Mesereau and the young accuser sparred briefly Thursday after the boy spent much of the day detailing the charges against Jackson for the prosecution. Jackson, 46, faces a number of counts, including charges of molesting the boy and administering alcohol to a minor. He has pleaded not guilty.
The accuser, who was 13 when the alleged incidents took place in 2003, faced Mesereau during the final minutes of court Thursday, when the defense attorney questioned whether the boy and his family had benefited from Jackson's generosity, the Associated Press reports. Mesereau asked whether his family had stayed at Jackson's Neverland Ranch for free.
Mesereau laid out his case against the boy's claim in his opening statements last month, in which he said, "The (accuser's) mother, with her children as tools, was trying to find a celebrity to latch onto. Unfortunately for Michael Jackson, he fell for it." Mesereau is expected to continue that line of thought Monday.
Meanwhile, prosecutors sought access to Jackson's financial records Friday, claiming that the pop singer's money problems drove Jackson to force the accuser's family to downplay the damaging TV documentary Living With Michael Jackson, which touched off a firestorm of troubles for the entertainer after he admitted sharing his bed with children.
Judge Rodney Melville said he would only allow limited financial testimony, saying he didn't want to "inundate the jury" with lots of numbers. "I don't think you can turn the jury into accountants," he said. Jackson's lawyers denied the prosecutions assertions about their client's financial status.
About the only things that aren't in dispute about the case are the hardships Jackson's accuser has suffered so far in his life. He was 10 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer, and his parents divorced the following year, when his father was accused of abusing the whole family.