Jacko Accuser's Mom Had Friends in Blue

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Jacko Accuser's Mom Had Friends in Blue

Janet Arvizo, the mother of Michael Jackson's teen accuser, never bothered to call the cops while she was allegedly held against her will by Jackson's associates at Neverland. But she knew how to call 911 for other reasons.

Sources tell me Jackson's defense will soon reveal that Arvizo made many calls to 911 in the past for even the smallest things — neighbors making noise, cars being broken into, etc.

The 911 calls should figure in Arvizo's long and happy relationship with the police.

Monday morning, Arvizo will be called on the carpet about all the friends she had in the Los Angeles Police Department — the ones she didn't call when, she alleges, she was in peril.

Defense attorney Tom Mesereau started in on this theme Friday: It's hard to be held hostage when you know more police officers than a waitress in a doughnut shop.

Janet Arvizo, Mesereau has suggested, was loaded with men in blue — and some women, too.

For one thing, there is the curious story of her friendship with Andrew Lassak, an officer posted at the LAPD's Hollenbeck station house, the one closest to Arvizo's old East Los Angeles apartment.

On Friday, Arvizo said that her close friendship with Lassak ended because he got married.

"Out of respect, he has to dedicate himself to his new wife," she said.

Arvizo has certainly implied that her relationship with Lassak was possibly something more than a friendship between a cop and one of the people on his beat.

Mesereau may get to the crux of that matter today, or may leave it until Lassak, who has been called as a defense witness, takes the stand.

The point, of course, will be Arvizo's access to police assistance when she wanted it.

According to sources, evidence will also be introduced that Arvizo had a long history of calling 911 over matters such as a barking dog.

Yet she didn't call police when she thought she and her children had been kidnapped or when she thought Jackson had molested her son, Mesereau will argue. She also admitted to not protesting when Jackson's assistant offered her security.

For all her vague answers on the stand, Arvizo cleverly added the modifier: "This is my best estimate." The phrase has become Arivzo's mantra.

Arvizo's has other friends in blue, many of whom will be called to testify. These include a boatload of transit and regular police officers from Los Angeles.

This column first broke the story that Arvizo had once persuaded an entire transit-police unit into giving her a tree and gifts for Christmas. The cops also raised money for her and her family at their station house.

She won't be able to wiggle out of that story, since the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's in-house newsletter ran an article about the fund-raising in 2001.

Arvizo played on the cops' emotions about her son's cancer and her own problems without mentioning that she also had a variety of celebrity benefactors at the time.

Just in case you didn't get the full picture: On Friday, Arvizo announced that she lied in her lawsuit with JCPenney, the one that netted her a $150,000 judgment. She claims she tried to get her lawyer to amend her testimony — after she had won the case.

Arivzo also shrugged off an older charge that her ex-husband molested her daughter, and that it wasn't a big deal that her own son had accused her of abuse when he was in kindergarten. That charge was eventually dismissed.

"It was another positive experience," Arvizo concluded with a straight face. "It's OK."

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