JACKSON’s trial began yesterday (February 28), with the prosecution claiming the singer showed a boy pornography and plied him with alcohol.
Both sides made opening statements in the trial, taking place in Santa Maria, California, on which the star faces charges of child molestation.
According to the BBC, prosecutor Tom Sneddon made a three-hour opening statement to the 12-strong jury in which he claimed Michael Jackson had given a 13-year-old cancer sufferer wine and visited sexually explicit websites in order to molest him at his Neverland ranch.
Mr Sneddon said: “It’s not children’s books, but visits to Internet porn sites… magazines like Hustler, Playboy, Barely Legal.
“The private world of Michael
Jackson reveals that instead of cookies and milk, you can substitute wine, bourbon and vodka.”
However, Michael Jackson‘s
lawyer Thomas Mesereau denounced the charges as ridiculous, describing the alleged victim’s mother as a con artist who regularly attempted to extort money from celebrities, mentioning specifically actors Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler, and boxer Mike Tyson.
Mr Mesereau said: “There is a pattern by (the
mother) and her children to ensnare people for money. The best known celebrity and the most vulnerable celebrity became the mark.”
was accompanied in court for the first time by his mother Katherine and brother Jermaine.
The trial, which could last for six months, continues today. Is found guilty, Michael Jackson could face up to 21 years in prison.