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Picking away at accuser's story

NBC News and blog the Michael Jackson trial

March 14, 2005 | 3:25 p.m. ET

Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau continues to probe at the accuser's story, apparently attempting to raise skepticism among jurors.

Mesereau confronted the boy with statements he'd allegdly made to investigators in the past about drinking at Neverland, ranging from not drinking a lot to drinking "every night."

Mesereau: "Isn't it true that every time you were interviewed, your stories of drinking got bigger and bigger?"

Accuser: "No."

The accuser said, despite what he may or may not have said in the past, "The fact is, we drank every night Michael was there."

Mesereau elicited testimony from the accuser that he and his family members failed to take opportunities to call for help during the period they were allegedly imprisoned.

Jackson's attorney also elicited testimony that showed Jackson allegedly molested the boy after he was investigated by authorities.

"What you are telling the jury is, after this investigation starts Mr. Jackson supposedly starts touching you inappropriately?" Mesereau asked.

Accuser: "Yes."

At one point, it's worth noting that Judge Rodney Melville admonished Mesereau when confronting the boy with prior trial testimony: "Counsel," the judge said, "You are arguing your case. Stop it. Start asking questions."

-Adam Gorfain

March 14, 2005 | 11:00 a.m. PT

Jay Leno resurfaces

Matt Carluccio says "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno has figured prominently in Jackson attorney Tom Mesereau's questioning of the accuser for the last 10 minutes. Mesereau wanted to know how the boy had gotten Leno's phone number, and whether he'd ever called the comedian.

The accuser said he had called one time and left a message. He said no one else in his family had called Leno.

Leno, who previously was gagged from making jokes about the case, has been named as a possible defense witness. He apparently told police he was solicited by the accuser and his mother, but sensed they were on the make.

Another issue that has arisen again are the alarm chimes outside Jackson's bedroom. The accuser said one could, in fact, hear Jackson's security chimes from Jackson's bed -- important because they apparently were chiming when the accuser's brother witnessed at least one incident of alleged molestation.

-Adam Gorfain