1. Michael Jackson defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. pacing back and forth, talking on mobile phone and checking his watch repeatedly
2. Black Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) speeding into courthouse driveway
3. Jackson, assisted by entourage, getting out of SUV and slowly walking to courthouse
4. Jackson walking through metal detectors and into courtroom
5. Jackson defence attorney Brian Oxman walking through metal detectors and into courtroom
6. Michael Jackson, assisted by entourage, walking out of courtroom past metal detectors
7. Michael Jackson and entourage leaving the court
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Brian Oxman, Attorney for Michael Jackson:
"Michael Jackson asked me to make a statement here - he tripped this morning and he fell early morning when he was getting dressed. His back is in terrible pain, he was in terrible discomfort during the entire trial proceedings, he is going to go home, recuperate, rest and relax and he will be back on Monday and he is looking forward to being here. He went to the emergency room this morning and he was given medications and so he will be back on Monday and we are all thank you so very much. You take care."
Michael Jackson left court on Thursday after a dramatic day in his trial.
Jackson went missing from his child molestation trial on Thursday and was nearly jailed before he finally showed up more than an hour late, in his pyjama bottoms and slippers, to listen to his accuser''s second day of testimony.
The judge apparently did not punish Jackson for his lateness, which his lawyer blamed on a serious back problem that required treatment at a hospital.
Jackson''s late arrival occurred before his 15-year-old accuser testified about drinking liquor with the pop singer and looking at sex magazines with him. He also said he once saw Jackson walk in to the room naked.
The jury heard only brief remarks from Judge Rodney S. Melville about the drama that unfolded at the start of the day, when defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. announced Jackson''s back problem.
Jackson''s late arrival marked yet another strange twist in case that has seen its share of unusual events in recent months.
When Jackson was arraigned in January 2004, the judge admonished him for arriving late and requesting a bathroom break. Last month, during the first week of jury selection, Jackson went to a hospital with flu symptoms, delaying the proceedings for a week.
"He tripped this morning and he fell early morning when he was getting dressed. His back is in terrible pain, he was in terrible discomfort during the entire trial proceedings" said Brian Oxman, from the Jackson''s defence team.
Prosecutors allege that Jackson, 46, molested the then-13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003, gave him alcohol and conspired to hold his family captive to get them to rebut a damaging TV documentary in which Jackson said he shared his bed with children.
On the stand, the accuser occasionally glanced across the courtroom at Jackson, who appeared wan.
The witness told the jury that at some point Jackson showed him sexually explicit magazines found in a briefcase belonging to an employee. He said Jackson made a statement deriding the employee for having the magazines, but that he and the pop star looked at them for 30 minutes to an hour.
The boy, who had one of his kidneys removed as part of the cancer treatment, also said that at various times in Jackson''s private quarters - his bedroom, office and a wine cellar - he was given drinks he described as vodka, rum, and "Jim Bean," apparently meaning Jim Beam bourbon.
The boy told the jury that he and his brother were once on Jackson''s bed at Neverland when the singer came in naked, but the account differed from earlier testimony by the brother.