Michael Jackson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors have played jurors a video in which relatives of Michael Jackson's accuser heap praise on the singer and call him a father figure.

Jackson watched from the defense table, dabbing at his eyes with a handkerchief.

The accuser's mother says in the video that her son was the one who asked Jackson if he could call him "daddy." The boy's brother is heard to say the pop star is "more fatherly" than his biological father.

Throughout, the family uses words like "nice," "humble" and "funny" to describe Jackson.

Prosecutors say Jackson's associates coerced the family into making the video by holding them captive. It was made two weeks after a TV documentary aired that discussed Jackson's habit of letting children share his bed.

Defense lawyers contend the video proves the family is after Jackson's money, and that they only accused him of wrongdoing when he stopped giving them gifts.


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