Michael Jackson's attorneys put on a star-studded show Tuesday by calling Jay Leno and comic actor Chris Tucker to the stand, then told the court that the "Rush Hour" star will be their last witness. That indicates Jackson will not testify.
Jackson refused to comment on his way out of the courthouse whether he made the final decision not to take the stand.
He smiled and said he couldn't comment.
Tucker remained on the stand at the end of the day and was scheduled to undergo final questioning on Wednesday.
At the prompting of Judge Rodney S. Melville, lead defence attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. said, "This is the last witness."
The chances of the pop star testifying in his own defence against child molestation charges had been remote from the outset but were fuelled by Mesereau's comment in opening statements to the jury that they would hear from Jackson on certain issues.
But the jury did hear a great deal from Jackson during a nearly three-hour video interview which was played earlier this month and became virtual testimony.
In the tape, he said of children: "I haven't been betrayed or deceived by children. Adults have let me down."
Tucker, sidekick to Jackie Chan in the "Rush Hour" movies, testified that he met Jackson's accuser at a benefit. The boy's father introduced himself at the Laugh Factory club in Hollywood and asked him to take part.
Tucker said that a few days after the benefit the boy told him it hadn't made any money, so he wired "probably 1,500 (US) dollars or more" to a foundation for the family.
He was expected to finish testifying about his dealings with the family on Wednesday, allowing the prosecution to begin a rebuttal case project to last into Thursday.
46 year-old Jackson is accused of molesting the boy in February or March 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold his family captive to get them to rebut a documentary.
In the programme, the boy appeared with Jackson as he said he let children into his bed for non-sexual sleepovers.