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SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) The mother of a boy who alleged Michael Jackson molested him in 1993 testified Monday that she allowed her son to start spending nights alone with the pop star after a sobbing Jackson pleaded with her to let them sleep together.

Taking the stand in Jackson’s child molestation trial, the mother also said that at Jackson’s urging, she signed papers giving custody of the boy to his father, her ex husband, after he raised the possibility of taking legal action against Jackson.

The boy’s family did bring legal action against Jackson, and in 1994 reached a confidential multimillion dollar settlement with him in which he did not admit guilt.

Now 25, the alleged victim will not testify because he does not want to get involved in the media spectacle, his uncle has told CNN.

The 46 year old singer is accused of molesting a different boy now 15 years old at Neverland Ranch, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold his family captive in 2003.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors are presenting previous allegations against Jackson to try to prove the singer had a pattern of grooming boys for sexual abuse.

First meeting recalledThe mother testified Monday that her son first met Jackson in August 1992, when the performer came to a Los Angeles car rental agency after having car trouble. Her then husband, the boy’s stepfather, worked there, she said.

She said she gave Jackson their phone number and told the entertainer to call "if you’d like to see [him] . or speak to him."

A month or two later, Jackson began calling the boy, in conversations that "got longer and longer," she said. She and her son and daughter began spending weekends at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch starting in February 1993, and he began treating the family to trips to Las Vegas, Disneyland and Florida.

On their third visit to Neverland, she said she refused her son’s request to spend the night with Jackson in his bedroom.

But she relented during a trip to Las Vegas in March 1993, after Jackson whom she described as "sobbing, crying, shaking and trembling" confronted her, she testified.

"You don’t trust me. We’re a family," she quoted the entertainer as saying. "There’s nothing wrong. There’s nothing going on. Why don’t you trust me?"

After 30 to 40 minutes of pleading by Jackson, the mother said she relented, and the two then began sleeping in the same bed on nights when they were together.

For more than 30 consecutive nights, she said Jackson, who was then 34, visited the family’s home in Santa Monica to spend the night with her 13 year old son, left in the morning after he went to school and then returned in the afternoon when he came home, often eating dinner with the family. There was only one bed in the boy’s room, she said.

In May 1993, Jackson took the family with him to the World Music Awards in Monaco, and gave her his credit card to go shopping. He also gave her gifts that included a gold Cartier bracelet, earrings, a necklace and a ring, as well as a $7,000 gift certificate to a Beverly Hills store.

By the fall of 1993, the mother testified she became concerned. Her son had become withdrawn, sullen and "was not wanting to be with us anymore." She said he began dressing like Jackson and was "not as sweet as he normally was."

"[He] was spending too much time with Michael Jackson, and I was upset," she said. "I wanted my son back. . It was getting out of hand."

Ex publicist: Jackson licked boy’s headIn testimony earlier Monday, Jackson’s former publicist reluctantly admitted that he saw Jackson lick the boy’s head when he and his family were on the plane returning from Monaco. A draft of the book obtained by prosecutors contained the licking allegation, but under questioning Monday, Jones initially said he could not recall the episode.

After he was confronted with e mails he sent to Brown that "the licking is going to be important," he conceded that it must have taken place.

"I would not have made it up," he testified Monday.

Prosecutors also called Brown to the stand. He said he had several conversations with Jones in which he talked about seeing Jackson lick the boy’s head on during the Monaco trip, but he said Jones’ recollections later became "fuzzy."

And under cross examination by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., Brown said Jones’ recollections about the incident seemed to change with his finances that he had a better memory of seeing the licking when he needed money and a fuzzier memory when he didn’t.

Jones and Brown have written a book titled "The Man Behind The Mask" that is currently being edited by their publisher, with a final draft expected in six to eight weeks, Jones said.

Asked if the book was an accurate depiction of his experiences working for Jackson, Jones said, "It’s factual to a degree," going on to explain that Brown had included things of which he did not approve.

