Jackson's Sex Accusations Resurface
Last week’s controversial British documentary, “Living with Michael Jackson,” which aired on a special edition of ABC’s “20/20” Thursday night, just refuses to die.
For starters, Jackson’s descriptions of sleeping with children — chastely, he insisted — during the course of the show has reportedly raised questions in the minds of investigators connected to the musician’s 1993 alleged sexual misconduct case. Jackson reportedly paid an undisclosed sum to settle with the family of a 13-year-old who was at the center of the case. (Some reports put the settlement at $15 million.)
In any case, no legal charges were ever filed, though the criminal case was never officially closed. Jackson, 44, has always denied any impropriety.
But now, the boy’s sworn affidavit has been published, in its entirety, on TheSmokingGun.com.
The teen, who is now 23 (PEOPLE.com is not disclosing his name), describes in his legal papers how Jackson allegedly fondled him in bed. “He then started kissing me on the lips, first brief then for a long period of time,” reads the affidavit.
Among other claims in the document: “Michael Jackson grabbed my buttock and kissed me while he put his tongue in my mouth. I told him I did not like that. Michael Jackson started crying … Michael Jackson then masturbated in front of me He told me when I was ready, he would do it for me … Michael Jackson told me that I should not tell anyone what happened.”
There has been no comment from the Jackson camp since the affidavit has been made public.
But on Sunday, in a statement issued in London, Jackson blasted the documentary in a statement, vehemently denying allegations of child abuse and saying, “I am bewildered at the length to which people will go to portray me so negatively.”
As for ABC’s ratings for the documentary, they went through the roof. It was watched by more than 27 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched programs of the current TV season, outranked only by episodes of NBC’s “Friends” and CBS’s “CSI” — though Jackson outrated both of those shows last Thursday.
Meanwhile, some snide journalists are calling it his first hit in years.