SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) – The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him acknowledged under cross-examination Monday that he told an administrator at his school the pop star “didn’t do anything to me.”

The teenager was asked about conversations he had with Jeffrey Alpert, the dean at John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, where the boy had a history of acting up in class.

“I told Dean Alpert he didn’t do anything to me,” the boy said under questioning by Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. “I told him twice.”

Prosecutors allege Jackson, 46, plied the boy, a cancer survivor, with alcohol and molested him at his Neverland Ranch in 2003.

The pop star, who was threatened with arrest when he failed to show up in court on time Thursday, arrived on schedule Monday. Unlike last time, when a disheveled Jackson finally arrived in a coat, T-shirt and pajama bottoms, he wore a smart red jacket with a black armband and black slacks. His parents escorted him inside.

Mesereau, during his cross-examination of the boy, quoted Alpert as telling the youngster: “Look at me, look at me. … I can’t help you unless you tell me the truth – did any of this happen?”

When asked when the conversation occurred, the boy said: “I believe it was after I came back from Neverland.”

It was not clear in court why the dean asked the boy about Jackson. However, when a television documentary on Jackson aired in 2003, the boy was shown in it.

Mesereau confronted the teenager with school records that showed nine teachers had complained about the boy’s disruptive behavior, events the boy acknowledged.

Of one teacher, he said, “I felt as if he didn’t deserve respect as a teacher. I didn’t respect him as a person.”

He complained on the witness stand about the teaching methods of virtually every teacher mentioned.

“When I would stand up to teachers the other students would congratulate me,” he said. He added: “I was argumentative at times. I didn’t like the way they taught me. I wasn’t learning anything.”

Later in the day, Los Angeles attorney Thomas Flicker Forsyth said in an interview he was representing a potential witness who “was part of the school administration at the time he had contact with the victim.”

He said his client met with prosecution and defense attorneys Saturday, and that he believed his client would be called as a witness.

Mesereau attempted to attack the heart of the conspiracy case by showing the so-called “rebuttal video,” stopping it at points where the boy speaks and asking if he was telling the truth. In most instances the boy said he was.

The boy said he, his mother and brother did not discuss any plan to lie in the video, although he said at times his mother said things suggested to her by Jackson associate Dieter Wiesner.

Prosecutors allege that Jackson’s associates had the boy’s family make the video after the broadcast of the documentary, in which Jackson said he allowed the boy to sleep in his bed while he slept on the floor. The prosecution claims the rebuttal video was staged and scripted.

Mesereau also elicited testimony to amplify defense contentions the boy developed a grudge against Jackson and was troublesome at Neverland.

The boy acknowledged he felt Jackson abandoned him after his cancer went into remission. He said an SUV given to the family was taken back by Jackson’s staff for repairs and was never returned. Similarly, he said a computer was taken back for repairs and never returned.

Mesereau also cross-examined the accuser about similarities between a statement he testified Jackson made about masturbation and an earlier statement the boy attributed to his grandmother.

On Thursday, the boy testified Thursday that Jackson told him if men do not masturbate, they might rape women. Mesereau noted the boy told sheriff’s investigators in an interview that his grandmother had told him the same thing.

“Why did your story change between that interview and your testimony last Thursday?” Mesereau asked.

The boy denied changing his story. He said both his grandmother and Jackson had told him the same thing, but the context was different.

“She was telling me it was OK to do it, and Michael was saying you have to do it,” the boy said.


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