Michael Jackson never paid $35 million to silence 24 kids he sexually molested and cover up his crimes by hiding incriminating files from the court during his 2005 child molestation trial, so says Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who successfully defended the superstar in the trial.
Tom was making reference to the very damaging report published by Britain’s PEOPLE magazine, where it was alleged that Michael would disappear with the kids, watch child pornography with them and sexually abuse the kids even in the presence of their unsuspecting parents. The report goes on to say that Michael hired a private investigator to clear up incriminating FBI files – reportedly numbering thousands of pages – and hide them away from the courts during the 2005 trial.
But Mesereau faulted the report, saying that ‘it’s sickening that people are still trying to profit and exploit Michael Jackson in death.’
‘Remember, in 2009, the FBI released their files relating to Michael Jackson and even though some of it was redacted, there were absolutely no findings of any wrongdoing on behalf of my client,’ Mesereau told RadarOnline. ‘Leading up to the 2005 molestation trial, the Santa Barbara District Attorney was working with the FBI and Interpol and they came up with no evidence of any sexual abuse.
‘Believe me, if they had such information, it would have been presented at the trial.’
Tom went on to say that the County of Santa Barbara District Attorney regularly flew to the FBI’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., during the 2005 case in attempt to find ‘any evidence against Michael but they ‘never got it’.
He then alleged that the damaging report might be linked to the ongoing wrongful death trial against concert promoters AEG, noting however, that he ‘can’t prove it.’
A source close to the Jackson family also cast doubts over the allegations, saying that the star has never been indicted despite Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services investigations and multiple interrogations. ‘Michael was interviewed for hours without his lawyer. He held nothing back. He couldn’t understand why these allegations were being made against him. DCFS cleared him on any wrongdoing in all its investigations. Michael was fully cooperative during all of his interactions with DCFS,’ the source said.
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