Singer arrives for third day of trial
Dateline: Santa Maria, 2 March 2005
Date: 03/02/2005 10:56 PM
1. Black Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) arrives
2. Michael Jackson and entourage get out of SUV, AUDIO (fan screaming off camera): "Justice for Michael."
3. Jackson and entourage walk to courthouse, turns and waves to fans, AUDIO (fan screaming off camera): "Fight Michael fight."
4. Jackson goes through metal detector, guard searches Jackson with metal detecting device, Jackson walks into courtroom (continuous shot)
5. Witness Ann Gabriel Kite arrives, walks through metal detectors
6. Michael Jackson''s defence lawyers Thomas Mesereau Jr. and Susan Yu outside speaking
7. District Attorney Thomas Sneddon walks through metal detectors and into courtroom
8. Aerial of media lined up in parking lot under white tents to protect them from rain
JACKO TO TAKE THE STAND?
Michael Jackson''s defence team may be adding another star witness to their list: Michael Jackson.
As the 46-year-old pop star arrived for the third day of his trial for child molestation, jurors are still wondering if Jackson will take the stand.
In his opening statements Tuesday, defence attorney Thomas Mesereau made several implications regarding a testimony from Jackson.
Mesereau told jurors "Michael will tell you one time he got a very bad feeling at Neverland" minutes before the prosecution showed the documentary "Living with Jackson."
In the documentary, the singer is shown holding hands with the accuser and explaining that there is nothing sexual about occasionally sharing his bedroom with children.
The film was made by British journalist Martin Bashir, who took the stand yesterday for the prosecution.
The prosecution also called on witness Ann Gabriel Kite, who claims to have been hired by a former Jackson lawyer to help rebuild the pop star''s image after the documentary aired.
Although the star is not officially on the defence''s list of witness, a Jackson spokeswoman said the possibility has been spoken about.
Jackson would be exposed to cross examination by the prosecution if he did take the stand.
The pop star is on trial for sexual abuse and kidnapping charges against the 15-year-old boy featured in Bashir''s documentary.