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Bid to show Jackson photo to jury denied

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The judge in the Michael Jackson molestation trial kept a graphic piece of evidence out of the sight of jurors when he barred prosecutors yesterday from showing photographs of the pop star's genitalia.

The judge ruled, however, that prosecutors can play a videotape of the accuser's original police interview in 2003 in a bid to show that the boy's story has been consistent. Defense lawyers said that if the prosecution shows the tape, the defense would want to call the boy back for questioning. They also may call the boy's mother.

The attempt to admit the genitalia photographs stems from a 1993 molestation investigation of Jackson. When prosecutors were trying to gather evidence against the singer, they served a subpoena at his home that allowed them to photograph his genitalia.

They then had the accuser draw a picture of what he thought the genitalia looked like. Prosecutors claimed the picture contained a blemish that was unique to Jackson's anatomy.

The defense wrapped up its case Wednesday, and the trial is now in the rebuttal phase.

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