If Santa Barbara County prosecutors have their way, Michael Jackson's child-molestation trial will include more celebrity appearances on the witness stand than just his own.
Prosecutors want to hear testimony from seven other people allegedly sexually linked to Jackson, in order to establish a pattern of behavior, according to ABC News. On their list is said to be a well-known child actor and an Australian who now works in Hollywood, most likely meaning Macaulay Culkin or Corey Feldman and pop choreographer Wade Robson.
Among the others prosecutors want to hear from are the man who as a 12-year-old was the center of a 1993 molestation case (see "Jackson Says $25M Settlement Is Not An Admission Of Guilt"), a friend of the Jackson family, a man who began a friendship with Jackson as a boy in the early 1990s by writing him a letter, another who met Jackson during the filming of a commercial, and the son of a former Jackson employee, most likely the one he paid $2 million to in a 1990 settlement (see "Michael Jackson Admits He Paid Off Accuser").
Culkin had kept mum about his relationship with Jackson once the singer faced criminal charges, but he broke his silence in May during an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," where he said his childhood sleepovers at Neverland had been innocent and that "nothing happened" (see "Jackson's Lawyers Say Bail Too High, Trial Date Too Soon").
Meanwhile, Feldman, who also talked to King, told CNN in November 2003 that while he shared a room with Jackson "a couple of times," they never shared a bed. "I've never seen him act in any inappropriate way to a child. Never with me."
Similarly, Robson, who met Jackson as a 5-year-old and slept over at Neverland Ranch, was interviewed by inspectors during the 1993 investigation against the singer, and most recently told Australian reporters in November 2003 that "nothing strange happened."
Though the accuser from the 1993 case, Jordan Chandler, has told prosecutors he does not want to testify, his mother is willing to testify about what allegedly happened to her son, according to ABC News. Chandler's 1993 sworn affidavit and his civil records have been subpoenaed.
According to a 1995 California law, previous offenses are allowed to be considered in sex-crimes cases, even if a criminal charge never resulted from the alleged actions (see "Jackson Prosecutors Seek To Introduce Evidence Of 'Prior Sexual Offenses' "). Jackson's defense team — which has said that all the allegations are false — is expected to argue that the testimony should not be allowed because it's prejudicial and could inflame the jury. His lawyers have requested that the arguments over the admission of this testimony be held in the judge's chambers at the next pretrial hearing on Wednesday.
Jury selection is set to begin January 31.
For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."