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Before OJ Simpson there was Michael Jackson -- another beloved black celebrity seemingly brought down by allegations of scandal in his personal life Those allegations -- that Jackson had molested a 13-year-old boy -- instigated a multimillion-dollar lawsuit two grand-jury investigations and a shameless media circus Jackson in turn filed charges of extortion against some of his accusers Ultimately the suit was settled out of court for a sum that has been estimated at 20 million no criminal charges were brought against Jackson by the police or the grand juries This past August Jackson was in the news again when Lisa Marie Presley Elviss daughter announced that she and the singer had married As the dust settles on one of the nations worst episodes of media excess one thing is clear The American public has never heard a defense of Michael Jackson Until now It is of course impossible to prove a negative -- that is prove that something didnt happen But it is possible to take an in-depth look at the people who made the allegations against Jackson and thus gain insight into their character and motives What emerges from such an examination based on court documents business records and scores of interviews is a persuasive argument that Jackson molested no one and that he himself may have been the victim of a well-conceived plan to extract money from him More than that the story that arises from this previously unexplored territory is radically different from the tale that has been promoted by tabloid and even mainstream journalists It is a story of greed ambition misconceptions on the part of police and prosecutors a lazy and sensation- seeking media and the use of a powerful hypnotic drug It may also be a story about how a case was simply invented Neither Michael Jackson nor his current defense attorneys agreed to be interviewed for
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