Prosecutor Gordon Auchincloss introduced excerpts from a manuscript of the book, in which Jones described Jackson and the boy "holding each other tightly" while sleeping on the return trip from Monaco in an "almost romantic embrace," with "cooing" and licks on the head.

cartier love bangle 17 Lauren Ezersky Explains Her Style

Could somebody please take a stand towards the return of connoisseurship to fashion by bringing back Lauren’s "Behind the Velvet Ropes" and immediately rid us of the intolerable inanity of Joan Rivers and Guiliana Rancic on "The Fashion Police"?

It’s time to raise the bar and bring back soul to the curation of "what" is taste with someone like Lauren, who wore a turban with an armful of bangles to one of her first job interviews and today has earrings running up her ear in the vein of an African queen. Lauren gets what it is to be an original and therefore has the ability to respect one. She was the first to do a cable show that delved into the true art of fashion, but it came from a sincere interest in the creativity and mind of a person and less about "who is wearing what."

She says, "I talked to everyone. I was in the cab talking to the cab driver on my way to an interview with Isaac Mizrahi." With a true passion for individualism, Lauren’s style is prolific and anything but derivative and she is all about pieces that don’t change and become your signature, like her RRL leather pants and corduroy equestrian blazer.

If Lauren gets a pair of jeans they are the real 5 pocket ones, her moccasins are handmade and she loves the classicism of vintage lingerie. However, it is her jewelry collection and how she wears it, everything from diamond skulls to Native American, mixed with Cartier bangles piled high that is of epic originality. Lauren says that she is a work in progress, "no matter how old I get I am going to try something different. A different haircut, a different hair color, different dogs."

To be comfortable and honest with one’s evolution, and to embrace "difference" is the spirit of a true artist and worthy of being celebrated. To be frozen in face and opinion is not. Fran Lebowitz says in her recent documentary, "Public Speaking," the level of the arbiter is as important to art as art itself.

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For Valentine’s Day, would be cupids will likely attempt to send pulses racing with jewelry that’s red or shaped like a heart.

"In most jewelry stores, including ours, the heart is by far the most prominent design, not just for Valentine’s Day but year round," says Jo Ellen Qualls, vice president and store manager of Tiffany Co. in South Coast Plaza. "People love hearts, and I think they always will."

One of the most famous is the often copied open heart designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. The simple heart, which appears to float on a chain, has become a classic.

"Elsa designed it in 1976, and it’s still the best selling heart in our company. At one time it was the most worn piece of jewelry in the world," Qualls says. "It’s still our No. 1 best selling single item at Tiffany."

One reason for the open heart’s success: It comes in gold or silver and in six different sizes, from a dainty mini heart of sterling ($40) to a large gold heart on a 36 inch chain ($1,595).

"The simplicity and purity of the design appeals to people," Qualls says.

Italian jeweler Bvlgari, which recently opened a store in South Coast Plaza, has sleek, heart shaped earrings of gold and a variety of semiprecious stones, including a pure turquoise pair ($2,900), purple amethyst ($5,500) and green tourmaline ($6,900).

Watches with hearts or with red bands are also hot this time of year. Tourneau in South Coast Plaza has everything from Cartier’s "Diablo" style watch with a pave diamond bezel and a red crocodile band ($16,700) to Tourneau’s casual "Safari" style with a red lizard band ($225). Perhaps the most elaborate of the jeweler’s romantic watches is Baum Mercier’s timepiece with a red crocodile band, a diamond bezel and pave diamond bows, and a cabachon ruby center to mark the 6 and 12 o’clock hours.

Tourneau often sells watches by the pair for Valentine’s Day. Many come in his and hers versions.

One can find Valentine’s jewelry at all prices. Apropos in Fashion Island Newport Beach offers assorted cupids and hearts, including heart earrings paved in red crystals for $78, engraved silver heart lockets ($75 to $110) and two tone sterling and brass hearts with cupid faces ($38).

love bangle diamond Eric Buterbaugh takes floral design to the next sense

When Tory Burch wants centerpieces for a rooftop dinner at her Rodeo Drive boutique, Louis Vuitton executives need gifts for VIPs, or Tom Ford wants to say "thank you," they call Eric Buterbaugh. And after he dresses up the tables for dinners hosted by Jessica Alba, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer or super stylist Rachel Zoe, Buterbaugh joins the party as one of the most sought after guests in town. during the designer’s heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s. "Growing up, I had a tray of perfume and candles in my room by Guerlain, Ralph Lauren and Rigaud. And I devoured fashion magazines. So I’ve wanted to do this always."

