The mother of the boy accusing troubled pop superstar Michael Jackson of child molestation will take the stand in his trial, a judge has ordered.

JANET JACKSON - who shares the same moniker as the THRILLER singer's sister - has been accused of lying under oath by the star's attorney THOMAS MESEREAU, who claims the allegations are part of an extortion campaign by the family.

Mesereau told the court, "We firmly believe that this woman lies under oath and does so repeatedly."

Judge Rodney Melville has ordered Janet to give her evidence in person during a pre-trial hearing on 17 September (04) so the defence team can cross-examine her.

Her son GAVIN - who is in remission after suffering cancer - is the boy at the centre of multiple allegations of molestation against Jackson, 45.

23/08/2004 16:55