- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson’s former maid testified yesterday she found the singer showering with a boy who often slept in the pop star’s bed.

Mr. Jackson is being tried on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003 at his Neverland ranch. The former maid testified as part of a prosecution effort to show that the singer had a pattern of molesting or otherwise behaving inappropriately with boys.

The former maid’s son received a $2.4 million settlement from Mr. Jackson in 1994 after claiming the pop star groped him. Before the woman took the stand, defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. raised the issue of whether she also had a financial stake in his story by showing she had been paid $20,000 to appear on the TV show “Hard Copy.”

The woman, who was Mr. Jackson’s personal maid for about five years, told of seeing Mr. Jackson in the shower with a boy about 8 years old who frequently stayed at Neverland and slept in the singer’s bed.

“Are you aware of him staying anywhere other than in Michael Jackson’s bedroom?” asked prosecutor Ron Zonen.

“No,” said the woman, speaking with a Spanish accent.

One day, she said, she used a key to enter the bedroom and heard “laughing, playing — like playing around.”

“First I thought they were playing in bathtub or Jacuzzi or outside in his garden and I walked in and they were in the shower,” she said.

The woman said she saw their clothes on the floor outside the shower and retreated because she thought Mr. Jackson would be mad if he found her there.

Interrogated at length about how she knew who was in the shower when the door was clouded, the witness said she was sure she saw “Mr. Jackson and little kid” through the steam.

The former maid also told of seeing actor Macaulay Culkin at Neverland and said he too stayed in Mr. Jackson’s bedroom.

Although the prosecution was allowed to present testimony about Mr. Culkin, the defense has asserted that the “Home Alone” star has denied being molested.

On Monday, a young man testified the pop star twice touched his crotch over his clothes and once reached under his clothes and touched his genitals during tickling games when he was 7 to 10. He also said that in the first two incidents Mr. Jackson gave him $100.

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