A Calabasas, California, hotel has become key to prosecutors in the Michael JACKSON child molestation scandal after investigators discovered the place was where the pop star and his aides allegedly held his teenage accuser hostage.

Detectives have named the Country Inn and Suites as the place Jackson attempted to hide his future accuser and his family when he first started fearing molestation allegations, according to American TV show Celebrity Justice.

Sources tell the show that prosecutors believe the accuser's family was held hostage there in early 2003.

Hotel manager JOEL ARMENDARIZ (corr) has confirmed detectives visited the hotel twice last year (04) looking for details on the family's stay.

He says, "They were looking for some of the rooms they probably thought they stayed in. They moved from room to room.

"I was kind of shocked when they said the family stayed here."

Sources claim the family was booked in under Jackson associate FRANK Tyson's name. Tyson and colleague VINNIE AMEN reportedly guarded the family during their stay.

08/02/2005 21:42