LATEST: Troubled singer Michael Jackson's maid acted suspiciously when the star's Neverland ranch was raided last year (NOV03), a court heard at last week's (begs06SEP04) pre-trial hearing.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sergeant ROSS RUTH said officers questioned the unnamed servant during their search, while the THRILLER hitmaker was in Las Vegas, and claimed she flicked a light on and off as a warning signal to others in the mansion.

He also said she gave police "evasive answers".

Ruth said, "Sometimes she was saying truths, sometimes she wasn't."

Jackson - who complained the search was performed illegally - is expected to attend a court hearing today (17SEP04) and is due to stand trial in California in January (05) on charges of committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

17/09/2004 14:04