December 9, 2003 at 12:27 PM CST - Updated June 25 at 12:47 PM
New Document May Back Jackson's Defense
Dec. 9— The boy alleging Michael Jackson molested him told child welfare officials in February that the entertainer never abused him, according to a document obtained by The Smoking Gun.
The confidential memo on the police and child welfare investigation conducted in Los Angeles could prove damaging to the case against Jackson in Santa Barbara County.
Jackson, 45, was booked last month in Santa Barbara County on multiple counts of child molestation after a 14-year-old boy alleged the self-proclaimed King of Pop sexually abused him during visits to Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The boy was 12 at the time of the alleged abuse. Jackson has labeled the allegations "a big lie."
The document obtained by The Smoking Gun Web site (www.thesmokinggun.com) indicates child welfare officers in Los Angeles looked into allegations of possible abuse involving the same boy and an adult identified only as "the entertainer." That investigation was launched, according to the document, in response to a complaint filed by an official from the Los Angeles Unified School District, which was filed after the child appeared in a documentary with Jackson.
In the memo, officials said both Los Angeles police and child welfare investigators interviewed the alleged victim, his 12-year-old brother, his 16-year-old sister and his mother. Each said the child had a strong friendship with "the entertainer," but insisted there was nothing sexual about it.
"The child … denied any form of sexual abuse," the document obtained by The Smoking Gun said. "He denied that he ever slept in the same bed as the entertainer."
His mother was quoted as saying that "her children are never left alone with the entertainer." And, according to the memo, she said that while "her son has slept in the same room as the entertainer … they did not share a bed. The entertainer would sleep on the floor."
The statements are consistent with what Jackson claimed on the British documentary that aired last February on ABC.