August 24, 2010
Ok the charges by the Chandlers became public on August 23rd
1993 when every news outlet in the world got their own copy
of the DCFS report. I will fill in a couple of blanks by just
saying that Anthony Pellicano released 2 tapes, the one of Evan
and Dave Schwartz and one of him talking to Barry Rothman. There
were several articles and I will add them later, but tell me
how Victor Gutierrez was
involved in this in just 5 DAYS!
Jackson Back on Stage; Inquiry Continues
Investigation: Singer resumes Bangkok concerts after two-day
absence. Officials here are now looking into extortion claims.
August 28, 1993|CHARLES P. WALLACE and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF
Michael Jackson, fighting off allegations of sexual abuse and
a case of what his doctor described as severe dehydration, returned
to the concert stage Friday, performing a lively two-hour show
before a capacity crowd in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jacksons appearance was greeted enthusiastically by more
than 40,000 fans in Bangkoks National Stadium, temporarily
quelling speculation that he was preparing to abort his world
tour amid allegations that he sexually abused one or more young
boys. Although rumors continued to circulate that Jackson was
preparing to surrender to authorities, his lawyer vehemently
denied those reports.
There is no plan for him to surrender because there is
no reason for him to surrender, attorney Howard Weitzman
said from Los Angeles.
In Bangkok, Jackson did not address the international furor
surrounding the allegations. He spoke directly to the audience
only once, saying: I love you.
Meanwhile, police and social workers in Los Angeles continued
to press forward with their investigation on two fronts: opening
an inquiry into allegations that Jackson was the victim of a
$20-million extortion attempt and interviewing young people
close to Jackson about whether he made sexual advances toward
Although investigators have the statement of a 13-year-old who
says he was molested by Jackson over a period of months, sources
say their probe has been hampered by a shortage of physical
or medical evidence linking Jackson to sexual molestation. Videotapes
seized during the Aug. 21 searches of two homes belonging to
Jackson did not produce evidence that would support a criminal
filing against the entertainer, says a well-placed police source.
Thousands of photographs also were seized during those searches.
They still are being reviewed, sources said.
The extortion investigation is proceeding separately, say sources
familiar with that inquiry. It grows out of allegations raised
by members of Jacksons camp that the singer was the victim
of an extortion attempt and that the sexual abuse charges arose
only after that attempt was thwarted.
In an Aug. 17 report detailing the allegations brought by the
13-year-old alleged sexual abuse victim, a county social worker
wrote: Minor stated he and his father met with Michael
Jackson and attorneys for (the boys father) and Mr. Jackson
and confronted him with allegations in an effort to make a settlement
and avoid a court hearing.
Film industry sources have said that the boys father sought
a $20-million movie production and financing deal with Jackson.
Although the boys father has not commented publicly about
that charge or any other aspect of the case, he has told friends
that the extortion allegation is untrue.
Officially, the Los Angeles Police Department was silent about
the extortion charge and all other aspects of the case. I
cannot confirm or deny the existence of any investigation,
said Lt. John M. Dunkin, a spokesman for the department.
Weitzman, however, said he was told that an extortion investigation
is under way and that it was opened after he met with police
late Thursday. Thats my understanding, based on
our meeting with them, he said.
Asked by the Associated Press why Jackson did not report the
alleged extortion attempt to police earlier, Weitzman said:
It was our hope that this would all go away. We tried
to keep it as much in-house as we could.
Meanwhile, authorities continued to reel under the crush of
publicity that has accompanied the Jackson investigation. Unauthorized
news leaks have bedeviled investigators probing the case since
it broke early this week, and their task at controlling information
has been made even harder by the willingness of some media outlets
to pay for information. (The Times does not pay for information.)
Police and Childrens Services officials have clamped down
on their employees. Some county officials are fearful that the
improper release of the report detailing the 13-year-olds
allegations of sexual abuse could subject the county to a lawsuit.
There is a fear that the county will now be subject to
a lawsuit over the issue of confidentiality in the case,
said one source at the department.
As investigators continue to probe the accusations that Jackson
molested one or more children, sources said they spent Friday
canvassing more witnesses, interviewing children close to the
entertainer and meeting with parents of possible victims.
Weitzman, who said he is in daily contact with police, declined
to discuss the progress of the probe, except to say that they
are conducting a very thorough investigation.
One of those interviewed was Victor
Gutierrez, a Southern California free-lance journalist who has
been working on a book about Jackson for several years. Gutierrez
spoke to LAPD officers for two hours Thursday and was interviewed
He would not disclose what transpired during those sessions,
but he told The Times that he has interviewed for his book some
of the same youngsters being sought for questioning by the LAPD.
(I cant even think of what to say except WHAT THE BLOODY
HELL! 5 days later this man is involved somebody hold me back.
Like they didnt make up the F****** story right then and
As Jackson resumed his tour after its two-day suspension, he
gave no signs that he was toning down his sexually suggestive
act. The Bangkok audience cheered enthusiastically as Jackson
thrust his hips suggestively and held his crotch during his
most provocative musical numbers.
At one point, he stroked the upper thigh of a backup singer,
and the crowd cheered as he inched up the singers leg.
There was loud applause when Jackson hugged a young girl brought
up from the audience.
Members of Jacksons audience defended the entertainer,
and three young boys said to be Jacksons nephews arrived
at his hotel Friday, apparently to give him moral support.
Brian Marcar, the promoter of Jacksons Thai concerts,
said actress Elizabeth Taylor and Jacksons sister, Janet
Jackson, were en route to the Far East to join the singer. They
were expected to meet Jackson in Singapore, the site of his
next concert, Marcar said.
While ensconced in Thailand, Jackson and his entourage took
over the 16th floor of the Oriental Hotel Bangkok, which many
surveys describe as the worlds best.
The Oriental suite where Jackson stayed costs 55,000 baht ($2,200)
a night plus tax and service. The master bedroom is decorated
in Caribbean style, with bedposts in the shape of pineapples.
The suite has its own kitchen.
He has his own cook. We cant enter the room,
hotel public relations director Supatana Atorn-Phtai said Friday.
Jacksons people even cleaned the room. Supatana said she
believed that the hotel was recommended to Jackson by Taylor.
Jackson was being protected by five bodyguards, who would not
allow anyone to get off the elevator on the 16th floor unless
they have clearance.
Outside the hotel, Thailands Tourist Police provided security
and accompanied Jackson on his jaunts around the city. A policeman
drove Jacksons limousine, and he switched cars each time
he ventured out.
A total of 3,000 policemen and soldiers were used to provide
security during the concerts, according to Ponprasert Ganjanarintr
of the Tourist Police, a branch of the central investigation
Wallace wrote from Bangkok, Newton from Los Angeles. Also contributing
to this story were Times staff writers Carla Hall, Sonia Nazario
and Amy Wallace.
Thank you Helena for your generosity
sharing your investigation!