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Last Updated: Tuesday March 15 2005 15:44 GMT

Jackson boy said nothing happened

Michael Jackson outside court in California

The boy who has accused Michael Jackson of mistreating him has admitted telling a former teacher that the singer had done nothing to him.

On Monday lawyers defending the singer were questioning the boy, Gavin Arvizo, about a conversation he had in 2003.

Last week the court in California heard the boy's account of how the alleged abuse took place.

The singer, who denies all charges, was in court for the first time since his late arrival last week with back pain.

Gavin admitted that the teacher had asked him if Michael Jackson had abused him and at that time he'd said no.

One of Michael Jackson's lawyers Thomas Mesereau
One of Michael Jackson's lawyers Thomas Mesereau

Mr Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, also asked Gavin about his behaviour at school.

Gavin admitted he had been disruptive, rarely did homework and regularly argued with his teachers.

Mr Jackson denies 10 charges including child abuse and false imprisonment. If found guilty, he could face a 21-year prison sentence.