- The Washington Times - Friday, September 17, 2004

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — The mother of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of molestation testified yesterday she does not remember a private investigator telling her that he was working for one of the pop star’s attorneys, but believed he worked directly for the singer.

The woman, identified in court as “Jane Doe,” took the stand in a hearing at which Mr. Jackson’s defense is seeking to exclude evidence seized from the private investigator’s office on grounds of attorney-client privilege, as well as some items taken from his Neverland Ranch during a search.

The 36-year-old woman, who had allowed her children to make overnight visits to Neverland, made the sign of the cross after entering the courtroom. She glanced briefly at Mr. Jackson, 46, who stared at her throughout her testimony. She did not look back at him.

The testimony was the first time since the case began that the accuser’s mother came face to face with the pop star, whom she had called “the devil” at a grand jury hearing earlier this year.

Mr. Jackson, dressed in a white suit with an embroidered gold armband, was greeted with cheers from dozens of fans when he arrived at the Santa Barbara County courthouse. One fan held a banner with a picture of the pop star and others hoisted signs saying “We Love You Michael.”

One woman supporting the prosecution held a sign that read: “We Support the Victim.”

Outside court, Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. proclaimed: “The charges he faces are false and will be battled in a court of law within our justice system. He is innocent and will be vindicated.”

Mr. Jackson’s attorneys are trying to show that the accuser’s mother and prosecutors should have known private investigator Bradley Miller was working for Mr. Jackson’s then-attorney Mark Geragos when authorities seized items from Mr. Miller’s office.

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