March 15, 2005 14:37

JACKO ACCUSER DENIED ABUSE

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

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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.

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