Comedian recounts frightened call from Jackson accuser's mother
A comedian who gave money to the family of Michael Jackson's accuser has described a tearful phone call from the boy's mother.
Testifying at Jackson's child molestation trial, comedian Louise Palanker said the phone call left her feeling the boy's family was being held against their will. Palanker also testified of trying to get in touch with the boy's mother after watching the TV documentary in which Jackson and his accuser held hands and Jackson acknowledged letting children sleep in his bed.
Prosecutors hope Palanker's testimony will support a charge that Jackson had members of the family held against their will to pressure them into making a rebuttal video praising Jackson.
Palanker also testified she gave the boy's family 20-thousand dollars after learning he had cancer.