- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Michael Jackson’s teenage accuser testified yesterday that he slept in the star’s bedroom and surfed Internet pornography sites with him the first time they met.

He and his younger brother “asked our parents if we could sleep in Michael’s room, and my parents said, yeah we could,” he said of the family’s first visit to the singer’s Neverland ranch in 2000 or 2001.

In the bedroom, the boy told jurors, one of Mr. Jackson’s aides began calling up raunchy Web sites on a computer.

“We started looking at adult material sites,” said the boy, now 15.

He said when they looked at a photo of a woman exposing her breasts, “Michael said, ‘Got milk,’” and said Mr. Jackson later used a sexual vulgarity in joking that his toddler son, Prince Michael — who was asleep in the same room — was “missing a lot.”

The boy and his family were invited to the singer’s fantasy estate after Mr. Jackson called the boy in the hospital where he was being treated for kidney and lung cancer. Mr. Jackson, 46, is charged with 10 counts, including child molestation, plying the boy with alcohol to seduce him and conspiring to kidnap the accuser and his family and hold them prisoner.

The boy has accused Mr. Jackson of molesting him at least twice in 2003, when he was 13, after the first U.S. broadcast of a British documentary in which he was shown holding hands with Mr. Jackson, who proclaimed it “a beautiful thing” to share his bed with children.

The boy testified yesterday he had been duped into appearing in Martin Bashir’s “Living With Michael Jackson,” which was shown around the world.

Mr. Jackson had told him that it was an “audition” tape, he said, and he had thought it was a home video. Before filming began, the boy testified, Mr. Jackson coached him on what to say.

“He told me to say he helped me and that he pretty much cured me of cancer,” the boy told jurors, adding that he thought Mr. Jackson would keep the film for himself.

Lawyers for Mr. Jackson have portrayed the accuser’s family as financial predators with a history of concocting stories to win cash settlements.

The boy testified that Mr. Jackson had affectionately called him “Applehead” or “Doo doo head” and that he thought the superstar was “the coolest guy in the world … my best friend ever.”

He took the witness stand a day after his younger brother admitted giving authorities contradictory accounts of witnessing the singer molesting the accuser.

The younger brother, 14, faced a two-day grilling by Mr. Jackson’s lead attorney, Thomas Mesereau, who doggedly attacked the credibility of the prosecution’s only eyewitness.

Mr. Mesereau highlighted inconsistencies in the younger brother’s accounts of abuse and underage drinking with Mr. Jackson that the boy first offered to police, then to a grand jury hearing and finally to the trial jury.

Mr. Mesereau zeroed in on the fact that the boy told sheriff’s investigators that he had seen Mr. Jackson fondling his brother at Neverland ranch two years ago, but told the trial jury this week that the star was fondling himself.

“Why did you tell the sheriff’s department a different version?” Mr. Mesereau asked the 14-year-old.

“I was nervous when I was doing the interview,” the boy replied.

“So because you were nervous, you didn’t get the facts right?” Mr. Mesereau asked.

“Yes,” the boy replied.

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