During cross-examination, the defense attempts to paint the accuser's brother as a liar

By Ron Arias Stephen M. Silverman
March 08, 2005 04:00 PM

Michael Jackson’s attorney Thomas Mesereau did his best Tuesday to paint the 14-year-old brother of Jackson’s accuser as a liar.

On the stand during cross-examination, the teen reversed some of his earlier statements at the trial, saying that, in fact, Jackson did not show him the pornographic magazine that the prosecution had earlier entered into evidence, the Associated Press reports. The youngster also admitted that he lied under oath in a separate civil lawsuit.

Regarding the magazine, titled Barely Legal, it carried a publication date of August 2003, AP reports. But the witness previously said the last time he visited Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was in March 2003.

Confronted with the conflicting dates, the boy said of the magazine, “I never said it was exactly that one. That’s not exactly the one he showed us.”

Asking about another case, Mesereau said: “When you were asked if your dad ever hit you, you said ‘never.’ Were you telling the truth?”

“No,” said the teen.

Fuzzy or contradictory memory also plagued other parts of the boy’s testimony, including an account of the molestation scenes he claims to have seen from outside Jackson’s bedroom – which conflict with versions given several years ago to Los Angeles psychologist Stanley Katz.

For example, the boy told Katz he saw Jackson put his hand “near” his sleeping brother. On Monday, the teen witness testified that he saw Jackson put his hand “under” the boy’s underpants.

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 the damaging documentary in which Jackson said he allowed children to sleep in his bedroom.

As opposed to his courtroom demeanor on Monday, when he appeared antsy and agitated, Jackson on Tuesday was often smiling, occasionally rocking in his chair, and once chatting amiably with a courtroom clerk seated near him.