Jackson accuser’s sister ‘never complained about mistreatment’

A FORMER Neverland chef’s assistant testified yesterday that the sister of Michael Jackson’s accuser talked to him after the family left the pop star’s estate and never complained of being treated badly or held against their will.

Angel Vivanco said he spent time with the sister after work about five or six times while the family was at the ranch in February and March 2003, the period in which prosecutors say Jackson molested the girl’s brother and conspired to hold the family captive.

Mr Vivanco said the sister continued to call him on the phone for about two weeks after they left but never said Jackson or anyone else had mistreated them.

Before Mr Vivanco took the stand for a second day, California Judge Rodney Melville reaffirmed his ruling that barred the defence from asking Mr Vivanco about several statements the sister allegedly made during their conversations, including a reference to her mother as “psycho mum”.

Defence lawyers had hoped to use Mr Vivanco’s testimony to try to show that the accuser’s family fabricated the allegations in an attempt to get money from Jackson.

They said in a motion last week that Mr Vivanco would testify that the girl told him her mother and her mother’s then-boyfriend were planning “something big” involving Jackson.

The “something big” statement was not among those barred but defence lawyer Robert Sanger opted not to ask about it before ending his questioning of Mr Vivanco.

Mr Vivanco testified that the accuser’s younger brother once demanded that he make him a milkshake with alcohol and had also held a kitchen knife to his throat. Mr Vivanco said the accuser once used a swear word while demanding food.

Prosecutors said in a motion last week that Mr Vivanco, an adult, had a “quasi-sexual” relationship with the then 16-year-old sister, making her “a victim of felonious sexual misconduct by a defence witness employed by the defendant”. The issue was not raised in testimony.

Jackson spokesperson Raymone Bain said the defence expects to call CNN’s Larry King to testify on Thursday. The defence is due to ask whether lawyer Larry Feldman once said the accuser’s mother made up the molestation story.

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