Michael Jackson’s former attorney issued a statement describing how the late singer reacted following the police raid in November 2003 that left his Neverland home in a state of disarray, the Mirror reports.
Brian Oxman, Michael Jackson’s former lawyer, claims that the late pop star was so disturbed by the way his home was ransacked by the officers that he sat down on his desk and broke down in tears. After the police raid, which had around 70 members of Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department searching through his home, Michael felt so distraught that he never returned to his master bedroom, choosing instead to sleep in the guest house.
“It was an invasion of privacy, an invasion of his life,” Oxman told Radar Online. “He [Michael Jackson] could never go back to [the master bedroom].”
“The cops left the house in disarray and he left it the way they left it for years. He wouldn’t touch anything,” he added. “He [Michael] said ‘All of my precious things, all of my collections, all of my memorabilia has been touched and destroyed.”
A couple of days ago Radar Online released an exclusive footage showing the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department seizing a trove of Michael Jackson’s belongings as part of the child sexual abuse investigation against him.
According to the publication, the police raid discovered a trove of evidence which included photos of men, women, boys, and girls in various sex positions, drugs for treating sex addiction — prescribed by numerous physicians close to Michael Jackson. The detectives reportedly discovered a cache of porn that included transgender videos, bondage, and what appeared to be young male erotica.
The raid in Jackson’s home also uncovered mannequins and stuffed toys in each room. In the master bedroom, the officers discovered a hidden closet behind the bed. Secured by three deadlocks, the secret closet behind Jackson’s bedroom contained a signed photograph of Macaulay Culkin. The words “Don’t leave me alone in the house” were written on the photo.
Former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen told Radar Online that the disturbing photos and videos were used by Jackson to desensitize the children.
“A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time,” said the prosecutor.
The police document reportedly claimed that Michael Jackson had at least seven collections that showed boys in their teenage years — some of them younger — fully or partly nude inside his bedroom.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has recently responded to the reports, claiming that their department hasn’t released any documents in regards to Michael Jackson’s case to the media and that some of the contents have been taken from the internet and unknown sources.
It's like what we now know about OJ. How was this not used at trial? https://t.co/2ankKWFsYF— Josh Mankiewicz (@JoshMankiewicz) June 22, 2016
“Some of the documents appear to be copies of reports that were authored by Sheriff’s Office personnel as well as evidentiary photographs taken by Sheriff’s Office personnel interspersed with content that appears to be obtained off the internet or through unknown sources,” a spokesperson for the Department wrote to Vanity Fair.
“The Sheriff’s Office did not release any of the documents and/or photographs to the media. The Sheriff’s Office released all of its reports and the photographs as part of the required discovery process to the prosecution and the defense.”
Michael Jackson’s estate also responded to the allegations, claiming that the reports were an attempt to capitalize on anniversary of the popstar’s death. The statement also pointed out that all “14 salacious charges” against Michael were proven false, leading to his acquittal in 2005.
“Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara calls ‘content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through unknown sources’ is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael’s passing. Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael Jackson via sleazy internet ‘click bait’ ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on every one of the 14 salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch hunt.
“Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life even though he isn’t here to defend himself. Enough is enough.”
Do you think there’s truth to the reports claiming that Michael Jackson’s home had evidence that could have implicated him in the child molestation charges filed against him?
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