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Posted: 11/28/2003 3:37:59 PM EDT
Assuming that this isn't all some kind of scam:


Jackson's Alleged Victim Said Very Ill
By TIM MOLLOY, AP

LOS ANGELES - A comedy club owner who says he introduced Michael Jackson to the cancer-stricken boy he is accused of molesting said Thursday the child is in such poor health that his remaining kidney is failing.



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Jamie Masada says he introduced Michael Jackson to the ill boy about two years ago.

Jamie Masada, owner of The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, said he brought Jackson and the child together about two years ago - soon after doctors gave the boy three weeks to live. He said the boy expressed an interest in meeting Jackson and Masada made "a few phone calls."

"The kid is not doing very good," Masada said at a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless that he holds at the club each year.

Masada said doctors removed a large tumor from the boy's stomach some time ago, and at the same time took out one of his kidneys and spleen. He said the boy's remaining kidney is failing, and that he needs a transplant.

Masada said he saw the boy earlier this week. He said the boy was being treated at home, not a hospital, but was getting dialysis treatments.

It was unclear what effect the boy's condition could have on the case against Jackson. Masada said he and the boy had not discussed Jackson.

Jackson surrendered last week after an arrest warrant alleged he committed lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was released on $3 million bail; authorities say they expect to file formal charges sometime after Dec. 15.

Jackson's attorney, Mark Geragos, said this week that the accusations are motivated by money and are untrue.


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Masada said he met the boy at a camp where stars including Adam Sandler and Chris Tucker teach underprivileged children about comedy. He said he contacted Jackson's people and asked that Jackson watch a news report about the boy's condition and the efforts to help him.

He said he asked that the pop singer "call him, cheer him up."

Masada said that in the past, comedians have given blood for the boy and held benefits to help pay his medical bills.

Stuart Backerman, Jackson's spokesman, declined to comment on Masada's account but said he hoped the boy's condition would improve.

"I think it goes without saying that we all hope he recovers well and that everybody's heartfelt wish is for him to be healthy," Backerman said.

The boy's mother has an unlisted phone number and could not be located for comment. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual abuse.


11/27/03 18:42 EST

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Link Posted: 11/28/2003 3:43:35 PM EDT
California law allows death bed statements to be admissable at trial. California has convicted people of murder withot ever finding a body. they can convict a child molester with video or tape recorded victim statements
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 5:37:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan: California law allows death bed statements to be admissable at trial.
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Is that true in criminal trials? Or is it a civil trial only rule?
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 5:53:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: Assuming that this isn't all some kind of scam:
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And it may very well be just that. I've seen some evidence to support that. Since I have been a Juror on more than one occasion, I'd say let the system do it's job. It usually works ( OK, well, except in OJ's case) I, for one, would really not like to be tried by the media.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 8:00:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2003 8:05:28 PM EDT by Max_Mike]
And it may very well be just that. I've seen some evidence to support that. Since I have been a Juror on more than one occasion, I'd say let the system do it's job. It usually works (OK, well, except in OJ's case) I, for one, would really not like to be tried by the media.
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You haven’t seen evidence of anything… you have seen reports on TV this is not evidence. You don’t have any idea what the truth is and you are not going to see it in the press. Jackson PR team is in full court press mode they will do their best to destroy this kid and his family no matter what the facts are. Ten years ago the family of the kid that settled for 20 million did so not just because they wanted money. They were subject to the same kind of attack launched against the latest accuser. At that time Jackson’s thugs went as far as to beat the hell out of the kid's father. The system did not work the last time mainly due to Jackson’s machine reeking terror amongst the accusers family to force a payoff. By the way Jackson’s people use some of the same private investigators and thugs as the Clintons use to shut people up. Same people and same tactics that were used against Kathleen Willey… cut tires, stalking, dead dog, threats of violence, ect… terror in general.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 8:26:26 PM EDT
Something wlse to consider is what was found in the raid on neverland? Videos of certain actions that can only be considered child molestation? We don't know. But, what we do know is that they had to havve probable cause to conduct this search and that what they were expecting to find had to be relative to the case. If they did find evidence of molestation, then even if the child dies before the trial, the evidence will still be there.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 9:33:22 PM EDT
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At that time Jackson’s thugs went as far as to beat the hell out of the kid's father.
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That is news to me. Where did you hear this? I still lived there when that case concluded. I was suspecting that this was a ploy to get the kid to the front of the transplant line.
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