The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Monday he will allow the mother of two of the pop star's children to testify as a prosecution witness.
Prosecutors want Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe to tell jurors that she was compelled to appear on a videotape praising Jackson as a good father and a humanitarian.
Prosecutors say Rowe did the interview under duress, having been told by Jackson associates that if she did not do it she would risk losing her visitation rights with her children, daughter Paris and son Prince Michael.
Jackson has a third child, Prince Michael II, whose mother has remained anonymous.
The defense objected to the testimony on grounds that it was part of a prosecution "desperation" tactic at the end of its case and had no relevance to the charges against Jackson.
Prosecutor Ron Zonen said Rowe would corroborate the testimony of the mother of Jackson's young accuser who testified she also was pressured to appear in a video and speak from a script.