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Jackson reveals courtroom 'hurt'
Michael Jackson at court with his father, Joe Jackson
Mr Jackson's father Joe has accompanied him to court
Michael Jackson was "hurt and embarrassed" by courtroom accusations that he sexually abused a teenage boy, the singer's publicist has said.

Raymone Bain described evidence given by Star Arvizo, the 14-year-old brother of the singer's accuser, as "scurrilous and salacious".

In two days of court testimony, Star Arvizo has said he twice saw Mr Jackson abuse his older brother Gavin.

Mr Jackson denies 10 charges of child abuse and false imprisonment.

He faces up to 21 years in jail if convicted. Defence lawyers are portraying the boy as unreliable and not to be trusted.

Insight

"The scurrilous and salacious accusations and details, all untrue, were hurtful and embarrassing to Mr Jackson," the publicist said in a statement outside court.

The BBC's Daniella Relph in Santa Maria, California, said the short statement offered an insight into how the pop star was coping with the trial.

The singer himself is barred from discussing the case in public.

The move by Mr Jackson's team came as Star Arvizo prepared for a third day in the witness box.

On Tuesday, Mr Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau attempted to discredit the teenager's story.

'Inconsistent'

Under cross-examination, the youth admitted lying under oath in a separate legal case his family brought against retailer JC Penney five years ago.

During that case, Star claimed his parents never fought and his father never hit him.

In court on Tuesday, he admitted that was a lie, but could not recall why he did not tell the truth.

Mr Mesereau proved a pornographic magazine Mr Jackson allegedly showed the brothers - displayed to the court on Monday - was actually published months after the alleged abuse took place.

'False allegations'

And he uncovered inconsistencies in Star Arvizo's key evidence about the two occasions he says he walked in while Michael Jackson abused his brother, a recovering cancer patient, at the singer's Neverland ranch.

Star revealed an alarm in the hallway approaching Mr Jackson's bedroom did sound on both occasions, potentially alerting both Gavin Arvizo and Mr Jackson.

The witness denied changing his story but said on numerous occasions he could not remember what he had previously said.

Michael Jackson's defence team is seeking to portray Janet Arvizo, the mother of Mr Jackson's alleged victim Gavin Arvizo, as someone who encouraged her children to lie in order to bring false allegations.


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