Have you ever encountered an article with the utmost lack of professionalism, or basic journalism? If so, then you will know what this article is going to be about already, by the sound of it. If you haven't, then you must get ready to be introduced to Maureen Orth's 10 Undeniable Facts About The Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Allegations. Aside from being one of the worst forms of tabloid journalism, this article's lack of basic facts, information, or credible resources is blatant when reading it. This article gained spite in the midst of the 2019 documentary, Leaving Neverland, when two accusers came forward and accused Jackson of sexually abusing them. Let's get into a bit of who Maureen Orth is.
Maureen Orth, born January 28, 1943, has been a writer and contributor for the news outlet Vanity Fair, since 1988. Since 1993, Orth became a correspondent for the magazine. Orth is widely known for interviewing Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, and other famous politicians. Aside from that, Orth has quite a history with Michael Jackson and reporting on him, and although nothing intensely direct of an interaction resided between the two (such as Diane Dimond being sued by Jackson), Orth published several inflammatory articles regarding Jackson, and then gained even more spite because of that.
The first article Orth published regarding Michael Jackson, was in January of 1994, which was titled Nightmare In Neverland, and one of the most commonly known articles which Orth published regarding Jackson, was none other than an article, Losing His Grip, which is about Jackson allegedly bathing in cow blood, to harm David Geffen and Steven Spielberg. Of course, Orth's reporting is the epitome example of tabloid journalism, which was full of lies and folklore surrounding Jackson.
You Call These Facts?
Surely there have been other resources, newspapers, books, and articles speaking of facts, but have presented nothing other than their outlandish opinions. But of course, how are you supposed to believe the same person who wrote a fictitious article about Michael Jackson trying to harm Spielberg, is reporting facts? But anyhow, this article is none other than what you would call, poorly researched, and confidently presented. Throughout the article, Maureen Orth details alleged facts about the Michael Jackson sex abuse allegations, which, in reality, only people who are easily manipulated by journalism have believed.
Without further ado, here are the alleged facts.
1) There is no dispute that, at age 34, Michael Jackson slept more than 30 nights in a row in the same bed with 13-year-old Jordie Chandler at the boy’s house with Chandler’s mother present. He also slept in the same bed with Jordie Chandler at Chandler’s father’s house. The parents were divorced.
Michael Jackson and the Chandler family first met in February of 1993, when he invited them to his famous, Neverland ranch. According to June Chandler (2005 testimony), Jordan Chandler begged to sleep in Jackson's room, because all the other kids were sleeping there, but June Chandler did not allow him to. It wasn't until one alleged incident, when Jackson allegedly begged and pleaded to June Chandler to let Jordan sleep in his bedroom, (this was not at Neverland), to which June Chandler allowed him to. This incident was neither proved nor clarified, and this was just based on June Chandler's 2005 trial testimony.
See June Chandler's testimony here
First of all, there's no other source that Jackson slept in Jordan's bedroom for over 30 nights, other than Victor Gutierrez, who isn't even worth mention. There's no one else who clarified this; yes, Jackson stayed at the Chandler's house for that long, but there's no proof that he slept in his bedroom with him for that while. This, is an unproven "fact" from Orth, who failed to prove almost half of the facts.
2) So far, five boys Michael Jackson shared beds with have accused him of abuse: Jordie Chandler, Jason Francia, Gavin Arvizo, Wade Robson, and Jimmy Safechuck. Jackson had the same nickname for Chandler and Arvizo: “Rubba.” He called Robson “Little One” and Safechuck “Applehead.”
It's more like, so far, you haven't still done the research you were supposed to in order to write an article with the word, facts, written in the title. This couldn't be further from the actual facts — for starters, of the only boys which Michael Jackson did not share a bed with, was Gavin Arvizo. Jackson and Arvizo admitted openly on Martin Bashir's cameras, that he did not sleep with Jackson on the bed, and instead, Jackson slept on the floor on a sleeping bag, or, as Arvizo put it — "packed blankets on the floor". Jackson and Arvizo freely admitted that Jackson slept on the floor, while Arvizo and his brother, Star, slept on the bed.
