Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), a self-proclaimed “King of Pop” was an American musician and one of the most successful and influential entertainers of all time, having set many record in the guiniess book world records such as most. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with an extremely highly publicized personal life along with frequent look changes, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for nearly 40 years.
When Michael Jackson was rumored to have molested Jordan Chandler, 80% of the public believed these allegations were false.
In 1993, Michael Jackson was accused of child abuse by Evan Chandler, on behalf of his 13 year old son, Jordan Chandler. Jackson and Jordan had become friends in May 1992, to the father’s disapproval and concern. The friendship became well known, as the media reported that Jackson became a member of the Chandler family unit. Under the influence of a controversial drug called sodium amytal administered by Evan Chandler, his son said that Jackson had touched his penis along with other sexual acts. Evan Chandler was tape-recorded on teh phone by Mrs Chandler’s current husband David Swarchtz threatening to damage the singer’s music career,and engaged Jackson in unsuccessful negotiations to resolve the issue with a a 20 million dollar screenplay deal which was labelled as extortion. Jordan Chandler then told a psychiatrist and later police that he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation, and blow jobs, as well as giving a description of the singer’s genitals.
Sodium Amytal was once considered a Truth Serum but is actually a mind-altering drug which puts the user in a comfortable state and makes him/her willing to discuss. It also allows anotehr person to implant memories into the users mind. Jordan Chandler was given the drug my his father, Evan Chandler who was working as a dentist at the time. The media as well as police authorites were puzzled why Evan Chandler would give his son Sodium Amytal if it was for his teeth treatment as Sodium Amytal is hardly ever used in dentist procedures. He denied using it to plant memories in his son’s mind.
By the summer of 1993, it was revealed that Jackson allowed children to sleep over at his Neverland ranch, a fact which came under much media scrutiny when child sexual abuse allegations were brought against him. Jackson became firm friends with Jordan Chandler and his family after a meeting in May 1992 ,when his car broke down.Their friendship became extremely close that the National Enqurier ran a featured story with the title “Michael’s New Adopted Family”, which implied that Jackson had “stolen” the boy from the father and become the newest member of the Chandler/Swarchtz family. Evan Chandler admitted jealous over Jackson’s influence on his son. Evan CHandler was also an aspiring film writer who thought he could make it big time with Michael’s help. However, after a period of time communications between Jackson and the father broke down further when Chandler asked, “Look, are you having sex with my son?” After Jackson denied doing so, Evan Chandler’s opinion of Jackson then changed, to the extent that he invited Jackson to build an extra room on their home so that the singer could move in with them permanently. However, Chandler’s concerns about the close friendship soon returned, and he tried to prevent Jackson from seeing his son by refusing to give Jordan back to her mother unless she signed a contract which restricted her to 2 days a week for a visit and he couldn’t come in contact with Michael Jackson. She refused to sign which led to further court battles.
On August 18, the “Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit” began a criminal investigation into Jackson. The same day, Jordan Chandler’s mother told police that she did not believe Jackson had molested her son. On August 21, a search warrant was issued, allowing police to search Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Police questioned 30 children who were friends of Jackson, with all denying that the singer was a pedophile. Police Officers used awkward tactics such as going to these childrens doors and saying things such as ” we have nude photos of your child and Mr Jackson” and “We have camera footage which shows Mr Jackson abusing your child”. No evidence was found against Mr Jackson and he did not have any charges made against him…for now.
In the winter of 1993, despite not seeing or speaking to her brother Michael for a few years, claimed that her brother was a serial pedophile and that she had proof, which she was prepared to write a book about. A bidding war between US and UK tabloids began, but fell through when they realized that her accusations were not what she had claimed them to be. Then in Israel she stated, “I cannot and will not be a silent collaborator in his crimes against young children… Forget about the superstar, forget about the icon. If he was any other 35-year-old man who was sleeping with little boys, you wouldn’t like this guy”. She also claimed that checks had been made out to several boys and that Jackson’s own physical abuse as a child from his violent father had turned him into an abuser himself. She would later claim that Jackson had tried to kidnap and kill her. The rest of the family said she was a liar and wanted to steal money from her brother. Later she claimed that her husband Jack Gordon had forced her to make these allegations against him for financial gain and would beat her if she didn’t.
In December 1993, Jackson was served with a warrant for a strip search of his body, as police wanted to verify Jordan Chandler’s drawing of Jackson’s genitals, and details of patches of vitiligo an illness Jackson was diagnosed with in the mid 1980s which caused white splotches on his skin, on his body. The order stated that officers were to examine, photograph and videotape Jackson’s entire body, “including his penis, anus, hips, buttocks and any other part of his body”.The warrant stated that refusal to comply would be used in court as a possible indication of guilt. The strip search took place on December 20 at Neverland Ranch. Those present for the prosecution were Tom Sneddon, a detective, a photographer and a doctor. All females were ordered to clear the area. Those present on behalf of Jackson were his two attorneys, a physician, a detective, a bodyguard and a photographer. The attorneys and Sneddon agreed to leave the room when the examination took place, and Jackson demanded that the prosecution detective should also leave, which he subsequently did. In an emotional state, Jackson stood on a platform in the middle of the room, took off all his clothes and was examined for approximately 25 minutes, although he was never actually physically touched The search report concluded that there were some strong similarities between Chandler’s description and Jackson’s body, but there wasn’t a definite match. Included in the inconsistencies was an inaccurate claim that Jackson had been circumsised.
In the end, Chandler and Jackson agreed to an out of court settlement in which Michael Jackson gave Chandler an approximate sum of 15 million dollars. Both parents were given 1 million each. This wasn’t much for Jackson to pay but the effect done to his career and image was collosal. The stress of these allegations forced him onto drugs.
After I studied this case, I had retained by belief throughout that Jackson was a sweet man who was an innocent victim of extortion. After his death in June 2009, Chandler admitted that he had lied under the influence of his father in order to stop being poor. Jordan Chandler could’ve just stabbed Michael in the back, it would have the same effect – killing him, but it wouldn’t have hurt him as much as he did by accusing him of being a pedophile.