Accuser Faces Jackson In Court

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Michael Jackson's young accuser came face-to-face with the singer for the first time since leaving the Neverland Ranch two years ago and described watching sexually explicit images with the singer in his bedroom.

"They had this moment where there was just this recognition," said CBS News Consultant J. Randy Taraborrelli. "Everyone in the courtroom was jumping out of their seats."

During his testimony Wednesday the now-15-year-old accuser told the jury how he first met Michael Jackson and about his first visit to Jackson's Neverland ranch, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman.

The boy was not asked about the molestation allegations before court ended Wednesday, but testified about seeing adult Internet sites with Jackson and others after the singer suggested he and his brother sleep in his room on their first visit to Neverland in 2000.

With an expression that appeared to verge on a sneer, the young cancer survivor said yes when District Attorney Tom Sneddon asked him if he recognized the defendant.

The accuser was following his 14-year-old brother to the stand. The brother testified he saw Jackson fondle his older sibling in late February or early March 2003. Testimony was to resume Thursday.

The teen will be closely watched to see if his testimony matches what he told a grand jury last year, reports CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales. He couldn't fully remember details of the alleged molestation at Neverland because, he said, he was intoxicated.

The accuser gave the same account his brother had of looking at sexually explicit Web sites on their second night at Neverland after their parents gave them permission to sleep in Jackson's room.

The boy said one of Jackson's employees, Frank Tyson, began looking at sites on the Internet as the others watched.

The witness said they looked at women or teenage girls on seven or so sites for 15 to 30 minutes, and he repeated an account his brother had given about a remark Jackson allegedly made.

"There was this girl with her shirt up and it was all quiet and stuff and Michael's like, 'Got milk?'" he said.

At another point, Jackson whispered in the ear of his sleeping son, Prince Michael, saying his son was missing out and using a slang for female genitalia.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting the boy, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive to get them to rebut a damaging TV documentary in which Jackson said he allowed children to sleep in his bedroom. Jackson's defense contends the family has a history of filing false claims to get money.

Jackson probably was instructed not to react to the testimony and not to look at the witness, but he did, former prosecutor Anne Bremner, who was in the courtroom Wednesday, told CBS News' The Early Show.

"You are damned either way," defense attorney and CBS News Legal Analyst Mickey Sherman said. "If you look at the victim too much, you are accused of eyeballing him and staring him down. If you don't look, you are afraid to look at him. The jury loves to interpret these things and embellish them beyond imagination."

The accuser, who was a cancer patient when he met Jackson, talked about attending a Los Angeles comedy camp hosted by club owner Jamie Masada, whom he would later ask to put him in touch with Jackson.

The boy said Jackson invited him to Neverland the first time they talked. He said Jackson called his hospital room as he was being treated for cancer, and they later talked on the phone about 20 times.

The boy said Jackson invited him to appear in a documentary being produced by British journalist Martin Bashir and coached him on what to say. It aired on Feb. 6, 2003.

The boy said when he arrived at Jackson's ranch to participate in the video, Jackson "introduced me to Martin Bashir and 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."

When asked if that was true, the boy said, "Not really. He was hardly there during my cancer," and that other celebrities such as comedian George Lopez visited him more often while he was sick.

"Did you admire Mr. Jackson?" Sneddon asked.

"I thought he was the coolest guy in the world. He was my best friend ever," the boy said.

Earlier Wednesday, the younger brother, under cross-examination by defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr., admitted discrepancies between his testimony and his other accounts of allegedly seeing Jackson molest his brother.

During questioning by the prosecution, the boy told of twice looking through the doorway of Jackson's bedroom as the pop star molested his sleeping brother while masturbating.
  • David Hancock

    David Hancock is a home page editor for CBSNews.com.

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