A wan Michael Jackson, trembling and in seeming agony, arrived at about 8:35 am PT for his trial today, five minutes late, suspended limply between bodyguards and accompanied by a phyician in surgical scrubs, before being lowered gingerly into his chair in the courtroom. He then grabbed a handful of tissues and appeared to weep into them.
A doctor, Bert Weiner of Cottage Hospital in Santa Ynez, went into the judge’s chambers for a private conference and remained in the front row of the courtroom when testimony resumed 45 minutes late at 9:15. Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville gave no explanation for the delay to the jury and no confirmation was given on the exact nature of Jackson’s condition.
This time, unlike the pajama party of March 10, Jackson was fully dressed, though AP says his “hair was askew.”
After this mini-drama, the highlight of the day was testimony by Dr. Anthony Urquiza, a psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at UC Davis, who testified about “Child Sexual Assault Accommodation Syndrome.”
In testimony that would seem to at least partially mitigate some of the discrepancies in Jackson’s accuser’s story, Urquiza said, “The research supports that they are not likely to be consistent … Their orientation to time is different to that of adults.” The boy accusing Jackson gave differing dates about when the alleged abuse occurred to law enforcement.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen also asked, “Is it possible for a child to have a sincere love and affection for the person molesting them?”
“Certainly,” Urquiza answered.
When asked about why kids don’t disclose their abuse, Urquiza said it is fear of not being believed. “Lots of times, kids feel like they’re not going to be believed,” he testified.
Urquiza also said boys assaulted by men are more hesitant to report abuse because they may be afraid of being labeled homosexual, and noted that according to research he is famililiar with, only 2 to 6 percent of molestation allegations turn out to be false, which, on the other hand still leaves 2 to 6 percent false.
As Jackson left court Monday afternoon, he confirmed his back was the issue, saying he was “very much hurt” and on medication “by way of a doctor.”