- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — The younger brother of Michael Jackson’s accuser described for jurors in graphic detail yesterday how he twice saw the pop star fondle the child while the young boy lay sleeping in Mr. Jackson’s bed at his Neverland ranch.

The brother also testified at the singer’s child-molestation trial that Mr. Jackson showed the two boys Internet sex sites, gave them wine, slept in bed with them and appeared before them naked and sexually aroused.

“Me and my brother were watching a movie, and Michael walked up naked,” the 14-year-old witness testified. “Me and my brother were grossed out. He sat on the bed and said it was natural,” then left the room.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon asked whether anything was notable about Mr. Jackson’s appearance, and the boy, using a slang term, said the singer was aroused.

Speaking calmly, directly and unemotionally, the boy said the molestation occurred shortly after Mr. Jackson had shown him and his brother sexually explicit magazines that he kept in a suitcase in his bedroom.

Mr. Sneddon projected on a courtroom screen the covers of the purported magazines. The defense has said Mr. Jackson had “girlie” magazines in his house but never showed them to children.

The boy said that he walked into the singer’s room and saw Mr. Jackson touching his brother.

“I saw directly onto the bed. I saw my brother was outside the covers. I saw Michael’s left hand in my brother’s underwears and I saw his right hand in his underwears,” he said.

He said he encountered a similar scene two days later.

He did not state the dates of the incidents, which the prosecution says followed a February 2003 TV documentary in which the singer appeared with the boy at Neverland.

Mr. Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy cancer survivor in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy’s family captive.

The defense is expected to attack the account as fiction designed by the children’s mother in an attempt to get money from the pop star.

The brother also testified extensively about alcohol accusations.

He recounted an incident that he said occurred while the family was on a private jet with Mr. Jackson as they returned to Santa Barbara, Calif., from a trip to Miami. He said that during the flight, the star offered him wine from a soda can.

“He leaned over, and he handed it to me. I thought it was Diet Coke, so I didn’t want to be rude. It smelled like rubbing alcohol. I asked him what it was, and he said it was wine,” the boy testified.

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