Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson has slammed reports she left the courtroom to avoid graphic testimonies in her son's child molestation trial last Thursday (07APR05), insisting she needed the bathroom.

Katherine snuck out of the Santa Maria, California courtroom on Thursday, the day the troubled singer's former housekeeper ADRIAN MARY McMANUS told jurors she had seen Jackson kissing child star Macaulay Culkin.

Katherine says, "Accusing me of leaving due to graphic testimony when I simply went to the rest room is not fair, not accurate."

Her spokeswoman ANGEL HOWANSKY claims Katherine slipped out of the court during a break, but when she tried to return, the jury had already been seated and she was forced to wait until a later time to re-enter.

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.

11/04/2005 02:58