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EX-EMPLOYEE DESCRIBES JACKSON-CULKIN EPISODE

The latest in a parade of former employees to take the stand against Michael Jackson testified Friday that he once saw Jackson with his hand inside child star Macaulay Culkin's shorts but didn't tell anyone because "nobody would have ever believed this."

Phillip LeMarque, who said he and his wife worked for Jackson for 10 months in 1991, said he never made his allegations until 1993, when authorities came to him in connection with another child's claims against the pop star.

LeMarque said that one night in 1991, he was delivering an order of french fries to Jackson at Neverland's arcade and saw the singer holding Culkin up to a video game console with one hand on the boy's waist and the other in the boy's shorts.

"I was shocked. I almost dropped the french fries," said LeMarque, 70. He said he sneaked away, then returned, loudly announcing himself.

Under cross-examination by Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., LeMarque acknowledged that he and his wife considered selling the story to the tabloids and told an intermediary he wanted $500,000. But he said he and wife backed out because the intermediary "was so sleazy."

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