- Investigators conducting a criminal probe swarmed Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch on Tuesday, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The purpose of the search was not disclosed.
Jackson and his three young children were not at the ranch at the time of the raid, his spokesman, Stuart Backerman, told The Associated Press. He said that for three weeks Jackson and his family have been in Las Vegas, where Jackson was filming a video.
Backerman declined further comment, saying he still lacked detailed information about the purpose of the investigation.
More than 20 investigators from the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices served a warrant about 8:30 a.m. as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation,” Sgt. Chris Pappas said in a prepared statement.
….Jackson is also connected to Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano, who has begun serving federal prison time for possessing illegal explosives, and is being investigated about whether he secretly taped conversations of celebrities and their lawyers.
Pellicano, 59, reportedly worked for Jackson while the singer was under investigation for child molestation in the early 1990s.
As the raid was under way, Court TV reported that the warrant was tied to allegations brought by a 12-year-old boy. That could not immediately be confirmed by The Associated Press.
Court TV confirms:
- Santa Barbara Sheriff’s county officers executed a search warrant at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch Tuesday morning in connection with an abuse charge from a 12-year-old boy, CourtTV’s Diane Dimond is reporting.
Officers are still searching the expansive property.
….Thomas Sneddon, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara county, was among those entering the ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley. According to Dimond, officers came equipped with a paddy wagon, a portable toilet, and a crime scene evidence collection vehicle.
An ambulance was seen leaving the property shortly after the search began at around 12:00 p.m., ET.
The timing of this latest incident could further damage Jackson’s already flagging career. On Tuesday, the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” released a collection of hits entitled “Number Ones,” and was said to have been discussing a CBS network special set to air November 26.
I will refrain from comment until more facts come forth. I wonder if the Mean In Black will get involved.