Father of Jackson’s Accuser Seeks Access
The father of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of sex abuse has asked a court to grant him access to the youngster.
Banned from seeing his two sons and daughter after pleading no contest to child cruelty in 2002, the boy's father is seeking access having become concerned about his son's health.
The teenage cancer survivor is reported to be gravely ill, having lost a kidney. In November, the man who introduced the boy to Jackson, Jamie Masada, said of the teenager: "He has one kidney, and it's failing on him". More recently, Masada said the boy's health had since improved.
The boy's father said in papers lodged with the Los Angeles Superior Court: "My son may have been a victim of a crime, that being child molestation, and I would like to be able to see my son to give him love and support". He said he wanted to see the boy immediately to "confirm or refute these horrible reports regarding my son's health".
Meanwhile, The Mirror newspaper reports that R Kelly has been banned by a judge from meeting Jackson at an upcoming awards bash. The order comes after Kelly's arrest for child pornography last year when a video allegedly showed him having sex with an underage girl was found.
Kelly, who wrote Jackson's number one hit 'You Are Not Alone', was ordered to keep clear of the beleaguered singer if both attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month.
But the ban came as quite a surprise to some involved in the case. Kelly's lawyer Edward Genson said: "What's the difference if someone makes an order not to see someone he didn't want to see in the first place?".