In Leave Neverland, Michael Jackson prosecutors Wade Robson and James Safechuck tell the alleged sexual abuse that they say they were dealing with Jackson when they were children, both during a tour with the pop star and during a visit to his famous Neverland Ranch. Both men discuss graphic details and describe different locations and circumstances in which they would have been misused as minors. This all raises a few questions: where were the Jackson employees, the handlers and the security tips when the abuse was committed? And how could they, like his friends and family, ignore the reported stream of young boys who entertained Jackson in his inner sanctuary?
As Vanity Fair'S Maureen Orth bluntly explained in its research history "Nightmare in Neverland," Jackson was "so highly valued business profitable machine, so & # 39; n valuable article . . . that almost no one, especially those CEOs and moguls who make millions of him, have ever questioned his motives: why this withdrawn human-child without familiar history of romantic relationships prefers to live a fantasy life in the company of children. ", an employee who spoke out against the superstar – worth an estimated $ 150 million in the 90s – put their jobs at risk. Most guests at Neverland Ranch also had to sign confidentiality agreements so they could not talk to the press or writing about what happened in the Jackson estate in Santa Barbara.
And, as Orth later wrote in her function "Neverland & Lost Boys," Jackson also used other intimidation tactics: "In 1993, armed members of tough South-Central LA gangs, including the infamous Bloods, were transported to Neverland. using these strengths would have sent a strong message to employees of Neverland who may have considered joining the Jordan Chandler study, not to mention the subliminal message it has given to other boys and their families, who might have thought of coming forward. "
There were some people from Jackson's innermost circle – relatives, friends, and former employees – who spoke out against Jackson, but in most cases their credibility was quickly dismantled by Jackson's powerful team of lawyers. As a reporter for The observer noted in 2005: "At no stage did a witness or victim report Jackson to the police, or try to stop the alleged abuse: they went to lawyers, gossip editors and television reporters, but never to social services."
Further on, a look back at the members of Jackson's inside circle who spoke out against the singer – and the ways in which many of them were questioned.
La Toya Jackson, Michael & # 39; s older sister: In 1993, La Toya broke with the united front of the family – that Jackson did not abuse the 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, as he was accused of – to demand a bomb attack. During a television interview with Today'S Katie Couric, La Toya claimed that her family knew something was wrong with Michael. Although she did not provide concrete evidence to support her claims, La Toya said that her and Michael's mother, Katherine, had been "indignant" to find "checks that were written … the parents of the little boys who would sleep." La Toya claimed that the checks had been found around 1984, and "were for a considerable amount of money." La Toya claimed Katherine said in response to the discovery: "I can" I am here for. He is nothing but a flicker. & # 39;
When she asked him why Katherine had not come forward, La Toya explained: & # 39; She denies it because she does not have it [financial] support [otherwise]. In other words, if she told the truth, Michael would drop everything and she would probably be on the street. So she has to stay with him. & # 39;
La Toya also held a press conference in Tel Aviv, where she told reporters: "I just think Michael needs help … This has been happening since 1981 and it's not just a child." She claimed she was no longer "a silent employee of his crimes against small, innocent children ". . . If I keep silent, it means that I feel the guilt and humiliation these children feel, and I think it is very wrong. & # 39;
After a period of alienation from her family, La Toya then claimed that she had been forced by her husband to say these things about Michael. After her recantation, she then restored her relationship with the Jackson family – although the sensational claims of La Toya against her brother did not stop with that marriage, or even with the death of Michael in 2009. CNN reported in 2009 that La Toya was allegedly paid to give an interview in which she claimed that her brother had been killed.
Although he later denied it, the London gossip press Daily Express also quoted Jackson's brother Jermaine in the nineties, when the validity of the claims against Michael was questioned: "I love him, but you have to wonder if there is perhaps no truth in it."
