Michael Jackson is arguably one of the most famous and controversial figures of the 20th Century. During his lifetime, he was confronted by several allegations including that of sexual molestation by two 13 year old boys; Gavin Arvizo and Jordan Chandler. There are many allegations made after the singer's death in 2009 by a familiar Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accused the singer of molesting them when he was on his 'Bad' tour, and shortly afterwards. Where does the truth lie amidst these allegations shrouding Jackson's legacy and image? Well, to help answer this question, here are a number of facts about Jackson's innocence which cannot be refuted.
Fact #1 — Michael Jackson Was Acquitted In Court
There's no denial that Michael Jackson was acquitted in the court of law on June 13, 2005 in front of a judge and jury when all the evidence and facts were presented to be examined. Minimal evidence against the singer could be presented by the prosecution, that of which mattered or had any significant relevance to the case. In fact, most of this evidence was overlooked by the prosecution themselves and wasn't introduced by the prosecution, neither did the defense gain the chance to examine it. More than 100 witnesses were used by the prosecution against Michael Jackson, while the defense only brought forward a minimum of 50 witnesses. This alone could be used to vindicate the singer and exonerate him of the crimes alleged against him.
Fact #2 — Other Young Friends Denied Sexual Abuse
There are several other young friends of Michael Jackson who denied the abuse staunchly both in and out of court. Believe it or not, among them was Wade Robson, the boy who accused Jackson of sexual abuse in the 2019 documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. Plenty examples of young boys who were friends with Jackson denied any sexual abuse from the singer and gave compelling testimonies in court — these boys were: Brett Barnes, Macaulay Culkin, Corey Feldman, Emmanuel Lewis, Frank Cascio, Eddie Cascio, Dominic Cascio, all nephews and family (the boys), Omer Bhatti (never confirmed nor said anything about sexual abuse; defended Jackson and called him a 'father-figure'), and plenty of other boys who denied sexual abuse from the singer are present. Most of these boys such as Culkin and Barnes testified in the court of law when Jackson was being tried for 14 counts including 10 counts of child molestation [Culkin's testimony].
Fact #3 — Michael Jackson Denied Molesting Children
Although this may be deemed an 'irrelevant' fact about the allegations, since many abusers and offenders do deny that they abuse children, this still holds and what Jackson said in his own defense regarding these allegations matters. Michael Jackson appeared on several interviews throughout his lifetime where he defended himself from allegations of child molestation and denied them. Such examples of these interviews could be — The Primetime interview in 1995, Barbara Walters interview in 1997, Ed Bradley 60 Minutes Australia interview in 2003, Martin Bashir interview(s) in 2002 and 2003, Geraldo Rivera interview in 2005, and plenty of other interviews. Jackson denied molesting children and witnesses often claimed that Jackson would cry because of how there were allegations against him pertaining to such; also, Jackson apparently wrecked and turned a whole entire hotel room upside down upon hearing the allegations made by Jordan Chandler in 1993, when he was in a hotel room.
Fact #4 — Michael Jackson Did Not Close His Bedroom Door
Michael Jackson shared his bed with children [see here] which was probably one of the most controversial practices of his lifetime, which was criticized mostly by the public. It was revealed in interviews with children who were friends with Jackson in 1993 that they shared Jackson's bed with him at Neverland, when they were however, defending him. Such interviews could be The Sun's interview with Brett Barnes, when he admitted that he shared a bed with Jackson, who slept on the other side of the bed. Since then, Jackson publicly admitted that he shared his bed with children in innocent sleepovers, such as the Primetime interview in 1995 with Diane Sawyer, or the Martin Bashir interview(s) in 2002 and 2003 (these interviews gained the most controversy), and the Ed Bradley 60 Minutes Australia interview in 2003 [Jackson's statements regarding sharing his bed]. It was revealed in Macaulay Culkin's 2005 testimony [see here] that Jackson never did close the door when he shared his bed with children and had something which he would call an "open door policy", which speaks volumes when considering this case.
