Jackson braced for more allegations
1.28PM, Sun Apr 10 2005
Michael Jackson has faced one of his toughest weeks in court as former
employees at his Neverland Ranch have testified to witnessing the
singer sexually abuse boys.
Explicit details were presented to the jury as the prosecution try and
establish what they contend is Jackson's pattern of sexual misconduct
over the years.
Jackson is on trial on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy at his
The prosecution is presenting evidence, much of it from former Jackson
employees, that the crime was part of a pattern of inappropriate
behaviour by the pop star with boys.
And they say they have more witnesses lined up to testify against him.
A former Neverland maid, Adrian McManus, told the court she saw Jackson
in compromising positions with boys.
Another ex-employee, 70-year-old Phillip LeMarque, told the court he
once saw Jackson fondling Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin.
Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau has accused the witnesses of lying.
He told the court how Ms McManus and other employees used a "media
broker" to sell stories about Jackson to US tabloids.
Mr LeMarque also confirmed he had sued Jackson for unpaid overtime and
received a settlement.
Jackson denies ten counts including the boy, plying him with alcohol
and conspiring to hold him and his family captive.