“Enough is enough.”
In a statement to Digital Spy today (June 22), a spokesperson for the Jackson estate said: “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.” This Saturday marks the seven year anniversary of Jackson’s death.
Yesterday, Radar Online published the police documents from a 2003 raid on Jackson’s California Ranch, which detailed items including pornography and nude images of children, some dating back to the 1800s.
The items were reportedly presented as circumstantial evidence after 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo came forward in 2003 claiming that he had been sexually abused and assaulted by Jackson on multiple occasions.
“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,” continues the statement.
“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.”
Michael Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson -also denied the allegations.
Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I'm truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours.
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 21, 2016
Among the items described by the legal documents are various books “depicting nude children.” However, none of the material within the books “meet the legal requirements to be considered child pornography.”
The report also includes the plaintiff’s claim that “the defendant possessed the material for the purpose of grooming.”
Yesterday, Radar spoke to Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who was part of the prosecution against Jackson, about the report.
“We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.”
Jackson was ultimately acquitted in 2005 after the jury found him not guilty on all 14 charges, which included four counts of molesting a minor, four counts of intoxicating a minor in order to molest him and one count of attempted child molestation.