Prosecutors reveal new evidence against the star…
Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson trial have shown the jury two books seized from the singer’s bedroom which they say show naked boys.
The pictures were found in 1993 during a previous molestation case against the singer, involving a boy who received a multimillion-dollar settlement from the star in 1994.
Contained in two books, the pictures with nude boys were seized from Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch.
According to BBC News, the covers of ’Boys Will Be Boys’ – showing a painting of boys in swimsuits jumping into a pool – and ’The Boy: A Photographic Essay’ – showing a photograph of a naked boy on rocks by the sea – were shown to the jury in a Santa Maria courtroom on Friday (April 29).
Prosecutors argued that the books testified to what they said was the singer’s proclivity for young boys, whilst Michael Jackson’s defence team objected to the introduction of the books into evidence, claiming they were too “remote in time”.
They added that the books were irrelevant to the current case and would prejudice jurors.
Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville supported the prosecution’s request on the grounds that the books’ “probative value exceeds the prejudicial effect.”
Also on Friday, the prosecution revealed that they plan to call three new witnesses to testify. It is expected that the prosecution will wrap up their case against the star early this week.
Michael Jackson denies ten charges, including child abuse and false imprisonment.