5 Victims and Their Allegations Against Michael Jackson – All The Truth About King of Pop’s Child Abuse

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In the scandalous HBO’s documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’, which airs Sunday and Monday, two men accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them when they were children.

These two are not the only claimed victims, in total, Jackson has been publicly accused of abusing five boys. Keep on reading Nexter.org to know their stories.

First accuser – Jordan Chandler, 1993

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Jordan Chandler met Jackson in 1992, and one year later, he would publicly accuse Jackson of molesting him. According to testimony Chandler would later give in a civil lawsuit, the abuse included instances in which Jackson masturbated him and performed oral sex on him.

Jackson allegedly told the boy he would go to juvenile detention if he told anyone about their sexual encounters.

The two had shared a bed almost every night for more than three months.

Jackson treated Jordan, his mother, and his 6-year-old stepsister and also showered them with gifts and trips abroad to make them silent about the abuses.

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Jordan’s father, Evan Chandler, a prominent Beverly Hills dentist and part-time screenwriter, took his son to a child psychiatrist, and Jordan said he had been molested.

The psychiatrist reported the allegation to authorities, and the Los Angeles police and Santa Barbara sheriff’s department launched a joint investigation in August 1993. Jordan, who was then 13, was able to accurately describe Jackson’s genitals, including some identifiable markings, but police ultimately decided the investigation was inconclusive and filed no charges.

In January of 1994, Jackson settled with Chandler without admitting wrongdoing, and the boy’s family was paid $23 million. After receiving threats, Jordan and his family refused to cooperate further with the criminal case.

Second accuser – the maid’s son, 1993

According to a report by NBC News, authorities in the early 1990s investigation thought there might have been as many as eight or 10 other victims. A second boy, the son of a maid at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch told police during the investigation that the singer had fondled him.

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But he was a reluctant witness, at first denying the abuse to police and later saying he was only willing to testify if the first accuser did. When Jordan Chandler declined to participate in the criminal investigation, the second boy also declined to go on the record as he was ashamed. Jackson paid the boy a $2 million settlement.

During Jackson’s 2005 trial, when the second accuser was 24, he testified that Jackson had tickled and then touched him inappropriately on three separate occasions when he was 7, 8, and 10. He said each time Jackson slipped $100 bills in his shorts after the molestation and told him not to tell his mother.

Third accuser – Gavin Arvizo, 2003

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Gavin Arvizo was a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer when he met Jackson, who learned of the boy’s situation and sent him a basket full of toys in the hospital. When Arvizo had recovered enough to leave the hospital, Jackson invited him to the Neverland Ranch.

In 2003, the documentary Living With Michael Jackson aired, reigniting the public outcry over Jackson’s tendency to surround himself with children.

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Gavin and his younger brother testified in the trial, which began in 2005, that Jackson had showed them pornography, plied them with alcohol, which he called “Jesus juice,” and masturbated in front of them. Gavin testified that Jackson had abused him several times in February and March 2003, and his younger brother said he had witnessed the abuse.

Jackson’s lawyers called the boy and his family “grifters” and “thieves.” Jackson was acquitted.

Fourth accuser – Wade Robson, 2013

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Wade Robson, one of the two alleged victims to appear in Leaving Neverland, became publicly associated with the controversy when, as a 10-year-old, he told reporters in 1993 that he had been a part of harmless “slumber parties” in Jackson’s bedroom.

Robson, now 36, was just 5 when he met Jackson after winning a contest to dance onstage with him during a trip to Australia for a 1987 tour.

In 2013, after two decades of denying any abuse, Robson came forward with the claim that Jackson had molested him for seven years, starting when he was 7.

Fifth accuser – James Safechuck, 2014

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James Safechuck, the second alleged victim in Leaving Neverland, met Jackson in the 1980s when he was cast in a Pepsi commercial at age 10.

In 2014, Safechuck filed a lawsuit, later dismissed for being filed too late, claiming Jackson had abused him hundreds of times between the years 1988 and 1992. He said in his complaint that Jackson kissed his genitals and gave him jewelry as a reward for sexual favors. According to his allegations, their relationship became sexual during a trip to Paris, when he was staying in Jackson’s room and was allegedly introduced to masturbation.

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The abuse allegedly escalated to other forms of sexual favors. He said Jackson gave him alcohol before molesting him, and he said in the documentary that Jackson even staged a mock wedding of the two when Safechuck was just 10.

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According to Safechuck, who is now 40, the abuse continued until he was 14.


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