Accuser Thought Jackson was 'The Coolest'

ByABC News
January 13, 2005, 9:51 PM

Jan. 13, 2005 -- -- Before his alleged sexual encounters began, the boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation said he thought the pop star was "the coolest person in the world," according to grand jury testimony reviewed by ABC News' "Primetime Live."

A Santa Barbara County, Calif., grand jury consisting of 19 men and women heard testimony from 42 witnesses over 12 days. It totaled more than 1,900 pages.

Among the witnesses were the boy, his sister, mother and younger brother -- who described the family's first visit to Jackson's Neverland ranch in August 2000.

The younger brother also testified that during their first visit to Neverland, Jackson had asked the two boys to sleep in his bedroom, where Jackson's own two toddlers, Paris and Prince, were asleep in the bed.

The younger boy said that Frank Tyson, Jackson's personal assistant and confidant, helped Jackson get his computer online, and they browsed pornographic Web sites.

The younger boy said Jackson chose the Web sites. "There was one site where there was a female, she had her shirt up and Michael said, 'Got Milk?' and Prince and Paris were already asleep in the bed, and Michael leaned over to Prince and said, 'Prince, you're missing some p---y,' to Prince while he was sleeping," he continued.

Tyson's lawyer told ABC News: "The allegation that Frank Tyson ever showed a minor pornography is a lie."

The grand jury returned an indictment in April 2004 charging Jackson, 46, with child molestation and a conspiracy count alleging child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. Jackson has pleaded not guilty.

Jackson's lead defense attorney, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., released a statement objecting to the release of the grand jury testimony. The transcripts had been sealed by the judge and were not supposed to be made public, Mesereau said.

"The witnesses who testified before the grand jury were never subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense. By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be present in the grand jury room," he said. "Furthermore, the defense had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this one-sided proceeding."