There's no proof that Jason Francia slept on Jackson's bed either — okay, he never did. However, he and his mother made claims inspired off of the Chandlers' allegations against Jackson, so they made similar claims against Jackson in 1995, which Jackson ended up settling for $2.4 million. Francia was not believed by the jury, and they denounced his testimony, which was full of unreliable and serious errors. Also, sharing the bed doesn't just necessitate sexual abuse, and just because James Safechuck, Wade Robson, Jason Francia, and Gavin Arvizo accused him, there's plenty of millions' of other children whom Jackson befriended who shared a bed with him, who also defended him — so this doesn't prove anything.
As for the nicknames, Orth — unless you suggest that Jackson molested plenty of other people (including his very own children) who he called the nicknames, Rubba and Applehead, then that has no relevance with anything. In fact, this nickname is just a childish, silly, and affectionate nickname used by Jackson to people close to him such as his children, and his other friends — Brett Barnes, Frank Cascio, Macaulay Culkin, and more. Jackson called virtually everyone this nickname and on top of that, he first used these nicknames with his nieces and nephews — Brandi Jackson, Taj Jackson, Steveanna Jackson, and more. According to one of Jackson's longest child friends, Emmanuel Lewis, the nickname Rubba, originated from Quincy Jones. These nicknames were used by Jackson for everyone, and do not prove that any of those mentioned boys were molested.
According to Mary Coller's testimony (another person saying the same), Jackson and Quincy Jones came up with the nickname, Rubba:
If nicknames were evidence of sexual abuse, we'd all be in jail by now.
3) Jackson paid $25 million to settle the Chandlers’ lawsuit, with $18 million going to Jordie, $2.5 million to each of the parents, and the rest to lawyers. Jackson said he paid that sum to avoid something “long and drawn out.” Francia also received $2.4 million from Jackson.
It doesn't matter that Jackson paid the settlement to the Chandlers', it doesn't prove anything. They themselves wanted the money. However, the sum of the settlement is wrong in of itself. In actuality, $15 million went to Jordan Chandler, not $18 million. This was revealed after the settlement documents were leaked, by Diane Dimond in 2004. Yes, Francia received $2.4 million from Jackson, because Jackson did not want to deal with all of these. Besides, Jackson wanted to avoid a "long and drawn out" civil court case, because you cannot settle a criminal case with a settlement (see here).
4) Michael Jackson suffered from the skin discoloration disease vitiligo. Jordie Chandler drew a picture of the markings on the underside of Jackson’s penis. His drawings were sealed in an envelope. A few months later, investigators photographed Jackson’s genitalia. The photographs matched Chandler’s drawings.
Why is this concept so very hard to understand? They strip searched, took photographs of, and compared Jackson's private parts with Jordan Chandler's description for reason. If they matched, then Jackson would have either been arrested, or it would have been admitted into evidence. Larry Feldman made sure that the pictures would be barred from evidence if there was a criminal trial. Besides, no one knows the details of the description and there have been several various different distortions of what it looked like. The overall? It's impossible to say that they matched, and brand it as a fact, with certainty, as Orth did. There's no proof that the pictures matched Jackson (Click here for more information).
5) The hallway leading to Jackson’s bedroom was a serious security zone covered by video and wired for sound so that the steps of anyone approaching would make ding-dong sounds.
Why not? Jackson was such a high class celebrity, who had a high security protocol, who also happened to have bizarre fans who foolishly parachuted into his home, and hid in his closet. Why wouldn't Jackson have that? Besides, it's not abnormal for celebrities to have security protocol as such in their homes. According to Lisa Presley, his then wife, he would be fearful that someone was trying to get him to retrieve his $1,000,000,000 catalogue. In fact, this alarm was not a secret, which was revealed in an interview with Kit Culkin, the father of Macaulay Culkin, one of Jackson's most famous child friends. Culkin also revealed, along with some other staff members, that they knew how to deactivate and active the alarms.
6) Jackson had an extensive collection of adult erotic material he kept in a suitcase next to his bed, including S&M bondage photos and a study of naked boys. Forensic experts with experience in the Secret Service found the fingerprints of boys alongside Jackson’s on the same pages. Jackson also had bondage sculptures of women with ball gags in their mouths on his desk, in full view of the boys who slept there.
