LOS ANGELES (AP) Fat Sal is going to court Friday in California on charges that he used the Internet to advertise his father’s sexual abuse of children and that his father, Fatah al-Salahed, abused them by drugging them.
In an unusual twist, the attorney for Fatah will not appear in the courtroom, instead being present via video conference.
A judge will rule on whether to hold Fatah in custody pending trial.
The Associated Press was not able to reach Fatah.
Sal, the father of the slain actress Amber Tamblyn, was sentenced in May to 10 years in prison for using a social media network to post sexually explicit messages about his daughter and others.
He is serving four years for his first-degree murder conviction.
Prosecutors say Sal posted sexually explicit videos on YouTube and other websites in August and September of last year.
Sal has denied wrongdoing.
He also faces charges of kidnapping and child pornography.
He has pleaded not guilty.
A video posted by Sal’s father, Salahed al-Salah, in September of this year, shows him allegedly abusing children and abusing his own children.
Salaheh, in his first public appearance since the trial, said his actions were not a form of revenge.
The father of five has been free on bail since his trial began in January.
Sal has a lengthy criminal history.
He was arrested in May 2015 and charged with sexual assault and kidnapping in New York.
He had previously been charged with felony kidnapping in Arizona.
The victim in the video, a 9-year-old girl who is now 18, said Salahelah abused her when she was younger.
He told her he would get her money and then “rape” her, she said in the police report.
The attorney for Salaheyh al-Shalh, who was accused of molesting another boy when he was 15, also testified Friday.
He did not offer any testimony, and his attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Salah’s attorney did respond to the charges.
He said Salah “never used” his father as a source of funding.
Salahed was convicted of child pornography in January and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
He died in February.