Michael Jackson's accuser would not invent his child molestation claims because he'd hate to be labelled gay, a psychologist told the singer's trial yesterday (30MAR05).

DR STAN KATZ interviewed GAVIN ARVIZO - who was 13 and suffering from cancer at the time - and then informed social workers about the alleged abuse.

Katz, who also spoke to the THRILLER star's first accuser JORDY CHANDLER in the 1990s, said boys of that age try and hide abuse of this nature.

He told the Santa Maria, California, court, "It would be unusual for a boy like this to make up allegations to suggest that he has had inappropriate sexual relations with a male.

"These children are so protective and guilt-ridden and ashamed by anything extra-normal."

Jackson, 46, has pleaded innocent to 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

31/03/2005 14:09