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Michael Jackson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michael Jackson's defense today resumes cross-examining the mother of the singer's accuser.

In her three days on the stand, the woman has sobbed, begged jurors not to judge her, aimed verbal barbs at Jackson's attorney and defied the judge's requests to be brief. Her response: "I've waited two years for this!"

Her testimony is vital to proving Jackson held the family prisoner. Once, the family left Jackson's ranch at midnight, driven home by his house manager. On a recorded phone call soon afterward, a Jackson aide repeatedly warns her the family is in danger and should return immediately.

The mother says her signature was forged on documents authorizing Jackson aides to act for her. She also testified a pro-Jackson video her family made was completely scripted by Jackson aides.


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