Michael Jackson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The judge in the Michael Jackson trial has ruled that the mother of the pop star's children can testify against him.

Prosecutors want Debbie Rowe to talk about a videotape she made praising Jackson. They say the taping was about the same time the family of Jackson's young accuser made a similar video.

Rowe is the mother of Jackson children Paris and Prince Michael.

Prosecutors say that in the making of both videos, children were used as "pawns" to get their mothers to speak in Jackson's favor. They say Rowe was offered visitation rights with her children in return for her appearance.

A Jackson defense attorney dismissed charges that the videos were scripted, calling such an idea "preposterous."

Prosecutors plan to wrap up their case against Jackson this week, the ninth week of testimony.

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