Michael Jackson reportedly spent $38 million buying the silence of at least 24 boys who accused him of molestation, according to secret FBI documents reportedly seen by a UK newspaper.
The documents, dating back to 1989, indicate Jackson groomed and molested starstruck young fans over a period of 15 years, The Sunday Mirror reports.
The FBI files include thousands of pages of evidence including private investigators’ reports, phone transcripts and audio tapes.
They include allegations that Jackson was caught by a member of his household staff groping a famous child star, watching porn movies while molesting another boy and fondling the genitals of a third boy in his private cinema.
Many of the private investigator reports were commissioned by Jackson.
The pop star hired private investigator to the stars Anthony Pellicano, who once worked for Elizabeth Taylor, to sniff out skeletons in his closet and make sure they stayed out of the media.
But FBI seized Pellicano’s files when they investigated him in 2002 for bugging Hollywood celebrities.
A private investigator who worked for Pellicano spoke to the Mirror on the condition of anonymity saying his boss worked ruthlessly to keep Jackson’s image clean amid allegations of abuse.
“I was hired by him to find out where the fires needed putting out and, in this case, where allegations would be coming from.
“But I have never worked on a case with as many potential claimants as the Jackson case,” the source said.
Australian-born choreographer Wade Robson, who is suing the deceased star’s estate claiming Jackson sexually abused him over a period of seven years, has now ordered his lawyers to contact the FBI about the files.
A source told the New York Daily News Robson, now 30 years old, hoped to find more accusers in the secret files to support his allegations.
“He feels his case could be helped if he could get another child or even more to come out and accuse Michael of similar crimes,” the source said.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.