A former security guard at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch told a lurid and graphic story Thursday about seeing the singer sexually abusing a child in the early 1990s, but was attacked by Jackson’s lawyer as making the whole thing up “to get even.”
Ralph Chacon was called to the stand in Jackson’s child molestation trial as part of a prosecution attempt to show that the singer has a pattern of molesting or inappropriately touching young boys.
But attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. accused Chacon of having tried to “extort” $16 million from Jackson in a lawsuit and lengthy trial that the guard lost, forcing him into bankruptcy.
“After a six-month trial, this is a good way to get even with him, isn’t it?” said Mesereau, drawing a strong objection from the prosecution.
“Do you have any motive to get even with Mr. Jackson?” asked Mesereau.
“No, sir,” Chacon replied.
In questioning by District Attorney Tom Sneddon, the former guard told of looking through a window one night at Jackson’s pool house in late 1992 or early 1993 and seeing him perform oral copulation on a 10-year-old boy.
Chacon said he saw Jackson engage in activities he described as “passionate” after the singer and the boy took a dip in an outdoor Jacuzzi and showered. He said he saw Jackson kiss the boy’s head and shoulders and then move on to more sexual activity.