Accuser: Jackson Said 'Call Me Daddy'
The boy claims the star surfed Internet porn with him and coached him to call him "Daddy Michael"
Michael Jackson’s young accuser took the witness stand in the star’s child-molestation trial Wednesday, facing Jackson in person for the first time since leaving the singer’s Neverland Ranch in March 2003 and alleging he was sexually victimized.
Called to the stand by District Attorney Thomas Sneddon, the former cancer patient, looking slim in a blue shirt, replied yes when asked if he recognized the defendant – answering with an expression that appeared to be a sneer. The 15-year-old on the stand looked healthy, confident and calm.
Though the boy was not asked about the molestation allegations (the subject is expected to be dealt with during Thursday’s proceedings), he did testify about surfing adult Internet sites with Jackson on his and his brother’s first visit to Neverland in 2000.
Essentially repeating anecdotes his brother told on the stand earlier this week, the accuser testified about one computer site: “There was this girl with her shirt up and it was all quiet and stuff and Michael’s like, ‘Got milk?'”
He also said Jackson had invited him to appear in a documentary being produced by British journalist Martin Bashir and coached him on what to say. “He took me in the library and said, ‘Hey, you want to be an actor, don’t you?’ And I said yes. He said, ‘Hey, I’m going to put you in movies and this is your audition.’ … And he said, ‘Tell them you call me Daddy and Daddy Michael.'”
Under questioning by Sneddon, the boy continued: “He told me to say he helped me and that he pretty much cured me of cancer. ”
Asked if that were true, the boy replied, “Not really. He was hardly there during my cancer,” and that such other celebrities as comedian George Lopez visited him more often while he was sick.
Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting the boy, then 13, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the family captive on order to get them to rebut a damaging documentary in which Jackson said he allowed children to sleep in his bedroom.