Father asks judge to keep boy away from Jackson


Michael Fleeman

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The 13-year-old boy who reportedly triggered the Michael Jackson child abuse probe should be denied any contact with the pop star, the boy’s father says in court papers made available Wednesday.

In papers filed in a bitter custody fight between the teen-ager’s parents, the father wrote to Superior Court Judge Kenneth A. Black that the mother shouldn’t even allow the child to phone Jackson.

The court papers didn’t say why the boy should be barred from contacting Jackson or explain their relationship. And it wasn’t clear from the few papers released by the court whether the judge had granted the father’s request.

The papers were incomplete and released just minutes before the close of business hours. None of the attorneys involved in the custody dispute or the Jackson investigation returned phone messages to comment.

Although the papers didn’t get into the relationship, the youth has reportedly traveled with Jackson. The trips included a May excursion to Monaco in which the boy’s mother and sister also went along, newspapers reported at the time.

Police served search warrants and reportedly seized photographs and videotapes over the weekend at his Los Angeles condominium and Santa Barbara County Neverland ranch.

A source who saw confidential police documents told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the investigation began after the boy told a therapist he was sexually abused by Jackson.

The entertainer denies wrongdoing. His security consultant says the probe was the result of false allegations made by a person seeking to extort $20 million from Jackson.

Meantime, Jackson, who turns 35 on Sunday, fell ill in Thailand and postponed a Bangkok concert.

And in another development, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported Wednesday that Jackson allegedly engaged in oral sex with the teen-ager during a relationship that lasted several months.

Jackson’s attorney, Howard Weitzman, declined to return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday.

Attorney Barry Rothman, who represents the boy’s father, declined to comment but said he planned a statement soon.

The mother’s attorney said the woman was unaware of any homosexual relationship between her son and Jackson.

‘‘Obviously, she had no idea whatsoever that anything was going on of that nature or she would have stopped it,’‘ said attorney Michael Freeman.

The divorced parents’ battle for custody of the boy provided a backdrop for the allegations.

The boy’s mother remarried after her 1985 divorce. The boy’s father is a dentist who counts actor Christian Slater and studio chief Sherry Lansing among his patients.

In the court papers, the father asks for primary custody with visitation rights for the mother.

The father asked that the mother be banned from letting her son ‘‘have any contact or communication in any form, directly or indirectly, including, but not limited to, telephone communication’‘ with Jackson.

Meanwhile, the entertainer’s family and friends rallied to his defense.

‘‘I’ve never seen anybody more honorable and more spiritual and more musical,’‘ said longtime friend and Grammy-winning producer Quincy Jones.

‘‘We know, as does the whole world, that he has dedicated his life to providing happiness for young people everywhere,’‘ read the statement signed by Jackson’s parents and siblings Jackie, Janet, Jermaine, Latoya, Marlin, Randy, Tito and Rebbie Jackson Brown.

‘‘We are confident that his dignity and humanity will prevail at this most difficult time. Our entire family stands firmly at his side,’‘ the family continued.

Jackson has long been a benefactor to the world’s children, giving time and money to help youngsters, particularly the terminally ill.

Judy Lewis, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Los Angeles chapter, declined comment on the Jackson investigation, but said the entertainer is ‘‘wonderful with the kids.’‘

‘‘He is an idol in every sense of the word for our kids, and has been a very positive influence on them,’‘ she said.