, again bearing a striking similarity to the Jackson case where the defense is questioning the veracity of the young accuser's story as well as those of his parents.
During the trial, Gordon Ross, defending, claimed Blackman's accuser had invented the allegations because she wanted to (http://www.
Washington, May 05 (ANI): Mother of the late Michael Jackson, Katherine is still adamant that her son never molested any children including King of Pop's 1993 accuser.
Mr Stallard, 41, who had no previous convictions, had maintained intercourse was consensual in one incident and denied it had taken place in the other, when his accuser made threats.
But the accuser in the current contends the abuse began in 1990, after Wempe renewed an acquaintance with his family.