Blanca Francia, who worked as a Jackson girl from 1986 to 1991: In a 1993 deposition, Francia told the researchers that she had not seen Jackson touching improperly. But in 2005, the story of Francia changed – she accused Jackson of having a naked shower with Wade Robson. According to a Los Angeles Times report of her testimony from 2005: "Once, when [Francia] Jackson was cleaning the bedroom, she said, seeing Jackson and a child she believed [Robson] in the shower. The neon green Spider-Man underwear of the boy lay on the floor at Jackson's white briefs, she said. She said she was familiar with their underwear to do their laundry. & # 39;
Francia added that she also began to worry about Jackson's behavior around her own son, Jason, "Which she often took at the request of Jackson." Jason, 24 years old at the time of the lawsuit in 2005, also testified that Jackson sexually caressed him three times as a child. His mother reportedly paid a $ 2 million deal by Jackson. Her credibility came into question when it became known that Francia had also reportedly paid $ 20,000 for an interview with Copy after leaving Neverland.
Asked why she did not share the shower anecdote during her testimony from 1993, Francia replied: "I suspected that I was tired and nervous then."
Jackson & # 39; s former business adviser Myung-Ho Lee: Speaking with Orth for her 2004 Vanity Fair function, Lee said, while traveling around the world with Jackson, "he had a number of guests in his suite for the night – they were always boys in the range of 10 to 13 years old." Lee added, "I've never seen him share a suite with an older teen boy, a girl or an elderly woman, I thought it was very strange." He also told Orth about Jackson's legal tactics over the years. "Michael is very vindictive when someone tries to do something with him … If he has the upper hand, he will destroy you."
Ralph Chacon, a former Jackson security officer: Chacon testified during the lawsuit in 2005 that he saw Jackson giving oral sex to a young boy of 9 or 10 years, after Jackson and the boy had bathed in a jacuzzi at Neverland Ranch. & # 39; I saw that Mr. Jackson stroked the boy's hair, & # 39; claimed Chacon, adding that about a month later he saw Jackson kissing again with the same boy and his hand on the cross & # 39; the boy explained. Jackson's defense team, however, broke down to Chacon's credibility, according to The Washington Post, by asking the former guard about "an unlawful termination process that he had filed against Jackson, in which he reportedly wanted to earn more than $ 16 million." Chacon and an old maid were also found guilty of stealing Jackson's property assets, in excess of $ 50,000, and of accepting money in exchange for a gossip conversation.
Adrian Marie McManus, a former Jackson girl: Just like Chacon, McManus testified during the 2005 lawsuit that Jackson saw that boys were unjustly touched, including Macaulay Culkin. (Culkin long ago denied proper behavior at Neverland.) Jackson's defense team pointed out that McManus had been part of the unjust termination campaign against Jackson, hoping to earn more than $ 16 million. Like Chacon, McManus was found guilty of stealing items from Jackson's house and accepting money in exchange for a gossip interview.
Philippe and Stella Lemarque, a French couple who have been cooking in Neverland for almost a year: According to the Nightmare in Neverland & # 39; from Orth claimed the couple had seen that Jackson's sexual advantage was attracting young guests, particularly Macaulay Culkin, who denied that anything happened between him and Michael. The Lemarques described the Jackson's supposed modus operandi: keeping the kids awake all night with sound-and-light shows, games and video's until they were so overstimulated that they hardly noticed that he caressed. "
During the 2005 trial, Philippe claimed that he had witnessed one incident involving inappropriate behavior in the delivery of French fries to Jackson around 3 March. According to The observer& # 39; S description of his testimony, "when he entered the bedroom of Jackson, he saw [Jackson] and Culkin play an arcade game with Jackson's hand in the young boy's underpants. & # 39; I was shocked. I almost dropped the fries, "Lemarque said to the court. & # 39; (Culkin has repeatedly insisted on abuse.)
The couple lost credibility when it was discovered that they had tried to sell their story The National Enquirer, allegedly change details of their story in an effort to get more money from tabloid stores.
__ Eddie Reynoza, a prominent dancer in the "Thriller" music video who once befriended Jackson: __ "He had nine years around, nine o'clock around the clock, little boys around," Reynoza told Orth in her function "Nightmare" from 1994 in Neverland. "" People in the show business could not understand how long it took to get the conversation going. The audience is 100 years behind [the allegations]. "Reynoza added that others in Jackson's inside circle" looked the other way. They were afraid of being fired. & # 39;