Two men who were portrayed as child abuse victims of Michael Jackson by prosecutors have emphatically denied they were molested by the singer.
Wade Robson was a regular visitor to Neverland as a child
Wade Robson, 22, and Brett Barnes, 23, were the first witnesses to be called by the defence at Mr Jackson's trial.
They were regular visitors to the star's ranch in the early 1990s and admitted sharing a bed with him.
Mr Jackson, 46, denies 10 charges including child abuse and kidnap. If convicted, he faces 20 years in jail.
Earlier, the judge declined a defence motion to have the charges thrown out.
Mr Robson, an Australian-born dancer, told the trial in Santa Maria, California, that he first stayed at the Neverland ranch in 1989.
He said he slept in the star's bedroom on all but three or four of his 20 or so visits.
The two played video games, watched movies, talked and sometimes had pillow fights, he said.
'Nothing ever happened'
"Did Mr Jackson ever molest you at any time," he was asked by defence lawyer Tom Mesereau.
"Absolutely not," he replied.
KEY PROSECUTION WITNESSES
Gavin Arvizo, accuser - testified that he was twice molested
Star Arvizo, accuser's brother - said he had twice seen Mr Jackson abuse Gavin as he slept
Janet Arvizo, accuser's mother - said she and her sons had been held captive at Neverland
Debbie Rowe, Mr Jackson's ex-wife - described Mr Jackson as generous and kind, and manipulated by his aides
"Did Mr Jackson ever touch you in a sexual way," asked Mr Mesereau.
"No, never," Mr Robson said.
Under cross-examination, prosecutor Ron Zonen said: "What you're really telling us is that nothing ever happened while you were awake."
"I'm telling you nothing ever happened," the witness replied.
Mr Robson also rejected a prosecution witness's claim to have seen the two of them taking a shower together.
Brett Barnes, also from Australia, told jurors he met Mr Jackson at the age of five when the singer passed through Australia on a tour.
He said he stayed at Neverland at least 10 times and shared a bed with the star but, like Mr Robson, denied there was any impropriety.
Mr Barnes said he was aware that witnesses had testified they had seen Mr Jackson touch him inappropriately.
"I'm very mad about it," he said. "It's not true and they put my name through the dirt. I'm really not happy about it."
Earlier, Judge Rodney Melville declined a defence motion for acquittal, saying all charges against Mr Jackson would go ahead.
The star's lawyers had argued that the prosecution - which rested its case on Wednesday - had failed to prove the charges.
The pop star arrived at the court on Thursday wearing a colourful waistcoat, accompanied by his father, Joe Jackson.