The witness testifies that he told his dean he wanted schoolmates to stop taunting him

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 15, 2005 02:00 PM

Another day, another pivotal twist in the Michael Jackson trial: The star s young accuser testified Tuesday that the reason he told his school s dean he wasn t molested by Jackson was because he wanted his schoolmates to stop “making fun of me.”

The explanation of the 15-year-old s statement on Monday that Jackson never touched him came during the accuser s questioning by District Attorney Tom Sneddon, following the witness lengthy cross-examination by Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., reports the Associated Press.

In what is being perceived as damaging testimony to the prosecution, the boy revealed on the stand Monday that he had informed Jeffrey Alpert, a dean at John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, that nothing had happened to him during his 2003 stays at Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

On Tuesday, the boy explained his conversation with his dean, saying that after the TV documentary featuring him with Jackson aired, he was taunted by schoolmates who teased him about being “raped” by the pop singer. When Alpert then confronted the boy and asked if he had been molested by Jackson, “I told him that it didn’t happen,” the boy testified Tuesday. “All the kids were already making fun of me at the school, and I didn’t want anyone to think it had really happened.”

Before leaving the stand, the boy answered Sneddon s question about his opinion of Jackson now.

“I don’t really like him anymore,” the boy replied. “I don’t really think he’s deserving of the respect I was giving him as the coolest guy in the world.”