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FBI Involved in Michael Jackson Molestation Trial

12/22/2009 2:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: In our document search, we just found out why the FBI was involved in the Michael Jackson molestation case. According to one of the docs, the LAPD Sexually Exploited Child Unit contacted the FBI in 1993, asking the agency if it would be "interested in working a possible federal violation against Jackson concerning the transportation of a minor across state lines for immoral purposes."

The FBI was secretly involved in the child molestation case against Michael Jackson, according to documents just released by the agency.

In July, 2004, a memo was drafted stating that the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's investigation produced "collateral investigative issues, some of which potentially rise to the level of Federal Violations, in the New York and Miami Divisions as well as the Los Angeles Division." The memo does not elaborate on the nature of the alleged offenses.

According to the docs, FBI special agents from L.A., New York and Miami were assigned to assist Santa Barbara county prosecutors in their case against Jackson -- a case in which Jackson was found not guilty.

The memo says the special agents and prosecutors spent time discussing various strategies in the case.

There are also documents showing the FBI was involved in the 1993 molestation investigation. In one doc, there are notes which state Jackson was riding in a train with a boy whom Jackson identified as his cousin. The notes say, "He was very possessive of boy," and at night on the train a witness "heard questionable noises through wall."


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by Truth

No he wasn't guilty of that! Even jordan chandlers description of MJs genitals did NOT match! jordan refused to testify in court!

1767 days ago


MJ is sick child molester...good thing he is, where is he is...

1767 days ago


I agree that all of this info is moot as MJ is dead now. However, the people that still cling to the MJ was innocent story, never cease to amaze me. This FBI info is just more evidence on top of the mountains of evidence that MJ was not innocent.

MJ was found not guilty but this in no way means he was innocent.
I have never seen a case where somebody was so clearly guilty in my life(besides OJ Simpson of course!) All of the evidence is plain as day. This man was a child molester folks, plain and simple. He was able to escape a guilty verdict because he was wealthy and powerful. End of story. The same accusations do not continue to follow somebody for 30 years if they are innocent.
MJ is laughing in his grave at how stupid his fans are for actually believing for even a minute that he was not guilty!

1767 days ago

Nunya Bizwax    

Umm...the last two times I rode on a train, I couldn't hear anything besides the train. If you have ever had the opportunity to ride a train, you know that it is extremely loud and would be almost impossible to hear through a wall.

1767 days ago


So let me get this straight!When the LAPD and Santa Barbara's PD and DA office realized that despite the thousands or tens of thousands of man hours of detective work,checking evidence and inviting anyone with anything to say against Michael Jackson they couldn't make a case against him that would hold up in court so they sent the FBI on a fishing expedition which didn't turn up anything either and some of you still think that man was guilty?How many of you could walk away from that much scrutiny without some sort of conviction for something?Why is the FBI bringing this up anyway ?I don't know how the taxpayers who footed the bill on all this feel but considering how little effort all of these government agencies seem to have put in getting their hands on a man who has actually admitted to raping and drugging a child namely Roman Polanski if I were them I'd call for an investigation of their conduct.This kind of disproprtion in the treatment of cases can't be right.

1767 days ago


actually most of the things that are reported on FBI files were not unknown for many Michael's fans
We knew about the police interview with Michael's ex employee in manila, we knew about the videotape(sure it's that one that comes from Victor Gutierrez, and Michael won against him in a trial), as we knew that the FBI investigated in the 2004 trial.
Maybe we didn't know that the FBI was behind 1993 too.
And Maybe Michael was right when he said in D.S Does he send letters to the FBI?"

1767 days ago


As for the "state lines" story.... that was Evan Chandler trying to stop his ex-wife and son from travelling with Michael on his concert tour. Evan Chandler was an angry, possessive abusive father and didn't want to lose "control" over his son. As for the "boy on the train" story.... what the FBI call "possessive" was actually "protective" of all the media cameras etc there.

As for the "noises through the wall" story..... for heaven's sake, WHAT ???? Laughing, talking etc etc....

The FBI made HUGE mountains out of non-existent molehills. What a waste of tax-payers money. It seems that the FBI had a personal vendetta against Michael and were trying to build a case (non-existent) against him. What a spectacular and incompetent failure .

Evan Chandler should be arrested for extortion. Oh wait, no he's dead. Couldn't handle the guilt of destroying a truly genuinely good man. May Evan Chandler NEVER rest in peace.

1767 days ago


The FBI file says they got a call on 24th Aug 93 from someone who claimed to have witnessed this on a train in 92. It sounds to me like the FBI investigated and found nothing or decided that it was not credible enough to be investigated.

Hold the phone!!! Wait a minute!!!!
Does anyone else think it's strange that the FBI received a phone called in August 1993. Isn't that the exact month when the 1st set of Evan Chandler allegations were made public against MJ?

Evan Chandler commenced his extortion plot in July 1993, that's when he was recorded on the phone talking about what he intended to do to Michael. Recall on the EXTORTION tape, Chandler indicated he was prepared to move against Jackson: "It's already set," Chandler said "There are other people involved that are waiting for my phone call that are in certain positions. I've paid them to do it. Every thing's going according to a certain plan that isn't just mine."

