7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Jackson likely to testify

SANTA MARIA, California: Michael Jackson will likely take the witness stand at his ongoing child sex trial, a lawyer for the pop icon's parents said yesterday. Debra Opri told Fox News that Jackson's lead defence attorney, Thomas Mesereau, was known for allowing his clients to testify in their own defence.

"Look for it here," Opri told the cable news network. "I really think Michael Jackson will take this opportunity, this case, this place, to rehabilitate his reputation," said Opri, who has been advising Jackson's parents, Joseph and Katherine, during their son's trial. The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case against Jackson later this week.

Meanwhile, Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of his two elder children, Debbie Rowe, was expected to offer potentially explosive testimony at the trial. Rowe, who is currently involved in a bitter dispute with Jackson over child visitation rights, has until now remained tight-lipped about her three-year marriage to the pop icon which ended in 1999.

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