March 15, 2005 14:37


Gavin Arvizo told teacher he had never been molested by the star…

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s accuser has admitted telling his former teacher that he had never been molested by the star.

During cross examination by the singer’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau, 15-year-old Gavin Arvizo conceded that he told Jeffrey Alpert that nothing inappropriate took place between himself and Michael Jackson.

The teenager last week told the court in Santa Maria, California of how the alleged abuse took place and took to the stand again yesterday (March 14).

Michael Jackson was also in court for the first time since his late arrival last Thursday with back pain and dressed in pyjamas (March 10).

Mesereau, apparently reading from a transcript of the interview between Arvizo and Alpert, quoted Alpert as saying: “Look at me, look at me... I can't help you unless you tell me the truth - did any of this happen?"

The conversation apparently took place shortly after the 2003 documentary which kicked off the investigation into Michael Jackson, and Arvizo acknowledged from the witness stand yesterday that his answer at the time had been “No”.

He said: “I told Mr Alpert he (Michael Jackson) didn't do anything to me.”

During the cross examination, Mesereau highlighted a number of disciplinary problems the teenager had had at John Burroughs Middle School, where Alpert was the dean.

According to BBC News, Arvizo admitted that he had been a disruptive pupil, regularly argued with his teachers and rarely did his homework.

As previously reported on NME.COM, during the witness examination last week, the teenager told the court the singer gave him wine, dubbed "Jesus juice". He also said Michael Jackson exposed him to internet pornography and masturbated him twice.

Michael Jackson denies ten charges of child abuse and false imprisonment.

Read More On This Artist

Michael Jackson Merchandise
More News
Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'
ZZ Top cancel tour due to bass player's tourbus accident
Zola Jesus takes to the forest in 'Dangerous Days' video - watch
Skrillex, Diplo and Kiesza share live version of 'Take U There' - listen
Suede to release 20th anniversary 'Dog Man Star' boxset
Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to possessing illegal assault weapon
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney records theme tune to animated horse comedy starring Aaron Paul
The Weeknd reveals slow-mo video for 'King Of The Fall' – watch
Circa Waves announce new single 'So Long' – listen
Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival
Aphex Twin announces international listening parties for new album 'Syro'
Miley Cyrus' homeless VMA guest hands himself in to police
Flying Lotus contemplating Kasabian's offer for collaboration: 'I've never heard...
Bristol Fleece management deny claims they're encouraging a boycott of Fat White Family
James Murphy to turn data from US Open tennis tournament into 400 hours of new music
David Lynch reveals he turned down directing video for Kanye West due to lack of ideas
Robert Plant criticises Spotify sound quality
Beyoncé's dad says Jay Z and Solange fight was staged to boost sales
New trailer released for 'Led Zeppelin IV' features rare version of 'Black Dog'
Jake Bugg says next album could take five months – or five years
American album sales hit lowest weekly total since records began
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman: 'I am sorry for being such an idiot'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today