Rudy Provencio, an associate of one of Michael Jackson's associates Marc Schaffel, testified yesterday that a member of Jackson's team once referred to "killers" pursuing the Arvizos.
The prosecution contend that Jackson's associates put together a plan to hold the Arvizos prisoner in 2003, by saying that killers were after them.
This "ruse" would force the Arvizos into performing the rebuttal video.
Provencio testified that a Jackson employee, Vincent Amen, said that the only real threat was from students at Gavin Arvizo's school, who used homophobic insults against him.
He went on to say that at one stage Schaffel had tried to curtail a discussion with him by saying:
"I can't talk right now, they just escaped."
Provencio then claimed that Vincent Amen, also said that he couldn't talk "because the family just escaped."
Provencio contradicted Debbie Rowe's testimony, as to her video being genuine, noting that Schaffel frequently coached her performance.
"He would prod her to do it better or say it better, as any producer would,".
It seems that Rowe's tears, in one part of the video, were not enough; and that Schaffel made her do the scene again with more feeling.
I wonder if, at the end of this trial, anyone will come away with their reputations intact?