Guard Testifies He Saw Jackson Sex Acts
A former Neverland ranch security guard testified today (April 7) that in the early 1990s he saw Michael Jackson perform oral sex on a boy who later received a financial settlement from the pop star.A former Neverland ranch security guard testified today (April 7) that in the early 1990s he saw Michael Jackson perform oral sex on a boy who later received a financial settlement from the pop star.
Ralph Chacon was called by prosecutors in Jackson's child molestation trial in a continuing effort to show the singer had a pattern of molesting or inappropriately touching boys, which would support the current accuser's claims.
Chacon said he was making his rounds at Jackson's estate on an overnight shift in late 1992 or early 1993 when he saw Jackson and the boy in a whirlpool bath. He said he later saw them take a shower together, then leave the shower and stand naked across from each other.
Chacon said Jackson caressed the boy's hair, kissed him on the mouth and elsewhere and engaged in oral sex. The former guard testified that at that point he left.
Chacon said that several weeks or a month later he saw Jackson kiss the boy. He said that the kiss was "passionate" and that Jackson then put his hands near the boy's crotch.
On cross-examination, Chacon's credibility came under scathing attack. Jackson defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. quickly established that Chacon had sued Jackson, claiming he was improperly fired, and that Jackson had countersued, accusing Chacon of stealing from him.
The witness acknowledged he was ordered to pay $25,000 for allegedly stealing Jackson's property, which Chacon said was only a candy bar. He also acknowledged that he and others were ordered to pay more than $1 million in legal expenses to Jackson but that he had not paid anything because he had filed for bankruptcy.
The boy Chacon referred to received a multimillion-dollar settlement from Jackson in 1994 and refused to cooperate in a police investigation. No charges were filed against Jackson in that case.
Jackson, 46, is on trial on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003. The judge ruled that prosecutors may present evidence of alleged past improprieties involving five boys.
The guard testified after a one-day break in the trial that allowed Jackson to attend the Los Angeles funeral of defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., who represented the singer in the 1994 settlement.
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