Michael Jackson's bed remains a perhaps active pinnacle point of discussion among those whom enjoy discussions on Jackson and his behavior. Why? The most confusing part of it, is the notion that the gloved one only let young, preteen boys in there, while excluding others. The notion continues into the idea that Jackson slept in the same bed with those little boys doors closed, no parents, and all alone inside of the bedroom. This notion is very common, especially among those who disagree with Jackson. Since his bed remains a topic of misleading words and discussion, then I might just discuss it in an article.
Only Young Boys, No Young Girls Allowed!
Blah, blah, blah — anything else you would like to add? I thought not. Jackson did not only allow young boys into his bedroom, and completely disregard young girls — why doesn't anyone understand this notion? How hard is it? Jackson allowed all children into his bedroom, and there were always others present inside of the bedroom. If there was not, such as occasions where Jackson *might've slept in the bedroom with children alone, such as Brett Barnes spending nights on tour with Jackson, then that still isn't a sign of criminal behavior. You know why? Brett Barnes, the boy inside of the room, said nothing sexual ever happened to him, and remained ardent even till now, as an adult. So if the other boys who accused Jackson should be believed by others, why not Barnes? He said nothing happened to him, so that is what happened, period — no further discussion.
As for the young girls who slept in Jackson's bedroom, there are plenty. Examples? Sure. Here is the story of Nicole Richie, one of Jackson's young child friends who just so happened to be a female:
"Nicole, in particular, supported Jackson against the charges of improper sexual behavior with children. To that end, she offered tales of her own childhood romps at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, during which she often slept in Jackson’s bedroom. “You know, a group of us would all sleep in the same room,” she said. “It was like, absolutely nothing more than just…an adult kind of wanting to be a kid again. Just, you know, enjoying the company of children. I grew up with him. I have spent many evenings there and many days there.” Noting that she could “only speak for myself,” she still added “that absolutely nothing went on.”
More examples? How about Jackson's hairdresser's daughter, Lottie Rose:
“Lottie Rose: He would allow me to bring my daughter with me. She would stay the nights and slept in Michael’s bed. I would be working on him. At Neverland, because the drive was so long, I would stay and we would have our own little room.
It was also revealed in Jackson's young cousin Simone Jackson's testimony in 2005, that she shared his bed with him:
Did you ever spend the night in Michael Jackson’s room?
So much for the boys spending nights alone with Jackson and their significance. We learned that Jackson slept in the bed with Simone Jackson alone, and nothing happened.
Do we need more examples? If so, then there are plenty others [proceed here].
Believe it or not, Jackson treated all children equally and did not favor boys over girls. Kit Culkin, Macaulay Culkin's father, revealed in his book Lost Boys, that Jackson did not spend more time with his boys than his young girl daughters:
"I should here say that Michael ever seemed to genuinely like all of my kids (as they did him) and quite equally so. I noticed, for I never found him in his visits or ours to be exclusionary or one to play favorites (holding one or some in higher esteem than the others: this sort of things). Indeed, he seemed ever to treat them all quite democratically and as though they were all of them (himself included) brothers and sisters of equal standing. I have heard it reported that Michael always wanted to play only with boys (just as boys usually only want to play with other boys, I suppose), but I never noticed this to be true. My six year old daughter Quinn (who, as her name would imply, was my fifth child) was always included in the activities that Michael would often plan and was always made to feel as though she was a part of the whole gang. As I say, Michael always treated my kids quite equally."
Does this work to shatter the myth? It certainly does.
'Behind Closed Doors'
For this notion of Jackson closing the door of the bedroom when he shared it with children, which is completely false, none other than Jackson's most famous child friend Macaulay Culkin will be used to dispel this rumor. From Culkin's testimony at Jackson's 2005 trial, Culkin clarifies what he would call, Jackson's "open door policy":
Q. Can we assume from that your parents never came into the room while you were in bed with
Despite the above testimony being sufficient enough, June Chandler's testimony at the 2005 trial could also be used to dispel this rumor; the testimony reveals she was allowed to enter Jackson's bedroom at anytime, because she was "Jordie's mother":
And why were you in the bedroom those ten times?
Surprisingly enough, Joy Robson could also be used to dispel this rumor. From her testimony at the 2005 trial:
Did you go into Mr. Jackson’s room at all hours of the day?
These should be enough testimonies used to prove that Jackson's bedroom was never locked, or closed to the parents of the children whom he spent time with.
Jackson Maintained This & The Adults
Michael Jackson always maintained that he did not just allow young boys inside of his bedroom, neither was there anything sexual going on there. In fact, he mentioned explicitly that he would never do anything sexual to a child. From Jackson's Primetime Interview with Diane Sawyer in 1995, here's what he said:
Diane: …What is a thirty-six year old man doing, sleeping, with a twelve year old boy? Or a series of them?
Jackson stated it was never just boys who entered his bedroom, rather it was all children [see here].
Believe it or not, but there were also fully grown adults who shared Jackson's bed, or slept in his bedroom. William B. Van Valin, a heterosexual man whose family befriended Jackson, said the following about Jackson's bedroom and how he slept there:
“In Michael’s room there was a couch with a King sized roll out bed in it. It was always in the rolled out position and it was always turned down like you were in a hotel. It faced the biggest TV I’d ever seen at that time. We would put in a movie, order from the kitchen whatever we were hungry for and watch movies until late at night. If Michael fell asleep while we were watching a movie, I would turn the volume down slowly, unplug it (because if I used the controller it made a loud noise as it turned off ) and quietly leave the room and go home. I remember I did this one night and was tiptoeing to the door when I heard Michael say, “See you tomorrow, Barney.” For whatever reason, it was very difficult for Michael to sleep. So, if he fell asleep I was always careful to let him stay that way. Sometimes he’d ask me to read something to him and I’d find a book and just read it out loud then slip away when it seemed he was asleep.”
Jackson spent time with everyone in his bedroom, was he sexually abusing these adults, too? Definitely not. And for conclusion, here's an excerpt from Frank Cascio's book titled My Friend Michael, which explains his relationship with those children, and his bed sharing:
“In Bashir’s interview, Michael was shown holding Gavin’s hand and telling the world that kids slept in his bed. Anyone who knew Michael would recognize the honesty and innocent candor of what he was trying to communicate. But Bashir was determined to cast it in a different light.
Jackson's bedroom issues were nothing but overblown speculation.
Jackson's bedroom was nothing dark, sinister, or secretive to which he hid from the public. Of course there were allegations that Jackson did something wrong in the bed with some boys, but there's nothing they said which cannot be disproved or dispelled by someone else who knew Jackson. Many of the boys whom were friends with Jackson defended him against these allegations, and also shared his bed. Jackson's bed sharing was made into a big deal by the public and others who wish to cast Jackson in a terrible light. Jackson's bedroom was open for all, and the assumptions of what went on there (allegedly) are nothing but baseless allegations, speculations, and assumptions, nothing of which could be proved.