Jackson Appeared in Court against Molestation Charge
摘要：Pop star Michael Jackson has gone on trial in California for child abuse.
Pop star Michael Jackson has gone on trial in California for child abuse.
The 46 year old singer denies molesting a boy, plying him with alcohol and conspiring to kidnap him and his family.
A prosecutor laid out the child molestation and conspiracy case against Jackson, telling jurors he exploited a 13-year-old boy and exposed him to "strange sexual behaviour" and that an employee told the child his mother could be killed.
Opening statements began after Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville read the indictment to the jury which included the alleged molestation of the boy, a cancer patient, at Jackson's Neverland ranch and a purported attempt to keep his family silent.
The defence opening statement was to follow the prosecution's presentation.
Jackson arrived at the court with a throng of news media and a handful of fans watching.
Bishop James Ellerby is a Jackson supporter.
"Even the place and the location, it's all a concern. And the news media is already pronouncing that there's no way that he's going to get a fair trial. And all kinds of things that, it's derogatory to our society, and if these things are pronounced before even the first day of the trial, it's a reason to be concerned."
The defence has cast Jackson as the target of a money-hungry mother who coached her son to spin stories when it looked like their celebrity benefactor would cut them off.
The defence will present evidence that the mother has sued others in the past claiming abuse. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8