If the Michael Jackson child molestation case goes forward, the defense may target the prior allegations of sexual assault made by the family of the alleged victim. According to Newsweek, the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit in 1999 against JCPenney and Tower Records, claiming store security guards beat the family following an alleged shoplifting in West Covina, California. The shoplifting charges were filed but later dropped. The family never mentioned sexual assault in the lawsuit, but two years after the incident, all four members of the family claimed in depositions that the Tower guard had sexually assaulted the mother during the incident. JCP and Tower settled the suit for $152,500 without admitting guilt. The complete story at thedailybeast.com has since been removed.
Another Accusation Leveled At Michael Jackson
December 5, 2003 – Jared Paul Stern of Star magazine was on the Fox News Channel this morning to talk about a second boy who claims Michael molested him, while the accusers brother claims to have witnessed an instance where Michael Jackson molested the 13-year-old. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.
Jackson In Financial Trouble
December 4, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “The New York Times reported this week that Michael Jackson is $200 million in debt and his financial advisers have ordered him to cut back on spending. Let me tell you something, if you’re $200 million in debt, the first thing you do is fire the financial advisers! In fact, they say Michael is so broke he actually has to dangle his kids from the balcony of a Motel 6.”