- The Washington Times - Friday, March 4, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A family now accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation was seen by jurors yesterday in a video praising him as a father figure, and the sister of the accuser testified under cross-examination that she had accused her own father of molesting her after her mother made the accusation.

Prosecutors showed jurors the video, which they claim was a staged and scripted response to a damaging documentary about Mr. Jackson.

“God worked through Michael to help us,” the mother of the accuser said in the video. “When we saw no hope, Michael said there was hope. … We were broken and Michael fixed us.”

The video was played during testimony by the accuser’s 18-year-old sister, who told jurors Thursday that Mr. Jackson’s associates had the family make the tape.

During cross-examination intended to call the credibility of the accuser’s family into question, the witness acknowledged accusing her father, who is divorced from her mother, of sexually abusing and imprisoning her and of making terrorist threats.

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