Will Jacko's 1993 accuser have to testify? The accuser, who has kept silent under the terms of his settlement with the singer, may have to testify in a closed-door session

By Gary Susman
March 22, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

He’s kept silent since 1993, but the boy who accused Michael Jackson then of molesting him may be compelled to testify in the current molestation case against the singer. According to the Santa Barbara News-Press, local prosecutors may subpoena the now-adult accuser, who has kept mum since he and Jackson reached an out-of-court settlement that reportedly paid the boy tens of millions of dollars. At the time, he refused to help prosecutors press a criminal case against Jackson, and no charges were filed against the singer, who insisted, then as now, that he had done nothing wrong. Now, however, prosecutors are considering ordering the 1993 accuser to testify before a grand jury in order to suggest a pattern of behavior, the News-Press reports. Jurors will be selected next week, the paper reports.