Michael Jackson’s Lawyer Reveals the Real Reason Why Jay Leno Testified on His Behalf

Michael Jackson’s lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, recently revealed that Jay Leno did not host on behalf of the night but on behalf of Jackson as the police had recorded evidence and Leno could have been publicly insulted for refuse.

Jay Leno arrives at the studio to make a film
Jay Leno arrives at the studio to film “Tonight Show” on March 10, 2005. Leno wears Sponge Bob Square Pants pajamas, bunny slippers and body protectors on all sides until Michael Jackson coming to the courthouse in Santa Maria | Margaret Norton / NBC through Getty Images

In 2005, Jackson was accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old boy who was receiving cancer relief. Leno became a witness for Jackson after receiving mail messages from Jackson’s young prosecutor. Leno used to be making phone calls to pediatric cancer patients at the time and the boy who accused Jackson of denying him came to be one of them.

Santa Barbara was contacted by Santa Barbara police about his conversation with the boy. “It was suspicious when a young man became too eager,” Leno told police. Rolling Stone reported in 2005. “He didn’t click with me.”

Leno was very willing to get involved, especially when his opening monologues were on The Show tonight usually involving jokes about the test. “I was called by the defense,” he mocked the show at the time. “Apparently, they’ve never seen this program.”

Jay Leno did not want to be a witness for Michael Jackson

“To put it quietly, [Leno] they did not want to prove it, ”said Mesereau For the Defense with David Oscar Markus podcast. “What happened was that Jay Leno didn’t know that his interview with the police was on the phone, I think it was Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, secretly recorded by the police. ”

“So it was a long interview and he didn’t know they were secretly recorded,” he continued. “I knew and I had the tape. So we subpoenaed Jay Leno. If a process server had appeared and given the subpoena. “

Thomas Mesereau Jr., defense lawyer for Michael Jackson
Thomas Mesereau Jr., defense lawyer for Michael Jackson | Photographer / WireImage

Despite being able to get Leno on the stand, he was not an effective witness for the defense, MTV reported in 2005. Leno apparently kept his evidence short and gave conflicting views. He initially admitted that he thought the boy was looking for money. But then the prosecutor said he never asked for money at the time of a review.

Jackson was in the end cheap of all criminal charges in 2005. He died in 2009 at the age of 50.

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