Investigators armed with a search warrant swarmed Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch today (Nov. 18). Authorities from the Santa Barbara (Ca.) County sheriff's and district attorney's offices served a
Investigators armed with a search warrant swarmed Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California today (Nov. 18).
Authorities from the Santa Barbara County sheriff's and district attorney's offices served a warrant at the singer's sprawling home in the Santa Ynez Valley at about 8:30 a.m. PT, as part of an "ongoing criminal investigation," according to a recorded statement on a media information line.
Detectives were expected to be gathering evidence all day. No one was arrested, and as of midday there was no arrest warrant issued.
Jackson and his three young children were not at the ranch at the time of the raid, according to a spokesperson, who added that for three weeks Jackson and his family have been in Las Vegas, where the artist was filming a video.
The spokesperson declined further comment, saying he lacked detailed information about the investigation.
As the raid was under way, Court TV reported that the warrant was tied to allegations brought by a 12-year-old boy. Nearly 10 years have passed since the 45-year-old singing superstar faced a child-molestation investigation in a case that never resulted in criminal charges.
Jackson is said to be connected to Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, who has begun serving federal prison time for possessing illegal explosives, and is being investigated about whether he secretly taped conversations of celebrities and their lawyers. Pellicano, 59, reportedly worked for Jackson while the singer was under investigation for child molestation in the early 1990s.
The search came on the same day Epic released "Number Ones," a greatest hits collection featuring Jackson's new single, "One More Chance." On Nov. 26, CBS is scheduled to air a Jackson special consisting mainly of old concert footage.
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