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Police Reports Surface Detailing Michael Jackson's Alleged Pornography Collection; Jackson Estate Responds
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a statement from the estate of Michael Jackson. Please find the statement in full below.
Radar Online released police reports Tuesday (June 21) that appear to be from the Santa Barbara Country Sheriff's Department in 2005 offering disturbing details of Michael Jackson's alleged pornography collection, seven years after the singer's death.
The 88-page report cites several picture books, magazines and videos containing images of nude and semi-nude children located during a raid at Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The items were also described as material intended to "groom" young victims and reduce their sexual inhibitions. The report also cites images of animal torture and sacrifice.
"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 representative of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in an email to Billboard. "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."
The rep continued: "The documents with a header titled Sheriff's Department that contain a case number appear to be Sheriff's Office documents. The photos that are interspersed appear to be some evidentiary photos taken by Sheriff's investigators and others are clearly obtained from the Internet."
Michael Jackson's nephew and Tito Jackson's son Taj also posted this tweet: "Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I'm truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours."
Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I'm truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 21, 2016
While charges of child molestation were brought against the pop icon in 2003, Jackson was acquitted in 2005.
The estate of Michael Jackson released the following statement on Tuesday evening (June 21):
Seven years ago this coming Saturday, the world lost an amazing artist and humanitarian devoted to helping children in need in all corners of the world. Michael Jackson's fans, including the Executors of his estate, prefer to remember the wonderful gifts Michael left behind instead of having to once again see his good name dragged through the mud by tabloid trash.
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 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.
The Estate of Michael Jackson