Past allegations will be heard in the singer’s trial…

Michael Jackson’s defence team was dealt a major blow yesterday (March 28) when the judge in the singer’s molestation trial ruled five previous child abuse allegations against the singer could be allowed as testimony.

Prosecutor District Attorney Tom Sneddon argued for the motion allowing him to call witnesses who alleged they, or their children, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson over a decade ago. He also outlined plans to call witnesses who can testify that Michael Jackson engaged in molestation grooming patterns with several youngsters.

Michael Jackson’s attorney Thomas Mesereau however argued that past accusers did so for financial gain, a motive he has suggested applies to current accuser, 15 year-old Gavin Arvizo and his family.

Judge Rodney Melville ruled in favour of the prosecution, telling the court, “I’m going to permit testimony with regard to sexual offences and alleged pattern of grooming activity by the defendant.”

Sneddon now has the option of calling up to nine witnesses. The trial continues.