Jackson's Accuser Claims He Denied Molestation To Halt Teasing
Michael Jackson's young accuser testified today (15MAR05) that the reason he told his school's dean he wasn't molested by the star was because he wanted his schoolmates to stop teasing him.
The explanation of the 15-year-old's statement yesterday (14MAR05) - that Jackson never touched him - came during the accuser's questioning by District Attorney Tom Sneddon, following the witness' lengthy cross-examination by Jackson attorney THOMAS MESEREAU.
In what is being perceived as a damaging testimony to the prosecution, the boy revealed on the stand that he had informed JEFFREY ALPERT, a dean at Los Angeles' John Burroughs Middle School, that nothing inappropriate had happened to him during his visits to Jackson's Neverland Ranch in 2003.
This morning, the boy explained his conversation with his dean, saying that after a TV documentary featuring him with Jackson aired, he was taunted by schoolmates who teased him about being "raped" by the 46-year-old BAD singer.
When Alpert then confronted the boy and asked if he had been molested by Jackson, the accuser said no.
The boy explained in court, "All the kids were already making fun of me at the school, and I didn't want anyone to think it had really happened."
Before leaving the stand, the boy answered Sneddon's question about his opinion of Jackson now.
The boy replied, "I don't really like him anymore. I don't really think he's deserving of the respect I was giving him as the coolest guy in the world."
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.15/03/2005 21:22