Defense: Michael Jackson May Testify

Defense: Michael Jackson May Testify
Michael A. Mariant/AP

03/02/2005 08:00AM

Following a showing of the British TV documentary Living With Michael Jackson in the courtroom Tuesday, the star's attorney Thomas Mesereau strongly hinted that the singer would take the stand to refute allegations that he molested a 13-year-old recovering cancer patient.

Mesereau twice suggested in his opening statements that jurors would hear from Jackson, saying, in reference to the accuser's family: "Michael will tell you one time he got a very bad feeling at Neverland."

The defense attorney also said, after DA Thomas Sneddon previously mentioned Jackson's showing sexually explicit magazines to his accuser and his younger brother: "Mr. Jackson will freely admit that he does read girlie magazines from time to time. He absolutely does not show them to children."

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Jackson, 46, is currently not on the defense witness list. Mesereau also denied allegations that Jackson served the boy alcohol and that Jackson was involved in a conspiracy to hold the child's family captive while forcing them to help in a public-relations ploy to undo damage caused by the documentary.

During the courtroom showing the TV documentary, Jackson, dressed in black silk pants and a red and gold vest, momentarily gyrated his shoulders to the beat of "Billie Jean" on the film's soundtrack. The room became hushed when Jackson spoke of abuse at the hands of his father. Jackson's mother Catherine, in court with brother Jackie, wiped tears from her eyes.

Later, as he left the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse Tuesday, Jackson told reporters that he felt "good" but "angry."

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