The King of Pop was in danger of losing his throne in the early 1990s as allegations began to swirl that he had abused underage boys at his Neverland Ranch.
Now, a former aide to a private investigator to the stars says his boss was hired by Michael Jackson to find victims and pay them to keep quiet, reports London's Sunday People.
According to the tabloid, "secret FBI files" show abuse of up to 24 young boys, including one well-known actor. Jackson was caught with another boy watching pornographic movies, and one was fondled in Jackson's private theater while his mother sat a few rows ahead oblivious to what was happening.
Though the files include the alleged victims' names, Sunday People did not reveal any of them except for Wade Robson, now a 30-year-old choreographer who has sued the Jackson estate. Robson alleges he was sexually abused by Jackson between the ages of 7 and 14.
The publication also did not identify the former aide who supplied the documents.
Jackson hired famed private eye Anthony Pellicano and paid out $35 million to keep the boys and their parents from going to police or the media, the former aide told Sunday People.
Pellicano is currently serving a 15-year sentence on an unrelated racketeering and wiretapping case, but the aide said the FBI seized Pellicano's records, including the Jackson ones involving Jackson's payoff. It was copies of those records that the British tabloid saw.
“Our reports painted the picture that Jackson was a serial child predator,” the aid said.
The FBI declined to comment.
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