French chef hypes book after Jackson testimony

10th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

SANTA MARIA, California, April 8 (AFP) - A French chef took the opportunity after testifying at Michael Jackson's child sex trial Friday to plug his upcoming book about feeding the rich and famous.

SANTA MARIA, California, April 8 (AFP) - A French chef took the opportunity after testifying at Michael Jackson's child sex trial Friday to plug his upcoming book about feeding the rich and famous.

"They have the draft of a book, not an expose or a kiss and tell, but a history of their last 10 or 15 years as chefs. Lives of the rich and famous," an attorney for chef Phillip Lemarque and his wife told reporters outside the courtroom Friday.

Lemarque, who worked at Jackson's Neverland Ranch in 1991, said in bombshell testimony Friday he saw the star's hand inside former child actor Macaulay Culkin's pants as the two played video games one night 14 years ago.

He said he had gone to the estate's video arcade after receiving a call around three am from security guards who, using a code name for the entertainer, told him "Silver Fox wants some French fries."

The chef said he was shocked by what he saw. "I almost dropped the french fries. I backed out the door," Lemarque said.

Realising he still had to deliver the snack, he went back in. "I made lots of noise," the feisty 69-year-old said.

Attorney Richard Herman hailed his client's character and his cooking. "Stella and Phillip Lemarque are good stand-up people, they are real French chefs from France," Herman said, adding that the two had worked in the restaurant business for 35 years and once owned a famous cafe in Los Angeles.

Jackson did not bat an eyelid as Lemarque delivered his powerful testimony before jurors in the Santa Maria, California, courtroom.

The "King of Pop" is on trial for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in early 2003, but the trial judge has allowed prosecutors to tell jurors of previous child-sex allegations against the star.

© AFP

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