Days before HBO's "Leaving Neverland" shone a light on the pop star's alleged sexual misconduct, brokers slashed the property's price from $69 million to $31 million.
Got a tough listing? It could be worse. Imagine trying to unload Michael Jackson's or Phil Spector's onetime home. That's the reality for several brokers currently selling properties inextricably tied to very public acts of molestation and murder, respectively.
What binds the two is the visibility of the scandals: Both Spector's crime and Jackson's alleged misdeeds ended up as HBO movies. "So many houses in L.A. have a history. All the great ones do," says Hilton & Hyland's Ladd Jackson, who has the listing for Spector's former estate — known as Pyrenees Castle — in Alhambra.
The nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom French chateau, which is listed for $5.5 million, is where Lana Clarkson was murdered by the music producer in 2003. "The incident happened 20 years ago. Big deal. I get it," says Jackson. "The house is an amazing piece of history, and, truthfully, the incident was just a momentary event."