As the resident florist at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, he creates fantastical arrangements, which might include a group of tall glass cylinders filled with exotic "ink stained" orchids for the Culina restaurant entry, pink ranunculus floating in glass tubes suspended from the ceiling by the elevators, or an urn of white lilies as big as a Smart car in the lobby foyer. Other regular gigs include designing flower arrangements for the Chateau Marmont (looser, more old fashioned arrangements), the Cartier (red or white roses) and Dior boutiques (the brand’s designated flower of the year) and the homes of a host of society mavens.

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Buterbaugh’s inspiration board at his floral shop at the Four Seasons.

Buterbaugh’s inspiration board at his floral shop at the Four Seasons. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

"My flowers are for the 10% of the population who notice details, whether it’s the stitch on a jacket or a reflexed open rose," says Buterbaugh, whose uniform includes Saint Laurent jeans and boots, Lanvin shirts, playful charm necklaces by Meyer, rings by Daniela Villegas and chunky eyeglasses by RetroSpecs.

Buterbaugh’s blooms may be among the most beautiful to look at, but to smell not so much. That’s why he wanted to get into fragrance. He was interested in reviving the scents of his favorite flowers, which he noticed had faded over the last two decades. "So few flowers really smell anymore, because the scent has been bred out of them," he says.

Eric Buterbaugh and Fabrice Croise Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Buterbaugh partnered with Fabrice Croise, right, to develop his floral inspired fragrance line.

Buterbaugh partnered with Fabrice Croise, right, to develop his floral inspired fragrance line. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

A chance meeting with Fabrice Croise, a French branding expert with 20 years’ experience in product design, development and marketing, led to a partnership. Buterbaugh and Croise developed the fragrance line with leading perfumer Firmenich, giving the "noses" there free rein to create florals without financial or market research restraints.

The result is a collection of 10 pure florals, including a violet with balanced leaf and petal notes; a rose with subtle notes of pepper and licorice; an intense "rose grande" that smells as if you are engulfed by a rosebush; and a lily of the valley.

This foray into the product world is a natural for Buterbaugh, who has been part of the fashion and beauty business for 30 years.

Early on, he earned a following for wrapping glass vases in "couture like" taffeta, snakeskin or ostrich leather, or encrusting them with Swarovski crystals. He’d wrap vases in fur for fashion photographer Helmut Newton and his wife, June "the more eccentric, the better," Buterbaugh remembers of the regular deliveries he made to them during the winters they spent at the Chateau Marmont.

"They would photograph the arrangements and send me signed prints. I have a wonderful little collection."

Today, Buterbaugh’s most famous floral design signature is the reflex open rose, which entails flipping back each petal, so it becomes what Buterbaugh calls a "power flower."

"It’s very labor intensive," he says.

"A rose arrangement could take 15 or 20 minutes, but if you’re reflexing the roses, it can take an hour and a half. When we have big orders, sometimes we have someone in the shop doing nothing but that all day long."

"What he does, it’s not even flowers; it’s sculpture," Alba says.

Almost as popular as his reflex open roses is his naughty sense of humor, which appears at the dinner table and on his popular Instagram account, with more than 35,000 followers, where shots of blooms are mixed with cheeky sayings such as, "Bad ain’t no good, but good ain’t no fun" and "Don’t be afraid to be a bitch."

"He’s one of my best friends," says Meyer, who gave Buterbaugh just two hours’ notice to round up flowers for her surprise wedding to Tobey Maguire in 2007, when they all were vacationing together on the Big Island of Hawaii. "He went to the airport, bought a bunch of leis, pulled apart the flowers and sprinkled them on the tables, in the pool, everywhere. He created the sweetest moment for me and my husband."

After the fragrance launch, Buterbaugh’s next project is to complete work on the House of Eric, a Midcentury Modern space on Beverly Boulevard that will serve as a fragrance boutique, party space and gallery for flower related shows. He’s aiming for a June opening date.

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