Accuser's Mother Said To Praise Jackson
An attorney who represented the mother of Michael Jackson's sexual abuse accuser said the family never indicated to him that Jackson had sexually abused the boy.An attorney who represented the mother of Michael Jackson's sexual abuse accuser said the family never indicated to him that Jackson had sexually abused the boy.
Attorney Michael Manning, who represented the woman in her divorce from the child's father, said he remembers her saying positive things about Jackson as recently as April or May. "'He was really good to us' -- that's what she said at the time," Manning said. Asked if she had said anything else about Jackson, Manning added, "Nothing bad. ... If it turned sour, I don't know how."
The mother filed for divorce in 2001 and has custody of the children. Manning said she and the alleged victim rarely mentioned their visits to Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. "They didn't brag about it," he said. "They weren't star crazy."
Manning said he still represents the mother in the divorce, although he hasn't spoken to her since May or June.
Jackson's spokesperson Stuart Backerman declined to comment, as did representatives of the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office and the sheriff's department. If found guilty, Jackson could face between three to eight years in prison on each charge. After posting $3 million bail last week, he is due back in court on Jan. 9.
Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.