The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser has denied under questioning from the singer's attorney that bruises she claimed to have received in an altercation with mall security guards were actually inflicted by her former husband.
Thomas Mesereau Jr. asked the woman about the injuries Tuesday, a day after jurors were shown pictures of her bruised arms and thighs. The woman's family received a settlement of more than $150,000 over the 1998 episode.
Fumbling for words, she said she had been doing everything at the instruction of a defense attorney after she was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery, burglary and petty theft charges that were eventually dropped.
Mesereau asked whether she told a woman at a law office that the bruises photographed were actually from a beating by her former husband.
'That's incorrect,' she said. Mesereau noted a mug shot taken of her on the day of the incident showed no bruises on her face.
'I was wearing makeup,' she said. The woman has previously testified that her then-husband did not allow her to wear makeup."
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