In the final testimony of the defense case, Tucker singled out the accuser’s mother, who, he testified, had “mental problems.” “I told him to watch out for (the mother) because I felt suspicious,” Tucker said. “You need to watch out. Be careful.” At the conclusion of Tucker’s testimony, lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. rose and told the judge, “Your honor, the defense rests” — without Jackson taking the stand. “His attorneys did not feel, at this point in time in the trial, it was necessary,” Jackson spokeswoman Raymone Bain told CNN. She characterized the decision for him not to testify as a “group” decision between Jackson and his attorneys. The completion of the defense phase came after a rush of celebrity testimony on behalf of Jackson.
In his testimony Wednesday, Tucker said he thought the accuser — whom Tucker befriended in 2000 as the boy was battling cancer — was “smart” and “cunning,” telling jurors that the boy would reference his illness when asking Tucker for money.
The accuser’s younger brother, a key prosecution witness in the trial, was even more cunning, Tucker said, to the point that the “Rush Hour” star felt he needed “to check (the brother’s) pockets before he left my house.”
Tucker also said he flew the family by private jet to Miami in February 2003 because the accuser told him that he wanted to go there to be with Jackson — contradicting assertions by both the family and the prosecution that the trip was part of an effort by Jackson’s camp to enlist their help with a news conference.
Tucker said the boy called him twice on February 4, 2003, the day after the initial broadcast of “Living With Michael Jackson,” a television documentary.
Tucker said it was during the Miami trip that he warned Jackson about the accuser’s family. He said his own associates also had been warning him about the family, but he continued to try to help them because “I felt sorry for (the boy).” “They did a lot of things I didn’t see, that my people were telling me to watch out,” he said. But Tucker said he started “getting nervous” when the accuser and his brother and sister began referring to him as the “brother” and telling them they how much they loved him.