Jackson trial: Witness quizzed on tabloid deals

Michael Jackson’s former maid testified today at the singer’s child molestation trial that she and other employees of the pop star used a ”media broker” to sell stories to tabloids including one claiming inside knowledge of Jackson’s sex life with ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

Michael Jackson’s former maid testified today at the singer’s child molestation trial that she and other employees of the pop star used a ”media broker” to sell stories to tabloids including one claiming inside knowledge of Jackson’s sex life with ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

Adrian McManus, who earlier testified for the prosecution that she saw Jackson in compromising positions with young boys, insisted under cross-examination that she was not out to get Jackson’s money even when she and four other Neverland employees sued him for millions.

“I wanted justice,” she said of the suit, which backfired and resulted in a large judgment against the plaintiffs.

“But your idea of justice was millions of bucks?” asked Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr.

“That’s not what I call justice,” she told the court in Santa Maria . ”Honestly, a simple ’sorry for what we did to you’ would have been enough for me.”

But Mesereau noted that McManus and the others spent many months and large amounts of money pursuing their suit against Jackson, and he elicited from her the fact that they went to tabloids to fund their lawsuit.

Jackson is on trial for charges of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in February or March of 2003.

The testimony by some former Neverland employees deals with alleged improprieties by Jackson with young boys prior to the current allegations. It was allowed in an effort to show a pattern of abuse, although Jackson was never criminally charged in the past.

McManus acknowledged that she signed agreements with the Star and the Splash media and picture agency to sell purported secrets about Jackson’s life with Presley.

Jackson married Presley in May 1994. Presley filed for divorce in January 1996, saying they had formally separated the previous month. McManus was a Neverland maid from 1990 to 1994.

“Do you recall trying to sell what you called Mr Jackson’s sex secrets?” Mesereau asked McManus.

“Something like that,” she said.

She identified in court the contract with Star.

“And you were quoted in a Star story with the headline, ’Kinky secrets of Michael and Lisa Marie’s bedroom,”’ Mesereau said.

“I didn’t say that,” the witness insisted, adding, “A lot of times with those tabloids they say other stuff.”

But she acknowledged that during the time she was at Neverland she saw Presley visit and that through a media broker she offered the tabloids information on the relationship.

“And in that contract you agreed to provide information on Mr Jackson’s relationship with Lisa Marie Presley?” Mesereau asked.

“Yes,” she said, and also confirmed that a security guard, Ralph Chacon, also signed the contract.

Chacon, who was also part of the failed lawsuit against Jackson, claimed in his testimony on Thursday that he witness the singer perform a sex act on a boy in the early 1990s.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen asked McManus if she in fact had any information about kinky sex secrets of Jackson and Presley.

“No,” the witness said.

“Did you see her at the ranch?” asked Zonen.

“Yes,” she said.

“And did you see her stay in Mr Jackson’s room?” Zonen asked.

“No,” said McManus.

“Did you ever see any woman stay with Mr Jackson in his room in the four years you worked at Neverland?” asked Zonen.

“No, I did not,” she said.

During her tenure at Neverland, McManus was responsible for cleaning up Jackson’s room, and in an unexplained detour the prosecutor asked if she ever had to clean up after the singer’s pet monkey. McManus said she did and also had to clean the monkey’s diapers.

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