The stepfather of Michael Jackson's accuser took the stand at Thursday's dramatic pretrial hearing and testified that "a gentleman from Neverland" offered their family money — specifically, a new house and college tuition — if they'd agree to an on-camera interview reflecting Jacko in a positive light. The offer allegedly was made shortly after last year's scandalous documentary by Brit reporter Martin Bashir. Mr. Doe indicated he'd scoffed at Jacko's offer and sought even richer compensation. In a wise move, and with the judge's permission, the former King of Pop stayed away from Thursday's hearing.