Michael Jackson was found showering with an eight-year-old boy, the star's former housekeeper told his child molestation trial yesterday (05APR05).

BLANCA FRANCIA was called to the stand, after her 24-year-old son was cross-examined about his claims he was molested by the BAD singer more than a decade ago.

The maid, whose son reportedly received a $2.4 million (GBP1.2 million) settlement from the 46-year-old in 1994, was called as part of a prosecution effort to show the star has a pattern of molestation or inappropriate behaviour with boys.

Francia, who worked for Jackson for five years, told jurors she caught Jackson showering with Britney Spears' former choreographer Wade Robson, now 22, when she went to clean the singer's private suite at his Neverland ranch in California.

She also alleged Robson, who appeared in Jackson's BLACK OR WHITE and HEAL The World music videos, regularly slept in Jackson's bed, and that she frequently found the child's clothes on the superstar's bedroom floor.

She told the court, "There was one time I walked into his bedroom - at first I thought they were playing. I thought they were playing in the bathtub or Jacuzzi but I did not see them and I thought maybe they were playing outside.

"I was going to walk outside to the garden, but on my way I peeked into the bathroom and they were in the shower."

Francia added that she saw their clothes and underwear on the floor outside the shower, but retreated because she thought Jackson would be angry if he found her there.

The former maid also told of seeing Macaulay Culkin at Neverland and said he also stayed in Jackson's bedroom.

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.

06/04/2005 09:19