Originally created 03/31/04

Sources: Jackson grand jury heard from attorney, psychologist

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A grand jury meeting under extraordinary secrecy heard testimony from the psychologist who first reported to authorities a boy's claim that he was molested by Michael Jackson, two sources close to the case said Tuesday.

Psychologist Stan J. Katz testified Monday before the grand jury, according to the sources. Also testifying Monday was attorney Larry Feldman, who was first contacted by the boy's mother, according to one of the sources.

Feldman, who represented a boy who accused Jackson of molestation in 1993, took the current accuser to Katz last year. The boy told Katz of the alleged molestation and the psychologist then went to authorities.

Feldman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

"I can't comment on the case or the grand jury. I wish I could," Katz said.

Grand jury activities are usually confidential and court officials have kept mum as to whether a grand jury is hearing testimony in the Jackson case.

Jackson was charged by the district attorney last year with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under age 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent to the child. Jackson has pleaded innocent. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Friday.

If prosecutors obtain a grand jury indictment they would not have to present evidence at a preliminary hearing to determine if the case should go to trial.


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