Santa Maria, California: Michael Jackson has arrived at a California courtroom for opening statements in his child molestation trial at the start of what promises to be a long and bitter court fight that could end in prison for one of the world’s best-known entertainers.
Wearing a dark suit with a red armband, Jackson pulled up on Monday to a rain-soaked Santa Maria, California, court in his black sports utility vehicle. He waved to a handful of supporters from beneath an umbrella held by a member of his entourage.
Prosecutors are expected to contend that Jackson is a serial abuser of young boys, while defence [sic] lawyers will tell jurors that the 46-year-old pop star was framed by the money-hungry mother of his young accuser.
The trial will offer a rare glimpse into Jackson’s bizarre and often controversial lifestyle and his lawyers have promised to call as witnesses some of the most famous people in America – including basketball star Kobe Bryant, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and actress Elizabeth Taylor.