Michael Jackson has accused British journalist Martin Bashir of betraying their friendship by taking to the stand as a prosecution witness - despite the fact Bashir faces possible prosecution after refusing to answer questions.

Bashir, 42, interviewed Jackson at his California Neverland Ranch in January 2003 for the controversial documentary LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, which raised questions about the superstar's relationship with young boys.

The footage led to Jackson's November (03) arrest on 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent, and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

But on the second day of Jackson's trial on Tuesday (01MAR05), Bashir declined to respond to the majority of the questions, including if he asked Jackson to sign documents without lawyers present, how many hours of footage were cut from the documentary, whether he was employed as a correspondent at the trial and if he saw any unedited footage from the film.

But Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone K Bain fumes, "He was very angry, because here was somebody he had embraced as a friend. He felt there was some betrayal there."

03/03/2005 17:41