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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.

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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).

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