Michael Jackson received a vote of confidence in court on Friday (06MAY05) from two mothers who allowed their sons to share a bed with the THRILLER singer.

JOY ROBSON and MARIE BARNES, whose sons gave testimonies as defence witnesses on Thursday (05MAY05), were adamant their children had not been molested by Jackson and spoke of their respect and love for him.

Robson described the accused as "very pure" before saying of her son WADE's relationship with Jackson, "They enjoyed each other. I remember Michael telling me it was like looking in the mirror. He saw himself all over again."

She went on to call Jackson's Neverland ranch "the happiest place on Earth" before refuting prosecution accusations she thought Jackson would help her son move into showbusiness.

She said, "You're trying to make me say that was the basis for our friendship and that is not true"

Robson, who hails from Australia, did admit to accepting financial backing from Jackson in addition to help in legalising her family's stay in the US.

MARIE BARNES followed her to the witness stand and said she trusted Jackson completely: "He's a very nice person. You just know when you can trust someone."

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

The trial continues.

08/05/2005 14:36