On Wednesday, jurors in the Michael Jackson trial heard from the psychologist who triggered the criminal investigation against the singer. Dr. Stan Katz, who met with the accuser and his family several times in mid-2003 and told them they should report the molestation allegations to authorities, did not detail what the boy and his family told him; an earlier ruling by Judge Rodney Melville prevented him from testifying as to whether he thought the boy and his family were believable or whether he thought the events they described to him actually happened. But Katz did say that kids over age 5 seldom make false sexual abuse claims, CNN reports. He also said it was ”extremely rare” for a pre-adolescent boy (like the accuser, then 13) to falsely claim molestation because boys that age are ”hyper-sensitive” about their sexual orientation.
Also testifying was William Dickerman, the attorney the family hired after they left Neverland. He said the family initially asked him to enjoin the networks to stop airing clips from the Martin Bashir documentary that included images of the boy, and to petition Jackson and his associates to stop what the family called a campaign of harassment and intimidation. However, he testified under cross-examination, he never mentioned allegations that Jackson molested the boy, served him alcohol, or held his family against their will — claims at the heart of the crimes Jackson is charged with — in letters to Jackson’s attorney, and he never reported any such claims to police. Dickerman also acknowledged an arrangement with lawyer Larry Feldman to split any fees generated by a possible lawsuit against Jackson. Dickerman had referred the family to Feldman, the lawyer who had negotiated an eight-figure settlement for Jackson’s 1993 accuser, and Feldman, in turn, referred them to Katz. (Jackson, who was not charged with a crime in the 1993 matter, denied any wrongdoing, just as he has in the current case.) Still, Dickerman said, the family never directed him to ask Jackson for money.
Continuing her testimony from Tuesday was flight attendant Cynthia Ann Bell. Refuting testimony from another flight attendant who had served Jackson and the boy on a charter flight from Miami, Bell said it was her own idea to serve Jackson wine in a Diet Coke can, that she did not see the singer share alcohol with the boy, and that the boy was unruly on the flight, throwing a book bag at her and flinging mashed potatoes at another passenger. She said the accuser showed off an expensive watch, saying, ”Michael bought this watch for me and he’ll buy me anything.” She said she saw Jackson touch the boy but not inappropriately. ”I wouldn’t say ‘cuddle,”’ Bell said, adding that the pop star ”had his arm around the boy, listening to music at times.”