Michael Jackson Maid Testifies

Former employee claims she saw pop star shower with boy

A woman who formerly worked as Michael Jackson's maid for five years testified yesterday in the pop star's child molestation trial that she once witnessed Jackson showering with an eight-year-old boy who shared his bed during frequent visits to his Neverland ranch estate.

"First I thought they were playing in bathtub or jacuzzi or outside in his garden, and I walked in and they were in the shower," she said, adding that both were completely undressed. She also recalled seeing Jackson and the child watching television together in his bed with the bed sheets pulled up and naked at least from the waist up.

The woman was called to the stand as part of the prosecution's attempt to demonstrate that Jackson, who is charged with molesting a thirteen-year-old in early 2003, has a history of inappropriate behavior with young boys. She also testified that she had seen then-child actor Macaulay Culkin share a bed with the pop star on repeated, unaccompanied visits. (Culkin has denied any implication that he was molested by Jackson.)

The woman's son, now 24, also took the stand, testifying about his 1994 molestation claim against Jackson, which resulted in a $2.4 million settlement. The defense tried to discredit the mother by revealing that she had sold her story to the National Enquirer in 1994 and to the television show Hard Copy for $20,000.

Jackson could face up to twenty or thirty years in prison if convicted.