More Details on Jackson Accuser's Parents

Newsweek's new issue includes " From Moonwalk to Perp Walk with more details about the parents of the 12 year old cancer survivor who is accusing Michael Jackson.

[attorney for the child's father] Rick Halpern further alleges that the mother has coached the children in the past to make untrue statements in legal cases, once in a slip-and-fall suit against a chain store, and later during her acrimonious divorce battle, which began in 2001.

The mother, who has been in seclusion with her children, couldn't be reached for comment. But the father has his own credibility problems. In 2001, he pleaded no contest to a charge of wife-beating and was sentenced to attend domestic-violence counseling. The following year, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty to a child in an incident involving his daughter. In a court filing seeking a restraining order against him, the mother claimed that "instances of violence in our marriage were a daily occurrence."

For more on the child and his parents, see our post from last evening here, quoting an assortment of news articles.

Update: Elizabeth Taylor released a statement Sunday affirming her belief in Michael's innocence:

Actress Elizabeth Taylor says she believes pop star and good friend Michael Jackson is "absolutely innocent" of child molestation charges and will be "vindicated." In a statement on Sunday, Taylor also criticized the press for behaving "abominably" toward the self-styled King of Pop, who was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually abusing a young boy. "Their whole reaction is that he is guilty. I thought the law was 'innocent until proven guilty.' I know he is innocent and I hope they all eat crow," Taylor said of the press.

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