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The Michael Jackson Trial

Former guard: Jackson, boy had sexual contact

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SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- A former security guard and a maid at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch testified Thursday they witnessed sexual contact between him and a young boy who received a multimillion-dollar settlement from the pop star in 1994.

The testimony from the former guard, Ralph Chacon, was the most salacious so far in Jackson's child molestation trial.

Chacon said he saw Jackson performing oral sex on the boy, who was 9 or 10 at the time, while the two of them were naked in a room outside of a shower.

Chacon's testimony brought audible gasps from Jackson supporters in the courtroom and marked the first time jurors heard allegations of sexual contact that went beyond fondling or masturbation.

Jackson shook his head slowly and almost imperceptibly from side to side. His mother, Katherine, left the courtroom before Chacon testified, returning after he was done.

The next witness, Adrianne McManus, Jackson's former maid, said she saw him kiss the same boy on the mouth and put a hand on his crotch, over his pants, in Jackson's bedroom.

She said she also saw Jackson put his hands on the leg and buttocks of child movie star Macaulay Culkin in the library at Neverland while kissing him on the cheek.

The defense tried to counter the testimony of Chacon and McManus by painting them as disgruntled former employees who lost a $16 million wrongful termination lawsuit they and three other Neverland employees filed in 1995.

The suit, financed in part by selling information about Jackson to tabloid newspapers, backfired when he countersued and the jury found in his favor, leaving the employees liable for nearly $1.5 million in legal costs.

The jury also found Chacon and McManus had engaged in fraud and malice toward Jackson.

Chacon was ordered to pay $25,000 in damages, after which he said he declared bankruptcy, and McManus was ordered to pay $35,000, leading to garnishment of her wages, according to their testimony.

Chacon denied he was trying to get back at Jackson, insisting he was telling the truth.

Prosecution strategy

The testimony by Chacon and McManus was part of an effort by the prosecution to use past allegations against Jackson to try to prove he had a pattern of grooming boys for sexual abuse.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville is allowing prosecutors to call witnesses relating to Jackson's alleged conduct with five young boys, including his accuser in the 1994 civil case.

The accuser, now a young man, has declined to testify in the criminal case because he is wary of becoming part of the media spectacle, his uncle told CNN. Jackson did not admit guilt in agreeing to the settlement and was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Melville earlier ruled jurors could be told about settlements Jackson has reached with previous accusers, but they cannot be told the amounts. Court TV has reported the 1994 settlement was for about $20 million.

Chacon and McManus told jurors that after the boy's family extracted the settlement, Jackson brought in a new crew of armed bodyguards -- dubbed the Office of Special Services -- who threatened and intimidated other employees at the ranch.

McManus said Jackson gave her $300 after reading a deposition she gave in the boy's lawsuit in which she said she lied and denied that anything had happened. The money came with a note saying, "Thanks for everything," she said.

Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. tried to use McManus' admission that she lied in the deposition to attack her truthfulness.

He noted that the jury in the wrongful-termination suit also didn't believe her, and that she and her husband were found by a judge to have "willfully defrauded" two children by stealing more than $30,000 held in a trust for them.

She also admitted she gave a sketch Jackson made of Elvis Presley to a tabloid reporter, who later sold it. She said she found the drawing in a garbage can and assumed it had been thrown away.

Jackson at one time was married to Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.

Of the five boys the prosecution says were singled out by Jackson, McManus said she personally saw four of them, including Culkin, spend the night in Jackson's bedroom at different times.

In each case, she said she found only one of the two beds in the suite had been slept in.

She said Culkin was a frequent visitor to Neverland in the early 1990s, calling him difficult to deal with and "destructive."

"He was very, very wild," McManus said, describing one incident in which Culkin dumped a bowl of popcorn on Jackson's head. "He was a lot of work."

Culkin, now 24, has denied anything of a sexual nature happened between him and Jackson. His publicist has said that neither the prosecution nor the defense has called him as a witness.

Jackson, dressed in a black suit with a gold armband, attended court Thursday with his mother and his brother Tito.

Asked on his way out of the courthouse if he was embarrassed his mother had to hear such explicit testimony, he said, "I love my mother."

He waved to a crowd of supporters chanting "Michael's innocent" before getting into a black SUV.

Former guard offers details

In his testimony, Chacon said the interlude he described involving the boy whose family settled with Jackson took place at the ranch around midnight in late 1992 or early 1993.

Chacon said he saw them laughing and playing in a whirlpool spa before heading to a restroom with a shower.

About 30 or 40 minutes later, Chacon said, he was walking by when he heard Jackson and the boy together in the shower.

He said he first walked away, then returned to investigate because he thought to himself, "Hey, what's going on here? There's a grown man in the shower with a boy."

"It wasn't right," he said.

Looking through a window, Chacon said he saw Jackson and the boy standing naked in a well-lit room outside the shower.

Jackson began caressing the boy and kissing him on the hair, then the lips, then his genital area, before performing oral sex, Chacon said.

Chacon said he left the area and returned a short time later to see Jackson outside giving the boy a piggyback ride. Both wore only towels, Chacon said.

On another occasion, Chacon said he saw Jackson passionately kissing the same boy in front of a display of Peter Pan dolls, and then "Jackson's hands went down to the boy's crotch area."

He said he told no one about what he had seen until subpoenaed to testify in the boy's civil suit, because "who would believe me?"

Testifying about the same boy, McManus said she saw Jackson kiss him on the cheek and mouth and put his hand on the boy's crotch, on top of his clothes, while the two of them were changing shirts in Jackson's bedroom.

She said she was in a loft on the second floor of Jackson's bedroom suite when she witnessed the incident below.

She described herself as "shocked." She said she "stayed quiet" until Jackson and the boy left so they would not know she was there.

Jackson, 46, was indicted last April by a state grand jury on 10 felony counts for incidents that allegedly occurred in February and March 2003 with a 13-year-old boy.

The charges include four counts of committing a lewd act on a child; one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion; one count of attempting to commit a lewd act on a child; and four counts of administering an intoxicating agent to assist in the commission of a felony.

The lewd act charges in the indictment stem from allegations that Jackson masturbated the boy -- now 15 -- but do not involve oral sex.

Jackson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

CNN's Miguel Marquez and Dree De Clamecy contributed to this report.


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