A secret closet sealed shut by three deadbolt locks and concealed behind Michael Jackson’s walk-in wardrobe was reportedly where the singer kept a bizarre collection of naked images, dolls, teddy bears and a signed photograph of Macaulay Culkin.
A police video dated November 2003 shows officers raiding Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and revealing a “dark and frightening” side to the King of Pop.
Radar Online released the clip, which shows a huge range of childish gimmicks filling every room in the mansion.
Dolls, arcade games, life-sized mannequins and a huge train set decorate the rooms, along with books that allegedly contained images of adult and child nudity.
Inside Jackson’s secret closet, a framed portrait of Macaulay Culkin was found, signed by child actor saying: “Don’t leave me alone in the house”.
Tables covered with remote-control cars, stuffed animals and dolls were also found inside the room.
In the search, police uncovered “notes, diaries, documents, photographs and audiotapes” along with computer hard drives and video recordings, according to Radar Online.
"The documents collected by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department paint a dark and frightening picture of Jackson," an investigator told the publication.
Several books seized by police showed partially dressed and naked children, teenagers and adults, but accompanying documentation categorised the items as non-pornographic.
“Based on my training, this type of material can be used as part of a ‘grooming’ process by which people (those seeking to molest children) are able to lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims,” the police report from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department read.
Pornographic magazines were also found in Jackson’s bedroom and bathroom.
Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attourney Ron Zonen was part of the prosecution team against Jackson and told Radar Online how he believed Jackson would lure children into his company.
“A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time,” he said.
'We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.'
Prosecutors in Jackson’s case said Neverland Ranch was designed as a fantasy world to attract young boys, and the singer would proceed to ‘groom’ the children with alcohol and explicit images.
Jackson’s family were quick to dispute the claims with the singer’s daughter, Paris, taking to Twitter to announce her disgust.
“The most pure people are always torn down.. It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent,” she wrote.
Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I'm truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 21, 2016
Taj Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, was also repulsed by the news so close to the anniversary of his uncle’s death.
“Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I’m truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours,” he wrote.
Jackson died in 2009 while preparing for his comeback tour, This Is It.
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