Michael Jackson Free... to Sleep with More Boys
[Posted 14 June 2005]
Back in the 90s, some of the first celebrity gossip I heard after moving to
the Los Angeles area was about Michael Jackson -- "He doesn't like women," a Venice
musician told me. The same musician laughed when I didn't know that Little
Richard was gay. Yeah, I was in my 20s and didn't know much at all
about a lot of professional musicians,
even though I liked their music immensely. "OK Pam. This... is a straight wrist,"
the musician told me. "This... is a limp wrist. Straight wrist... limp wrist.
Straight wrist... limp wrist." And so Pam learned that Little Richard is gay.
The Venice musician didn't elaborate about Jackson though, which is something I found
always happened when people from the music industry described Jackson. Yes,
he was definitely gay, but no regular boyfriends were mentioned. No hanging out at
gay bars. Nothing that a regular gay guy might enjoy doing.
Just, he was gay, and they didn't want to mention anything else
they may have known, other than occasional speculation on why Jackson was so
Then Jackson became the hot gossip topic in '93 when first accused of
child molestation, at least publicly. The worst I heard about the entire situation
was from a woman who said her husband was a sort of "gangster," that she was
attracted to gangster types. (Goood grief.) She told me that "these parents sell their kids into
sexual slavery" to Jackson. Well, that kind of statement is too hot for me to
touch. Whether true or not, the circumstances surrounding the '93 victim
were fairly disturbing when I finally
read them years later. There's no way that a child
could make all of that up, and I doubt any kid could remember all of the details
under redundant questioning techniques used by police -- something that police said
both the '93 accuser and the current
accuser passed. Plus the '93 accuser didn't have the
iffy parents of the current accuser. His stepfather owned a car rental company,
and his natural father was a "dentist to the stars," neither of them apparently
hurting for money. After Chandler's natural father won custody of him in '93,
Chandler cut off ties with Jackson and reported the sexual incidents at Neverland
to police. Then Jackson paid the boy off with millions of dollars -- most
reports in the UK say around $20 million, and apparently the child's parents let
him keep most or all of the money. So there was more to the '93 case than
parents looking for money from Jackson. The victim's mother was allowing
too much to happen obviously, whether due to monetary incentives or just being
extremely naive. Nevertheless, the father behaved normally, and the child's account
was too convincing.
Now Jackson claims that he won't share his bed with children again: "SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Basking in the jurors' decision to acquit his client of
all counts, Michael Jackson's lawyer suggested Tuesday the singer will no longer
share his bed with young boys.
"During an interview on NBC's 'Today' show, Katie Couric asked attorney Thomas
Mesereau Jr. whether or not Jackson would continue to share his bed with children.
Mesereau, while refusing to admit that Jackson ever said he shared his bed with
children [Excuse me -- didn't he admit to that on video, in the documentary?],
did say the singer would no longer allow children into his room
'because of the false charges that were brought here.'
Well, it's about time. It'd seem that even if he were terribly naive, and
had the personality of an
overgrown child as some spin doctors try to put out there, the past
cases would have convinced a normal person to stop the sleepovers back in the
90s. Hey, I like men, and I love children, but I don't sleep with teenage
boys at all.
And I stopped climbing into bed with my parents when I was just a small child.
I've never even heard of a grown man having sleepovers with other peoples' children.
And the jurors seemed to agree that this behavior was pretty odd:
"Jurors may have acquitted Jackson of all charges of molesting a 13-year-old
cancer survivor, but not all of them were convinced the King of Pop had never
molested a child.
"'He's just not guilty of the crimes he's been charged with,' said Ray Hultman,
who told The Associated Press he was one of three people on the 12-person panel
who voted to acquit only after the other nine persuaded them there was reasonable
doubt about the entertainer's guilt in this particular case.
"Prosecutors presented testimony about Jackson's allegedly improper relationships
with several boys in the early 1990s, including the son of a maid who testified
that Jackson molested him during tickling session between 1987 and 1990. Another,
Brett Barnes, took the stand to deny that he was molested during sleepovers at
"But Hultman said he believed it was likely that both boys had been molested.
He said he voted to acquit Jackson in the current case because he had doubts
about his current accuser's credibility.
"'That's not to say he's an innocent man,' Hultman, 62, said of Jackson.
"Some jurors noted they were troubled by Jackson's admission that he allowed
boys into his bed for what he characterized as innocent sleepovers.
"'We would hope first of all that he doesn't sleep with children anymore and
that he learns that they have to stay with their families or stay in the guest
rooms or the houses or whatever they're called down there,' jury foreman Paul
Rodriguez said. 'And he just has to be careful how he conducts himself around
"Now free, Jackson ready to make changes", 14 June 2005,
Personally, I doubt that the sleepovers will stop, or that they were ever entirely
innocent. And this did trouble the jury -- that Jackson might continue with his
behavior if they let him walk free. So unlike Jackson fans who were cheering
the verdict yesterday, I have a couple of pieces of advice:
1.) Parents, stop taking your kids to Neverland. Isn't it obvious that SEVERAL
other families have said awful things happen there? Take your kids to
a zoo or commercial amusement park -- a GENUINE business establishment -- for fun.
Yeah, it'll be crowded and probably cost you more, but at least you'll have
better control over where your children go and what happens to
2.) Michael, that's what gay bars are for. Find a few and learn how to use them.
You can find young-looking 20-year-olds who aren't illegal to date. Not
everyone agrees with the
law that children have to be 18 years old to consent, but age laws are there and
a lot of people do agree with them. That's partly
because adults can exert a lot of pressure on teenagers that they're not yet
mature enough to handle. So donate to a hospital or orphanage if you
really love children, and keep the hands off of other peoples' kiddies.
The disturbing thing about this case is that Jackson probably will go back to his
old habits. With Robert Blake or O.J., they had it in for their wives and that was
it. It's very unlikely they'd pull the same thing, especially since their freedom
seems to mean so much to them. But with Jackson... I don't know. It seems this
is a big part of his personality, and that it takes a lot for him to change.
By the way, I do admire Robert Blake for one thing -- his response to a reporter
after he was acquitted, who asked Blake who he thought really had killed his wife.
"Shut uuup!" Blake yelled. He just wasn't going to lie about it --
after all, wasn't it obvious?