Police reports that surfaced Tuesday detail pornographic materials found inside Michael Jackson’s California estate during a 2003 police sweep. The search was conducted around the same time the legendary pop star was accused of molesting a young boy on multiple occasions.
Radar Online obtained copies of paperwork filled out by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department suggesting that Jackson, who died in 2009, had at least seven collections of pornography in the bedroom and bathroom of his Los Olivos mansion, which he called Neverland Ranch. Each collection is said to have featured nude and/or partially clothed boys and girls. Their ages are said to range from teens to younger ages. Despite the authorities’ findings, Jackson was acquitted of sexual abuse against the boy in 2005.
Jackson was accused of molesting more than one young boy. In August 2014, James Safechuck came forward with new allegations against the Grammy winner. The Los Angeles native, who starred alongside Jackson in a Pepsi commercial more than two decades prior, claimed he was molested by Jackson more than 100 times over four years. According to Agence France-Presse, Safechuck was “brainwashed” to believe that each of the instances of abuse were “acts of love.” Documents filed by his lawyer allege that Safechuck and Jackson shared a bed on a semi-regular basis during the singer’s “Bad” tour. Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Jackson’s estate, said that Safechuck’s late filing was merely an attempt to get money.
“This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened, and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him,” Weitzman said.
Similarly, Jackson was accused of molestation by dancer Wade Robson. At the time he made the accusation, Robson was 31. Twenty-four other boys were allegedly paid off to remain silent about abuse from Jackson. The U.K.’s Sunday People reported that the musician spent more than $35 million to ensure that none of the boys, whose names were not released, would ever speak out. The incidents are said to have taken from 1989 to 2004. An anonymous source supported those claims, telling the New Year Daily News that there was “no question” that people had received hush money from Jackson.
At present, reports that Jackson’s home was filled with child pornography are unconfirmed.
By Caitlyn Hitt