Michael Jackson will not take the stand
Michael Jackson will not take the stand -- On a day of celebrity testimony, the singer's defense attorneys announce they will rely solely on his videotaped statements
The King of Pop will not take the stand in his own defense in his child molestation trial, according to the Associated Press. At the end of a day that included testimony from both Rush Hour star Chris Tucker and Tonight Show host Jay Leno (both of whom testified about their interaction with the accuser and his family), lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. announced that there would be no further celebrity witnesses to hear from. Further, Tucker would be the defense’s final witness altogether.
Jackson did speak on his own behalf, by way of nearly three hours of videotaped interviews that were shown to the jury. ”I haven’t been betrayed or deceived by children,” he said at one point during the interviews. ”Adults have let me down.”
Jackson, 46, is charged with molesting a boy in February or March 2003, when the youth was 13. He is also charged with giving the teenager alcohol and conspiring to hold his family captive. Jackson has pleaded not guilty on all charges
After Tucker finishes his testimony Wednesday, there is expected to be one-day-long rebuttals from the prosecution and defense. Closing arguments will begin next week.