Meanwhile, the "Trial of the Century" kicked off today. In opening arguements, Prosecutor Tom Sneddon traces all the events back to Martin Bashir's documentary "Living With Michael Jackson", which he claimed the King of Pop planned on using to reinvent his fledgling career. The plan backfired horribly, causing the Jackson camp to scramble to do damage control to fix the "trainwreck", by allegedly holding the family captive and forcing them to appear in a rebuttal video to the Bashir documentary. It is during this grand conspiracy, he alledges, that Jacko, 46, jacko'd off the accuser, now 15, and then encouraged the young boy to jacko off on his own. While some people might consider teaching a 13 year old boy how to masturbate properly a public service, the State of California considers it child molestation.
Sneddon also saught to destroy the image Jackson created of Neverland Ranch - a "sweet" place for children, filled with music, and milk and cookies. Instead, he claimed Jackson would surf X-rated websites, show him magazines like Barely Legal Hardcore, and substitute milk and cookies with wine, vodka, and bourbon. But c'mon... what 13 year old doesn't want porn and booze? That's all I thought about when I was 13. That actually does sound pretty sweet... except for the whole Michael Jackson touching my penis part.
What the prosecution failed to explain is why a pedophile seducing a little boy would read Barely Legal Hardcore with him. I mean, why would he show him a porno with a bunch of chicks in it? Wouldn't that just confuse the kid? I've read alot of Barely Legal, and never once have I said afterwards, "I wonder what it'd be like if some gaunt, no longer relevant freakshow of a pop star gave me a handjob?" That's more like something I'd say after reading Entertainment Weekly.
Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. focused on attacking the credibility of the accuser's family. Meseraeu says that the accuser's mother has a long history of trying to scam celebrities, like Jay Leno and George Lopez, out of money and filing false sexual assault lawsuits, including one against JC Penney.
Back in Chicago, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson (no relation) said the absence of black jurors "casts a cloud of reasonable doubt on the fundamental promise and purpose of the courts: to provide a fair trial by a jury of one's peers." I guess Jesse forgot the fact that Michael Jackson is now a weird white guy who lives in Santa Barbara.
Quote of the Day:
It was during the brothers's first Neverland stay that Jackson and aide Frank Cascio showed the boys pornographic web sites on a laptop computer in Jackson's bedroom. As they looked at photos of topless women, Jackson remarked "Got Milk?" at one point, Sneddon said. The singer even directed a lurid comment at his three-year-old son, who was on the bed, apparently sleeping. "Prince," he said to the boy, "you're missing a lot of pussy."Sources: E! Online, The Smoking Gun