Although Michael Jackson was seldom out of the public eye for long, in late 2002 and early 2003 he was the subject of even more intense media attention than usual. Granted, his deep-seated proclivity for strange behavior (wearing masks in public, undergoing bout after bout of plastic surgery to the point that his nose was rumored to be about to fall off, naming one his son's Prince Michael and then a second one Prince
A third incident added to this glare: the publication of the 1993 declaration given by 13-year-old
In February 2003, the exposé web site The Smoking Gun published the four-page declaration that kicked off the 1993 suit against Jackson. In it, "J. Chandler," self-described as a 13-year-old boy then in the eighth grade, detailed his involvement with the singer and the escalation of their friendship (which began in May 1992 and ended in July 1993) into realms of sexual contact. In addition to listing graphic details about the sexual encounters that occurred between them on a number of occasions, the boy made statements about Jackson's crying when the youngster attempted to halt certain activities.
Penetration does not appear to have been among the claims made by the boy, but incidents of oral and manual sex were:
Michael Jackson had me suck one nipple and twist the other nipple while Michael Jackson masturbated. On one occasion when Michael Jackson and I were in bed together, Michael Jackson grabbed my buttock and kissed me while he put his tongue in my ear. I told him I didn't like that. Michael Jackson started to cry.
We're not going to reproduce the whole thing here, but a copy of this declaration can be viewed at The Smoking Gun's archives.
In a British documentary aired in early February 2003, Jackson, then 44, again denied ever having inappropriate relationships with children, although he admitted sharing his bed with boys.
On 25 June 2009, Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in