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Teen told dean Jackson 'didn't do anything'

Boy was said to be disruptive in class

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him acknowledged under cross-examination yesterday that he told an administrator at his school that the pop star ''didn't do anything to me."

The teenager was asked about conversations he had with Jeffrey Alpert, the dean at John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, where the boy had a history of acting up in class.

''I told Dean Alpert he didn't do anything to me," the boy said under questioning by Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. ''I told him twice."

Prosecutors allege Jackson, 46, plied the boy with alcohol and molested him at his Neverland Ranch in 2003.

The pop star, who was threatened with arrest when he failed to show up in court on time Thursday, arrived on schedule yesterday. Unlike last time, when a disheveled Jackson finally arrived in a coat, T-shirt, and pajama bottoms, he wore a red jacket with a black armband and black slacks. His parents escorted him inside.

Mesereau, during his cross-examination of the boy, quoted Alpert as telling the youngster: ''Look at me, look at me . . . I can't help you unless you tell me the truth. Did any of this happen?"

When asked when the conversation occurred, the boy said, ''I believe it was after I came back from Neverland."

It was not clear in court why the dean asked the boy about Jackson. But Mesereau confronted the teenager with school records that showed that nine teachers had complained about the boy's disruptive behavior, events the boy acknowledged.

Of one teacher, he said, ''I felt as if he didn't deserve respect as a teacher. I didn't respect him as a person." On the witness stand he criticized the teaching methods of virtually every teacher mentioned.

''When I would stand up to teachers, the other students would congratulate me," he said. He added: ''I was argumentative at times. I didn't like the way they taught me. I wasn't learning anything."

Mesereau also cross-examined the accuser about similarities between a statement he testified Jackson made about masturbation and an earlier statement the boy attributed to his grandmother.

Mesereau attempted to attack the heart of the conspiracy case by showing the ''rebuttal video," stopping it at points where the boy speaks and asking whether he was telling the truth. In most instances the boy said he was.

The boy said he, his mother, and brother did not discuss any plan to lie in the video, although he contended at times that his mother said things suggested to her by Jackson associate Dieter Wiesner.

Mesereau also elicited testimony to amplify defense contentions that the boy developed a grudge against Jackson and was troublesome at Neverland.

The boy acknowledged that he felt Jackson abandoned him after his cancer went into remission. He said a sport utility vehicle and a computer given to the family were taken back by Jackson's staff for repairs and never returned.

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