Wrong. If Jackson had "bondage sculptures of women with ball gags in their mouths", then this would have been administered into evidence by the very adamant prosecutor, Thomas Sneddon. This was never mentioned in any of the items which were raided in 1993 and 2003. The police found no such items mentioned in Orth's "fact", which clearly show her innuendo, agenda, and motive. Secret Service? When was that mentioned anywhere? Besides that, the fingerprints of Gavin Arvizo and Star Arvizo were found on a magazine which Tom Sneddon gave them access to, pretrial, in which he tried to frame Michael Jackson. Besides that, the magazine was actually published after the Arvizos' left Neverland ranch (more information here).
7) According to the Neverland staff interviewed by the Santa Barbara authorities, no one ever saw or knew of a woman spending the night with Michael Jackson, including his two spouses, Debbie Rowe or Lisa Marie Presley. Rowe, the mother of two of Jackson’s children, made it clear to the Santa Barbara authorities that she never had sex with Jackson.
Which Neverland staff? Oh, the ones who wanted to sue Jackson for wrongful termination (and lost) because they stole items from Jackson (including his underwear) and sold it on eBay? Makes sense, they are totally reliable. Additionally, to correct more of this research, Jackson and Lisa Presley never lived at Neverland during their marriage, and instead, lived at Presley's Hidden Hills Estate, or at the Trump Tower. Jackson himself said that Neverland was like a weekend vacation for them. To add to this; Donald Trump implied that Lisa Presley and Michael Jackson used to have sex in his Trump Tower. It's obvious that Debbie Rowe was not in a romantic relationship with Jackson, and they just married because of Jackson's need for children. Besides, it is not proof, or anyone's business if Jackson did not have sex with either of his wives.
8) The parents of boys Jackson shared beds with were courted assiduously and given myriad expensive gifts. Wade Robson’s mother testified in the 2005 trial that she funneled wages through Jackson’s company and was given a permanent resident visa. Jimmy Safechuck’s parents got a house. Jordie Chandler’s mother got a diamond bracelet.
This is Orth implying that Jackson groomed the parents' of the boys, and the boys themselves. What does it mean when Orth is saying shared beds? She is trying to indirectly imply, that the boys Jackson allegedly abused, had gifts sent by Jackson to their parents. This is a far fetched stretch, and it's known that Jackson was very generous and bashful. Chris Tucker got a TV from Jackson's Neverland upon complimenting it. Jackson bought most of his friends, or complete strangers gifts. Brett Barnes shared a bed with Jackson, yet never accused him. What did his parents receive? Nothing as far as it is known. Jackson gifted his black, sequin glove and his famous Beat It jacket to a dying 14 year old, named David Smithee upon invitation to his Hayvenhurst (family home), where they played video games together. Jackson gave everyone gifts, and was very generous.
9) Two of the fathers of those who have accused Jackson, Jordie Chandler and Wade Robson, committed suicide. Both were estranged from their sons at the time.
These suicides had nothing to do with Michael Jackson. Imagine making an article about undeniable facts about Michael Jackson's sexual abuse allegations, and having such poor and little research to do it, that you include a point that both accuser's fathers committed suicide. Okay? How is that Jackson's fault? It's not. In fact, Joy Robson left her husband behind in Australia, despite his pleas for them to stay with him. This, has nothing to do with Jackson.
10) In a 2002 documentary, Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson told Martin Bashir there was nothing wrong with sharing his bed with boys.
Little boys? Michael Jackson never once stated that there was nothing wrong sharing his bed with boys, in all actuality, he stated that there was nothing wrong in sharing your bed with anyone, and not only did he state this in the 2002 documentary, but he also stated this in the 2003 Ed Bradley interview.
Michael Jackson's Statements on sharing his bed
This article was completely and utmost ridiculous and had no factual evidence in it. To be honest, if you read this article, it wouldn't add anymore information regarding Michael Jackson's allegations. These facts were a sorry excuse for poor journalism. This article promised to deliver facts but instead, delivered easily debunkable lies which do not add up in the slightest form. Maybe doing more research instead of adding fake facts to the list in this article would have been more useful then just writing useless and made up statements.