Seriously, if the FBI can't find ANY evidence to support those allegations WHY do people still call him a child molester. If anyone has the resources to find evidence against someone it's the FBI. They weren't able to find one single piece of evidence against MJ. Not ONE. They followed him for nearly a decade. Christ!

If I can see the extortion why can't the POLICE/FBI.

1767 days ago


ok tmz whatever...u must have been running out of stories and chose this one cares really...micheal jacksons dead leave him alone!

1767 days ago


by the way merry christmas!!!!

1767 days ago

a fan    

By: Roger Friedman // Wednesday December 23, 2009

The FBI files on Michael Jackson show a concerted effort by the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office to convict the pop star for child molestation in 2003-2005.

The DA even brought in the FBI for assistance. But the Bureau’s examination of all the computers seized from Neverland found nothing in April 2004 — ten months before Jackson’s trial. They went through a bunch of computers seized at the ranch, and ran “keyword searches” through them, looking for kiddie pornography. They came up with 18 pages of nothing.

Michael’s defense attorney Thomas Mesereau expressed surprise to me about the FBI files yesterday. “I never saw them,” he said. “Shouldn’t they have shared them with me?”

It didn’t matter. Mesereau’s masterful handling of the case got Michael acquitted of all charges in his 2005 child molestation/conspiracy case. But why did the DA go ahead with the case at all if the FBI turned up nothing?

Mesereau told me: “They heard all these stories, they read stories in the tabloids, there was the 1993 case. They had to proceed. Plus DA Tom Sneddon had gotten legislation passed since the first case making it impossible not to go ahead. And he did it because of Michael.”

Jackson was innocent of those charges. Whatever else happened to Michael Jackson in life, he was set up by Janet Arvizo to take a fall. Luckily, several people stepped in to save Michael.

Two of those people were Frank (Tyson) Cascio and his friend Vinnie Amen. They were working for Michael in the winter of 2003. Jackson put them in charge of catering to the Arvizo family right after Martin Bashir’s “Living with Michael Jackson” aired on ABC. All hell broke loose because Michael bragged about Gavin Arvizo “sharing” his bed. Gavin and his brother were featured on the program. Chaos ensued.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon, Michael’s nemesis from the 1993 case, determined to destroy Jackson at that point. He sought out Janet Arvizo, not realizing she was a welfare cheat, a pathological liar, and a big cup o’crazy. On the witness stand, Mrs, Arvizo told Jackson’s defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, she believed Michael was going to steal her children in a big hot air balloon, and fly away.

After that, no testimony mattered. We in the Santa Maria courtroom knew Michael would moonwalk home, free as a bird. And deservedly so.

Earlier that year, I wrote in my old column that when Frank and Vinnie brought Janet home to her L.A. apartment from Neverland, Sneddon’s card was under her door. She called the number. He invented her. Then he involved the FBI. The results are in the newly released files. Manpower was revved up, resources were used. And it was all for nothing. Regardless of Michael’s naive comments about children, or anything that might have happened years earlier, he was innocent. He was guilty, like Chris Tucker and a bunch of other people, of being conned by the Arvizos.

In truth, the Jackson-Sneddon feud had been fueled by Michael. After the 1993-94 Jordy Chandler case, Michael fanned the flames by tautning Sneddon in song. It was a mistake. Sneddon was a no-nonsense guy. He didn’t wear designer suits. He reminded those of us in the court room of an old gym teacher. He wasn’t “hip.” And you could tell, he didn’t like the hip crowd one bit.

In the FBI files, you can see how Sneddon, using Court TV’s willing Diane Dimond, ginned up the anti-Michael cause. He even sent ADA Ronald Zonen — listed in the FBI files incorrectly as Richard — to New York to persuade Jordy Chandler to testify. Chandler declined, and threatened to fight a subpoena legally. The word was that he left the U.S. for the duration of the trial.

Sneddon et al had little luck getting anyone else from the so-called conspiracy to kidnap the Arvizos onto the stand. And Vinnie, I can tell you now, let me publish dozens and dozens of receipts he’d kept while babysitting the Arvizos. Eventually it all came out during the trial: rather than being kidnapped, the Arvizos were treated to movies, clothes, hotel stays, and spa treatments. Sneddon, of course, knew this. He just pretended that it never happened. Janet Arvizo received a full body waxing, courtesy of Michael Jackson. The FBI was taken to the cleaners.

1767 days ago


Anyone with a brain knows Jackson was a child molester, Americans just don't care about stuff like that anymore, unless of course it was their kid. They get more offened when you make chinese eyes, or say something against Obama.

1766 days ago


Michael is vindicated - and that's all that has come out of these bull-crap FBI files. There isn't one iota of evidence of anything against Michael, and if anything, it emphasizes that the years of trying to get anything bad on Michael were a waste of time and money. If anything, the Jackson family should use the FBI crap to file a suit against the FBI, police and anyone else who spent years terrorizing the King of Pop. What a tragedy that Michael had to live in fear for being a kind, talented, generous person. Look what the FBI did to John Lennon.

Long live the King of Pop!

1766 days ago


You told us that already. LET IT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1766 days ago


by SP

Can you read? He was found NOT guilty on ALL counts! The LAPD,DA(sneddon) and the FBI who even went internatioal to try to find something they ALL found NOTHING! Why? Because MJ was INNOCENT!

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