- The Washington Times - Friday, May 6, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Two mothers testified at Michael Jackson’s trial yesterday that they trusted the singer enough to let their sons sleep in his bed and were convinced that no molestation ever occurred.

“I’ve known Michael for a long time. I’ve spent many hours talking to him about everything. I feel like he’s a member of my family. I trust him. I trust him with my children,” said Joy Robson, whose 22-year-old son, Wade Robson, testified earlier that he was never molested by Mr. Jackson.

Also praising Mr. Jackson was Marie Lisbeth Barnes, whose son, Brett Barnes, testified that nothing improper happened when he shared Mr. Jackson’s bed.

“I trusted him implicitly,” she said of Mr. Jackson. “He’s a very nice person. You just know when you can trust someone.”

Mrs. Robson was critical of the mother of a boy who accused Mr. Jackson of molestation in 1993 and received a multimillion-dollar settlement from the singer. Mrs. Robson said she had been at Mr. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch with the boy and his mother but spoke to them only a few times.

“My impression of [the mother] is she wanted to be mistress of Neverland,” Mrs. Robson said. “She would order the staff around like she owned it. My impression of [her] is she was a gold digger.”

Under cross-examination, District Attorney Tom Sneddon then asked whether Mrs. Robson was jealous of the woman “because she replaced you.”

“Absolutely not,” Mrs. Robson replied.

Mr. Sneddon also suggested that Mrs. Robson ingratiated herself with Mr. Jackson because she thought he could help her son get into show business. She denied the claim.

Mrs. Robson’s daughter, Chantal Robson, testified that she slept in Mr. Jackson’s room with her brother four times as a child. She said she saw Mr. Jackson hug children and kiss them on the cheek, but she never saw anything of a sexual nature.

Mrs. Barnes, who is from Melbourne, Australia, said she and her family got to know Mr. Jackson after her son wrote him a letter. She said she allowed her son to travel around the world with Mr. Jackson on a tour because she believed it would be a learning experience.

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