The court permits a seizure from the home of the woman who pays Jackson's bills

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 24, 2004 09:00 AM

More trouble in Neverland: Authorities raided the Los Angeles area home of Michael Jackson’s personal assistant as part of their investigation into molestation allegations against the star, the Santa Barbara News-Press reports.

Although the assistant’s name was blacked out in court documents released Wednesday, the Associated Press says the woman has been identified as Evelyn “Evvy” Tavasci, 46, of Sherman Oaks. She reportedly has worked for Jackson for more than a decade and, according to former business associates of the entertainer, pays Jackson’s personal bills.

Tavasci declined to speak to the News-Press, citing the court-imposed gag order in the case. Jackson, 46, is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 31 on charges of child molestation and conspiracy allegedly involving a 14-year-old boy. He has pleaded not guilty.

The court documents show that Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, who ordered that a list of the seized items be sealed, approved the search.

Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau called the Sept. 15 search a violation of attorney-client privilege, because items seized relate to the singer’s legal representation, including three folders labeled “Mesereau.”