Woman Suing Michael Jackson For Sexual Abuse Claims He Paid Her $900,000
A woman has filed a lawsuit against the late Michael Jackson, claiming the pop icon molested and sexually abused her as a child and later paid her over $900,000 as compensation.
The woman’s court filing reportedly “includes scanned copies of checks purportedly paid to her from Jackson or his entertainment companies,” according to the Los Angeles Times. One of the included checks, paid in 1993, was for $600,000.
According to the suit, the unnamed woman claims she met Jackson with her family in 1986 when she was just 12-years-old. Her family was “on a sightseeing stop at Jackson’s gated Encino home,” when the singer invited them to come inside. During their visit with Jackson in his home, he “allegedly solicited the family’s home phone number,” the LA Times reports.
For about three years following the initial interaction, the woman claims in the suit that Jackson fondled her, forced her to perform oral sex and made attempts to have intercourse with her, causing her to bleed, according to the LA Times.
Jackson spoke frequently with the woman, as well as her mother, on the phone to build their trust. He also sent the young girl gifts and letters, two of which are included in the lawsuit, the LA Times reports. One of Jackson’s letters to the the girl concludes, “I’m crazy about you. … All my love, Michael.”
According to the lawsuit, Jackson stopped abusing her shortly before she turned 15-years-old. The checks were issued to the victim between 1990 and 1993.
Previous accusations against Jackson for molestation have involved young boys–this marks the first time Jackson has been accused of abusing a young girl.
Howard Weitzman, one of the attorney’s for Jackson’s estate, said in a statement that the case “is yet another attempt to hit the lottery by suing the Estate of Michael Jackson.” Weitzman further dismissed the latest suit against Jackson claiming it was made “without any merit.”