Shortly after Michael Jackson returned to the
US from London, where he was treated for addiction to prescription
medications, he went on air to address some of the issues that
have surrounded him in recent months. Michael´s message
was broadcast live worldwide via satellite feed that was set
up at Neverland for the occasion.
Thank you Helena for your generosity
sharing your investigation!
MICHAEL JACKSON´S STATEMENT
December 22, 1993 (Neverland Valley Ranch, USA)
As you may already know, after my tour ended I remained
out of the country undergoing treatment for a dependency on
pain medication. This medication was initially prescribed to
soothe the excruciating pain that I was suffering after recent
reconstructive surgery on my scalp.
There have been many disgusting statements made recently concerning
allegations of improper conduct on my part. These statements
about me are totally false.
As I have maintained from the very beginning, I am hoping for
a speedy end to this horrifying experience to which I have been
I shall not in this statement respond to all the false allegations
being made against me since my lawyers have advised me that
this is not the proper forum in which to do that. I will say
I am particularly upset by the handling of this matter by the
incredible, terrible mass media. At every opportunity, the media
has dissected and manipulated these allegations to reach their
own conclusions. I ask all of you to wait to hear the truth
before you label or condemn me. Don´t treat me like
a criminal because I am innocent.
I have been forced to submit to a dehumanizing and humiliating
examination by the Santa Barbara County sheriff´s department
and the Los Angeles police department earlier this week. They
served a search warrant on me which allowed them to view and
photograph my body, including my penis, my buttocks, my lower
torso, thighs and any other areas that they wanted. They were
supposedly looking for any discoloration, spotting, blotches
or other evidence of a skin colour disorder called vitiligo
which I have previously spoken about. The warrant also directed
me to cooperate in any examination of my body by their
physician to determine the condition of my skin, including whether
I have vitiligo or any other skin disorder. The warrant further
stated that I had no right to refuse the examination or photographs
and if I failed to cooperate with them they would introduce
that refusal at any trail as an indication of my guilt.
It was the most humiliating ordeal of my life, one that no person
should ever have to suffer. And even after experiencing the
indignity of this search, the parties involved were still not
satisfied and wanted to take even more pictures. It was a nightmare,
a horrifying nightmare. But if this is what I have to endure
to prove my innocence, my complete innocence, so be it.
Throughout my life, I have only tried to help thousands upon
thousands of children to live happy lives. It brings tears to
my eyes when I see any child who suffers. I am not guilty of
these allegations. But if I am guilty of anything it is of giving
all that I have to give to help children all over the world.
It is of loving children of all ages and races, it is of gaining
sheer joy from seeing children with their innocent and smiling
faces. It is of enjoying through them the childhood that I missed
If I am guilty of anything, it is of believing what God said
about children, Suffer little children to come unto me
and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven.
In no way do I think that I am God, but I do try to be Godlike
in my heart. I am totally innocent of any wrongdoing and
I know these terrible allegations will all be proven false.
Again, to my friends and fans, thank you very much for all of
your support. Together we will see this through to the very
end. I love you very much and may God bless you all. I love