LATEST: Michael Jackson's defence team has called on Macaulay Culkin to take to the stand and rubbish a former Neverland ranch maid's claim she saw the THRILLER star kissing and fondling the actor.

Housekeeper ADRIAN MARY McMANUS told jurors at the Santa Maria, California, court that between 1991 and 1993 Culkin shared Jackson's bed, left his underwear in the singer's Jacuzzi and allowed the troubled star to kiss his cheek.

She told jurors, "I was cleaning up and I saw Mr Jackson and Macaulay in the library and Mr Jackson was kissing him on the cheek and he had his hand by his leg at the rear."

However, the Home Alone actor has always fervently denied he was abused by the 46-year-old.

And now Jackson's team have persuaded Culkin to testify at the star's child molestation trial, according to American news network CNN.

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.

21/04/2005 09:20