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Accuser's brother admits to lying

Boy admitted false testimony during JC Penney lawsuit
/ Source: NBC News and news services

The brother of Michael Jackson’s accuser has admitted lying under oath in another case.

Jackson’s attorney began his cross-examination of the 14-year-old Tuesday. On Monday, the teen gave crucial and graphic testimony, saying he’d twice seen the pop star molest his sleeping brother.

On Tuesday, the boy admitted lying during a deposition for his mother’s civil lawsuit against J.C. Penney. In that case, he swore that his mother and father never fought and that his father never hit him.

Earlier today, the boy said Jackson once told him and his brother not to reveal what happened “even if they put a gun to your head.” But it’s unclear what incident Jackson may have been referring to.

Other testimony from the boy prompted an audible reaction from onlookers in court.

The brother of the accuser had testified on direct examination that Jackson showed him a specific issue of Hustler Barely Legal magazine shortly after the family and the singer returned from Miami in February of 2003.

During his cross examination, Jackson's attorney Tom Mesereau elicited testimony that the family claims it left Neverland, Jackson's ranch, for the last time in March 2003. The attorney then confronted the boy with the very issue the boy had said he'd been shown and pointed out it was dated August, 2003 — after the family says it had left Neverland.

The boy then said the particular magazine issue in question was "like" the one he'd been shown.

‘Grossed out’On Monday, the boy described for jurors in graphic detail Monday how he twice saw the pop star fondle the child while the young boy lay sleeping in Jackson’s bed at his Neverland Ranch.

The brother also testified that Jackson showed them Internet sex sites, gave them "Jesus juice" — the pop star's apparent term for wine — slept in bed with them and appeared before them naked and sexually aroused.

“Me and my brother were watching a movie and Michael walked up naked,” the 14-year-old witness testified. “Me and my brother were grossed out. He sat on the bed and said it was natural,” then left the room.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon asked if anything was notable about Jackson’s appearance, and the boy, using a slang term, said Jackson was aroused.

The boy said that after seeing Jackson with his hand in his brother’s underwear he witnessed another episode of what he described as masturbation two days later. He did not state the dates of the incidents, which the prosecution says followed a February 2003 TV documentary in which Jackson appeared with the boy at Neverland.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy cancer survivor at Neverland, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the family captive.

The brother testified extensively about alcohol allegations, saying Jackson referred to wine as “Jesus juice.”

On one occasion, the boy said he was watching a movie at Neverland with his brother “and Michael walked up naked and picked up something. Me and my brother were grossed out. He told us it was natural.”

Asked if there was anything unusual about Jackson’s genitals, the boy replied, “He had a hard-on.”

He also recounted an incident that he said occurred while the family was on a private jet with Jackson as they returned to Santa Barbara from a trip to Miami. He said that during the flight, Jackson offered him wine from a soda can.

“He leaned over and he handed it to me. I thought it was Diet Coke so I didn’t want to be rude. It smelled like rubbing alcohol. I asked him what it was and he said it was wine,” the boy testified.

He said he then saw Jackson lick his brother on the head for about six seconds.

During the flight, Jackson made a crank phone call to a woman in which he made remarks about genitalia, the boy testified. He said that on the flight he also saw his brother with a watch and jacket, items that the prosecution alleges were bribes to keep the 13-year-old silent about the wine.

Return to NeverlandUpon their return to Neverland, he and his brother slept in Jackson’s bed with another boy and Jackson, he said. They drank alcohol repeatedly with Jackson during the rest of their stay at Neverland, he said.

Jackson was always present when they drank wine, and most of the drinking occurred in Jackson’s office, bedroom or wine cellar, he said.

The defense contends the boys memorized security codes to enter the wine cellar and other areas without permission. But the boy said the cellar could not be opened without a key and he did not know where it was.

The witness also described making crank calls from the ranch, dialing random numbers. “If the phone number didn’t exist, he would have us take a drink of wine,” the witness testified.

The witness said that on one visit to Neverland, Jackson showed him and his brother sexually explicit Internet sites.

He said that Jackson’s assistant Frank Tyson and Jackson’s children Prince Michael and Paris were also present.

'Got Milk?'The boy said that at one point while looking at an image of a woman’s breasts, Jackson joked, “Got milk?” He said at another point Jackson whispered in the ear of his sleeping son. Using a vulgar term for female anatomy, Jackson allegedly said, “You’re missing some ...”

The brother fidgeted with his hands as he testified and acknowledged he was nervous.

Earlier in the day, the jury heard an audiotape in which the accuser’s siblings and mother effusively praised the “King of Pop” as a father figure who took them in after years of abuse by the mother’s ex-husband. The tape was used by the defense in an attempt to impeach the credibility of the accuser’s 18-year-old sister.

The sister, hunched over in her seat, cried on the witness stand as the tape was played.

“At that point I still liked Mr. Jackson and I was just latching onto something,” she said of her comments on the tape. “I had 16 years of abuse and I didn’t know what a father was.”