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A new video reveals the moment Michael Jackson ‘s home was raided amid claims the singer had stockpiled hundred of images showing pornography in a bid to seduce young boys.
Around 70 members of Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department raided the singer’s home in the November 2003 raid, and now footage shows officers storming each room at his Neverland Ranch.
From his famous mannequins in each room, to his arcade room and even his bedroom, the musician’s home is revealed in full in the clip.
The footage then shows a hidden closet at the back of the bedroom – which was reportedly kept locked with three deadlocks.
Inside the closet, police reportedly found everything from stuffed animals to a signed photograph of Macaulay Culkin and alleged naked photos.
Culkin signed his photo: “Don’t leave me alone in the house.”
Footage also reveals dolls and merchandise in the room.
When detectives raided the Billie Jean singer’s home as part of the child sex abuse investigation against him, they reportedly found a trove of twisted photographs he had stashed – but Jackson’s family have since slammed the claims.
It has been widely reported that a previously unseen police document claimed there were at least seven collections which showed boys in their teenage years – and in some cases younger – fully nude or partially clothed in Jackson’s bedroom.
One of the collections, Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden, is described in court papers as: ‘Nude photos of teenage boys from late 1800s.’
In the report officers are also said to have discovered photos and videos of men, women, boys and girls in sexual positions, drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a number of physicians for people close to the star.
But Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has since spoken out, insisting it didn’t release the documents.
“Some of the documents appear to be copies of reports that were authored by Sheriff’s Office personnel as well as evidentiary photographs taken by Sheriff’s Office personnel interspersed with content that appears to be obtained off the internet or through unknown sources,” a representative of the Department said in an email to Billboard. “The Sheriff’s Office did not release any of the documents and/or photographs to the media. The Sheriff’s Office released all of its reports and the photographs as part of the required discovery process to the prosecution and the defense.”
The rep continued: “The documents with a header titled Sheriff’s Department that contain a case number appear to be Sheriff’s Office documents. The photos that are interspersed appear to be some evidentiary photos taken by Sheriff’s investigators and others are clearly obtained from the Internet.”
More than 70 members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department raided the home while Jackson was in Las Vegas.
It came at the same time an arrest warrant had been issued for the singer which saw Jackson later turn himself into police when he returned to California.
Speaking to US website Radar Online, an investigator on the case said: “The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will.”
“He also had disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism.”
The report states that many of the materials featuring naked men and women in the home could be used for the purpose of trying to attract young men.
The investigator added: “Based on my training, this type of material can be used as part of the “grooming” process, by which people (those seeking to molest children) lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims.”
The items said to have been found included ‘a book depicting nude children’ found in the singer’s ‘arcade room’.
The report also says there were multiple books found in the master bedroom that included one with ‘naked and semi-naked gay men’ and another with ‘pre-teen or early teenage individuals’ who in some cases were ‘nude or semi-nude.’; and ‘a book which contained nude photographs of men’ in the ‘master bathroom’.