*Radar Online posted an 88-page police report Tuesday (June 21) that appears to be from the Santa Barbara Country Sheriff’s Department in 2005 revealing disturbing and graphic details of Michael Jackson’s alleged pornography collection, seven years after the singer’s death.
The report cites several picture books, magazines and videos containing images of nude and semi-nude children located during a 2003 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.
A rep for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department told Billboard that the documents obtained by Radar appear to mix actual official reports with unsourced content off the internet.
“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,” said the rep. “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.”
With that, Michael Jackson’s estate responded with a statement Tuesday evening (June 21) underscoring the Sheriff Department’s conclusion about the documents and writing the entire story off as “click bait” and “tabloid trash.”
Read the statement in its entirety below:
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.