Presley insists she never saw Jacko mistreat kids. She says her recent comments didn't refer to his behavior with children

By Gary Susman
Updated March 17, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Lisa Marie Presley: Nicolas Khayat/ABACA Press/NewsCom

For a couple days, it looked like celebrity rubberneckers might be treated to the sight of Lisa Marie Presley being hauled into court to testify against ex-husband Michael Jackson. After she told an Australian TV interviewer earlier this week that she witnessed things she ”couldn’t do anything about” during her 1994-1996 marriage to Jackson, it was rumored that she might be called before a Santa Barbara grand jury investigating the child molestation charges against him to testify as to what she saw. But Presley issued a statement on Wednesday clarifying her remarks, saying: ”I was in no way referring to seeing something inappropriate with children, as I have stated publicly before. I never have.”

Presley, who’s on a concert tour of Australia, appeared on the Aussie talk show ”Enough Rope” on Monday, seemingly offering enough rope to hang her ex-husband, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. She echoed comments she’d made in other interviews last year, saying she felt powerless and manipulated during the marriage, which was marked by such PR stunts as her 1994 MTV Video Music Awards kiss with her new husband. ”I was part of a machine, and seeing things going on that I couldn’t do anything about,” she said. ”And don’t ask me what sort of things, because I’m not going to answer. But just stuff.” By Wednesday, she said, a Jackson-crazed media had taken those comments out of context and distorted them. Explaining her earlier remarks, she said: ”In saying I saw things, I was specifically referring to things in that relationship with us that went on between us at the time as husband and wife.” What those things were, she still would not say. ”Just stuff,” we suppose.