Michael Jackson has again been accused of being a child sex predator as the ten year anniversary of his death approaches.
But the lawyer who helped exonerate the King of Pop during the gruelling 2005 trial is negating the allegations, arguing the MeToo movement has given rise to false accusations.
Adrian McManus, a former maid who spent years working for Michael Jackson, doubled down on previous allegations she made in an interview with DailyMailTV during an appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
‘I saw what I saw,’ she said. ‘Michael kissing on him. Michael’s hands kind of very close to Jordy’s crotch. It was terrible to see.’
Ms McManus was referring to Jordan Chandler, the 13-year-old boy who first accused Jackson of sexual misconduct during sleepovers at Neverland.
Adrian McManus, a former maid who spent years working for Michael Jackson, has doubled down on previous allegations she made in an interview with DailyMailTV during an appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday night
McManus’ claims come in the wake of the release of Leaving Neverland – an HBO documentary detailing Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck’s (pictured with the singer) allegations of long term abuse by Jackson
Jackson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau says the timely accusations are nothing more than a way for ‘opportunists to make a quick buck’ spurred along by the MeToo movement
Jordan and his family received a $20million settlement but Jackson’s estate never admitted any guilt or wrongdoing. He vehemently denied the accusations.
Ms McManus said there is no doubt in her mind that Jackson abused Jordan, among others.
Michael Jacobshagen was a star-struck 12-year-old when he claims he first landed himself on Michael Jackson’s radar.
After a brief interaction, he claims the superstar began bombarding him with love letters and that he was eventually invited to the Neverland Ranch.
He told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program the pair often watched Peter Pan and would spend time in the Jacuzzi.
Often, he said, Jackson was naked during these interactions.
He also claims Jackson would invite him to strip down as well but that he never felt comfortable to do so.
Michael Jackson has again been accused of being a child sex predator as the ten year anniversary of his death approaches
From 1990, McManus spent four years as Jackson’s personal maid – one of just a few staff to have access to the star’s bedroom, bathroom and secret chambers
Ms McManus started work at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in 1990, and after three months was trusted to clean his private suite
Jackson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau said the timely accusations are nothing more than a way for ‘opportunists to make a quick buck’ spurred along by the MeToo movement.
‘Some of these accusers have not just change their story slightly – they have done a 180… before you can defend yourself, you are almost judged guilty. We’re going a little too far I think right now and a lot of people on this particular movement are trying to capitalise,’ he said.
Another staffer, Neverland security guard Melanie Bagnall, corroborated elements of Ms McManus claims.
She said she once saw ‘a child sitting on his lap and he had his hands close to the boy’s genitalia. Like, cupping his genitalia,’ she said.
Detectives obtained a warrant to search the Neverland Ranch after the accusations from the Chandler family in relation to their son, Jordan.
Adrian McManus (pictured) was once a trusted employee at the King of Pop’s home, but she now says during her tenure she saw him fondling, kissing and predatory behaviour
The boy could allegedly describe marks on Jackson’s genitals.
The warrant allowed police to photograph Jackson’s naked body and investigators claimed photos taken matched the boy’s description, NBC reported.
When detectives arrived at the house, Ms Bagnall claims she had to show one man around.
‘When I was taking one detective around, he said ”this is paedophile heaven”,’ she said.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV earlier this year, McManus lifted the lid on the sick behavior she allegedly witnessed during the four years she worked at the Neverland ranch and is in no doubt her former employer was a ‘pedophile’.
She claims the star brought a long line of young boys into his bedroom and that she saw many troubling things while cleaning up after him.
McManus, 56, claimed she often fished Jackson’s and children’s underwear from the jacuzzi and baths at the home, and witnessed kids walking around barely clothed.
She said she found Vaseline and tampons next to Jackson’s bed and scattered around the house and recalls the singer having a strange obsession with photos of children.
Michael Jackson and Jordan Chandler visit The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, in 1992
‘There was a lot of Vaseline around Neverland, a lot in Michael’s bedroom,’ she recalled.
‘I didn’t question it, because he was my boss and you just do what you’re supposed to do, but I would wonder.’
McManus would often have to clean up after Jackson had boys over for long weekends.
‘I found underwear that were in the back of Michael’s main room and one of the closets and it was in the back of the filing cabinets,’ she said.
‘They were very hard, and crunchy, and yellow, but I didn’t know who they belonged to.
‘When I would go in to pick up Mr Jackson’s bedroom, many times when there were his special guests there, little boys, they were taking baths with him in his Jacuzzi. He had a Jacuzzi in the bedroom and I used to have to let the water out of the Jacuzzi, so I had to put hangers together in order to get to the middle of the Jacuzzi to let the water out.
Jackson waves to his supporters as he arrives for his child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria
Michael Jackson’s former maid has chosen to break her silence on what she saw while working at his Neverland Ranch
‘But Michael would have his underwear floating in the water and the little boys’ underwear floating in the water together. If they weren’t floating in the water, they were outside on the floor around the Jacuzzi. So I would find stuff like that.’
She added: ‘With all the little boys he would hold their hands and kiss them. And they would fight for Michael’s love. It was a strange environment to watch.’
The maid claimed she also saw books on masturbation in the bedroom and one time Jackson asked her to laminate photos of naked babies and have them put in his room for decoration.
But most disturbing was a large collection of VHS cassettes McManus believes contained ‘intimate’ footage the star filmed with children in the 1990s.
The maid believes the singer – who died a decade ago from drug abuse – hid the ‘damaging’ material from police by storing it in a movie projection theater away from the main house on the sprawling Neverland ranch.
Asked about the videos, she said: ‘I think they were of Michael with boys doing inappropriate things that had to be hidden, or they would have put him in jail. I think they were sex tapes.’
While McManus admits she never actually saw the contents of the tapes, she says Jackson’s behavior and the shroud of secrecy placed on the tapes has left her convinced of their more sinister nature.
‘After watching Michael with the boys and dealing with the way he was and what I saw and then hearing what I heard, I believe it to be true,’ she said.