Michael Jackson’s money and celebrity may have gone a long way in helping him avoid investigations and criminal charges stemming from allegations of sexual abuse according to the singer’s FBI file.
A source from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexual Exploitation of Children’s division relayed to the FBI a report he received about the singer molesting two Mexican boys between 1985 and 1986.
At the time, the FBI was alerted to these investigations, said the person making the report, who claimed he had been researching a book Jackson.
The probe was quickly dropped however according to the source, allegedly because of an upcoming honor Jackson was set to receive – from President Ronald Reagan.
It is not clear what honor though, and the highly publicized awarding of the Presidential Public Safety Commendation to Jackson occurred in 1984, well before these allegations were made.
Honoree: The FBI files that were released after the singer’s death detail a number of past probes into allegations of sexual abuse involving Michael Jackson (Jackson receivin an honor from President Reagan in 1984)
Details: A probe regarding his alleged abuse of two Mexican boys in 1985 or 1986 was reportedly dropped because he was set to be honored by President Reagan (FBI report above)
The writer told authorities in December of 1993 ‘that he had information that the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1985 or 1986, investigated allegations against Michael jackson for allegedly molesting two Mexican boys.’
He said ‘the Los Angeles Special Agent who investigated the incident was an Hispanic Agent,’ but the ‘Mormon’ Special Agent in Charge ‘did not pursue the allegations because Jackson was to receive an honor at the White House from the president.’
The member of LAPD who passed along this information said he was doing so to give the FBI’s Los Angeles division a heads up.
This was all covered up according to the individual who made the report, and the writer of the report certainly does not despite that claim, noting at the end: ‘Writer searched indices both manual and automated for any reference to the above mentioned investigation.
The report concluded by declaring: ‘No references were found.’
Around the same time this report was filed, prosecutors were dealing with the sudden silence of the young boy they thought could help them put Jackson behind bars.
Jordan Chandler was the of Jackson’s accusers to garner major media coverage, and a few months after he made allegations of sexual abuse, he and his family received a reported $23 million payout.
Then, he went silent.
Problems: Two criminal cases were also derailed because of the refusal of accuser Jordan Chandler to testify against Jackson (FBI report above)
Chandler refused to testify against Jackson in a criminal trial, thus killing any hope of a conviction.
Prior to that however, a grand jury did fail to indict Jackson in Santa Barbara County despite hearing Chandler’s deceleration.
That did not kill the case, but the case was finally closed when Chandler informed the district attorney he would not testify against Jackson even if a grand jury came back with an indictment.
An FBI report from over a decade later reveals that Chandler was again asked to testify in another case in September 2004 by FBI agents.
Chandler (above in May 1993) said he was sexually abused by Jackson at the age of 13, but refused to testify against him at trial after receiving a reported $23M settlement
While speaking with Chandler, the agents were informed that the former accuser again would not testify and if they attempted to force him on the stand would seek out any legal recourse available.
He was a multimillionaire by that time, and never once appeared at Jackson’s trial.
Instead, Jackson’s accusers – cancer patient gavin Arizo and his younger brother – were the lone voices speaking out against the singer while the likes of Macauly Culkin and Wade Robson testiofied in his defense.
Jackson was acquitted 36 hours after the jury began deliberating the verdict.
The claims made by Gavin were similar to the ones made a decade earlier by Chandler.
In both cases, the young boys were able to describe some of Jackson’s distinctive physical attributes that would not be visible unless he were almost fully undressed.
Once he was acquitted, Jackson – who had been facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges – left the country, moving to the island nation of Bahrain, located in the Persian Sea.
He eventually returned to the United States and had been preparing for his comeback tour in 2009 when he was found unresponsive inside his Holmby Hills home.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and were unable to revive the singer, who they declared dead at the age of 48 while still at his residence.