Fact #5 — The 1994 Settlement Was Not A Payoff
Another one of the most controversial aspects of Jackson's life is when he chose to settle with the accusing party in the 1993 case against him — Jackson settled for a sum of $20 million with the Chandler family and $15 million went to Jordan Chandler, the 13 year old boy. The case settled was a civil lawsuit waged against him by Evan Chandler, who was the father of the boy who accused Jackson of sexual abuse. The civil suit was settled in 1994, but this still did not hinder the active criminal investigation against Jackson which stopped due to the lack of evidence present to even indict Jackson. It wasn't until Jordan Chandler and his family refused to testify in court after taking the settlement from Jackson, when the criminal investigation ceased [see here].
Fact #6 — Jackson Was Visibly Against Sexual Abuse
Revealed through Jackson's unreleased song 'Do You Know Where Your Children Are' released in 2014 by Jackson's Estate as part of an 'Xscape' album consisting of the singer's unreleased songs, it shows Jackson's activism against child sexual abuse. The song was written and recorded by Jackson before the allegations of child molestation appeared in 1993 and it was recorded during the 'Bad' recording sessions for his 1991 album 'Dangerous'. The song's plotline revolves around a young girl who ran away from home after being sexually abused and groomed by her stepfather. Besides this, the song also pleas for parents to be aware of their children in cases such as sexual abuse. Jackson refused to release the song when there were allegations against him, so that no one would think he was trying to cover up the allegations against him. He also feared that the song would be taken in the wrong way after the allegations. This song proves that Jackson was against child molestation and was going to go public against this issue.
Fact #7 — Michael Jackson Wrote A Letter To His Nephew
Michael Jackson wrote a letter to his nephew Taj Jackson's mother Dee Dee upon hearing that Taj Jackson was apparently sexually molested by an uncle from his mother's side of the family. Jackson wrote a letter to Dee Dee, asking her to read an article about family members sexually molesting children to all the children of Tito Jackson, most importantly Taj Jackson. Jackson's letter could be found on the internet through a Google search. Taj Jackson always stated that Jackson was a 'support system' for him and his family when he was molested.
Fact #8 — Michael Jackson Did Not Only Befriend Boys
Believe it or not, Jackson did not only befriend young preteen boys — he actually befriended young girls too. Many examples of Jackson's friends who were young girls could be found on the internet; some of them are Nicole Richie, Lala Romero, Kellie Parker, Rashida Jones, Kiddada Jones, Lilly Davis, Paris Hilton, Karlee Barnes, Marie Nicole Cascio, Marielle Tourelle, and plenty of others [see here]. Many of the young girls in the families of the supposed young boys whom he was friends with, were also friends with the 'Thriller' singer.
Fact #9 — Michael Jackson Had Disabled Boys As Friends
Jackson befriended many disabled children in his lifetime, those who couldn't be molested by the superstar. Jackson befriended the AIDs patient Ryan White from Indiana, at a time when no one would befriend patients of AIDs, because they feared the disease would be contagious. However, this didn't stop Jackson from befriending young Ryan White and inviting him to his Neverland ranch, coming to his house, and calling him on the phone. Jackson also dedicated a tribute to White after White's death in 1990, on his 'Dangerous' album with a single 'Gone Too Soon'. Jackson also wrote a poem dedicated to White in his book 'Dancing The Dream', with the name of 'Ryan White'. Jackson also befriended a young boy by the name of Dave Dave, whose body was 99% burnt by his father. Jackson befriended him from his early 'Thriller' era days until his death in 2009. According to Dave Dave, Jackson was there for him whenever he needed him and even gave him a job as a carrier at Neverland ranch when no one else would due to his burn condition. He also named Jackson as a 'father-figure' for him. If Jackson's interest in young boys was sexual, then he certainly wouldn't have befriended these boys.
Fact #10 — The Biggest Evidence of Jackson's Innocence
Among the several facts and pieces of evidence used to prove Jackson's innocence are all very relevant, however none as much as this; revealed in Conrad Murray's trial, privately recorded tapes of Jackson speaking to Murray half asleep under sedation were presented to the court, which completely vindicates Jackson. Jackson mentioned and revealed his care for children which was completely innocent and his ambitions for building a children's hospital for children with game rooms and movie theaters, confirming the incentive behind building theaters at his Neverland ranch. These tapes also revealed that Jackson referred to all children of the world as "my children", which completely proves his innocent [see here].