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Six facts about Michael Jackson’s abuse allegations

Six facts about Michael Jackson’s abuse allegations

Six facts about Michael Jackson’s abuse allegations

Jordan Chandler (right) was the first boy to publicly accuse Jackson of abuse in 1993 after his father became suspicious of his son and the star's close relationship.  Photo: Getty Images

Jordan Chandler (right) was the first boy to publicly accuse Jackson of abuse in 1993 after his father became suspicious of his son and the star’s close relationship. Photo: Getty Images

Explosive release Leaving Neverland the documentary threw the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson back into the spotlight.

And while the King of Pop has never been criminally convicted, five men now claim they were groomed, abused and manipulated by Jackson as children in the 1990s.

In light of the new allegations, Yahoo has rounded up six of the most horrific facts about Jackson’s alleged abuse of the boys: Jordan Chandler, Jason Francia, Gavin Arvizo, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck.

A boy could correctly identify the markings on the underside of Jackson’s penis

In 1993, Jordan Chandler he drew for the police a picture of the markings on the underside of Jackson’s penis and sealed his drawings were sealed in an envelope.

Months later, Jackson was subject to a police search in which authorities photographed his penis to compare it to a description given by Jordan — and they matched.

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Police said in 2005 that Jordan’s knowledge of Jackson’s body “could only have been acquired in the course of a close and intimate relationship with (him)”.

The hallway leading to Jackson’s bedroom was loaded with security measures

One of the never-ending baffling quirks of Neverland Ranch was how the hallway leading to Jackson’s bedroom was covered in security cameras.

An added security measure had the area wired for sound so that the footsteps of anyone approaching would make ding-dong sounds – which would notify the singer of anyone approaching.

Michael Jackson gestures as he leaves the Santa Barbara courthouse during his molestation trial in 2003. Photo: Getty ImagesMichael Jackson gestures as he leaves the Santa Barbara courthouse during his molestation trial in 2003. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson gestures as he leaves the Santa Barbara courthouse during his molestation trial in 2003. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson has paid millions of dollars in damages to boys who said he molested them

Jordan Chandler was the first boy to publicly accuse Jackson of abuse to police after his father became suspicious of his son and the star’s close relationship.

However, the prosecution stalled when a separate civil suit was filed and settled confidentially.

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But court documents leaked to the media in 2004 revealed that the payment included a $15 million trust fund for 13-year-old Jordan and $2 million up front, along with $1.5 million for each of his parents and 5 million USD for their lawyer.

The plea deal meant the criminal case against Jackson could not go forward due to an apparent lack of victims willing to testify.

The parents of the alleged victims were given expensive gifts, including houses and cars

Jackson’s special treatment of his alleged victim’s families is detailed throughout Leaving Neverland documentary movie.

In addition to limo rides and private jet trips, Jordy Chandler’s mother was flown to Monaco and Las Vegas and given a diamond bracelet.

Similarly, Jackson bought Jimmy Safechuck’s parents a house and Wade Robson’s mother a car – something briefly described in the documentary.

Michael Jackson once admitted that he thought there was nothing wrong with sharing his bed with boys

A decade after the initial charges, his release Living with Michael Jackson the 2003 documentary reignited public disdain for Jackson’s behavior around children.

Among his most disturbing jokes was the admission that he had “slept in a bed with many children” – and saw nothing wrong with the practice.

“It’s not sexual, we’re going to sleep. I put them in… It’s very charming, it’s very sweet,” he said in the documentary.

Asked in 2003 what a grown man would get out of a relationship with a young boy, Jackson explained: “I like it, I feel it, I think what they get from me I get from them… my biggest inspiration comes from kids.”

Michael Jackson with 10-year-old Jimmy Safechuck on the tour plane in 1988. Photo: Getty ImagesMichael Jackson with 10-year-old Jimmy Safechuck on the tour plane in 1988. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson with 10-year-old Jimmy Safechuck on the tour plane in 1988. Photo: Getty Images

Two of the boys’ fathers took their own lives

The fathers of Wade Robson and Jordan Chandler took their own lives while estranged from their families after allegations that Jackson abused their sons came to light.

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In the Leaving Neverland, Wade reveals that his father Dennis had bipolar and took his own life in 2002 following a mental breakdown.

Michael Jackson and Jimmy Safechuck attend a theater performance together in 1988, three decades before the young man presented his accusations in Leaving Neverland.  Photo: Getty ImagesMichael Jackson and Jimmy Safechuck attend a theater performance together in 1988, three decades before the young man presented his accusations in Leaving Neverland.  Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson and Jimmy Safechuck attend a theater performance together in 1988, three decades before the young man presented his accusations in Leaving Neverland. Photo: Getty Images

And while Wade has always maintained to his father that he wasn’t molested, a 2013 civil lawsuit against the Jackson family claimed that Dennis suffered from “anxiety and depression” because he suspected his son had been abused.

Instead, Evan Chandler was instrumental in making sure Jackson’s alleged abuse of his son Jordan came to light, but they say their family collapsed after the multi-million dollar payout.

The two fell out in 2005 and Evan took his own life in November 2009 – five months after Jackson’s death was broadcast worldwide.

Reporting by Yahoo Lifestyle, AU