There's been endless controversy over the late 90s and early-ish 2000s about Michael Jackson and sex allegations with children. This whole article is about it.

This is the original article from BBC in 1993 when the allegations first hit the news:


I have always wondered this since it was so bloated on the news and media for such a long time, and then everything regarding this case just vanished without much explanation, and everything carried on.

Did he ever sexually abuse children? Does any reports/sources/evidence prove it was true/false?

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    As you know, he was found not guilty in his trial. It is difficult to see how Skeptics.SE will give a fairer trial than a US Court. What sort of evidence would you expect to see that would convince you that he was innocent? What sort of evidence would you expect to see that would convince you he was guilty, given a jury in a court, with more time and resources than we have, found him innocent? [I am not saying juries are infallible. I am saying second-guessing them seems futile.] – Oddthinking Dec 18 '13 at 2:04
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    @Oddthinking: Skeptics.SE is not held to the same rules of evidence admission. Some critical evidence could be ruled unmissable in court due to improper police procedures, for instance, or may have been uncovered after the trial (but insufficient for a retrial), and which would still be valid in drawing a reliable conclusion. But that's just in theory. In practice, in this particular case, I don't think we will do any better... :) – Flimzy Dec 18 '13 at 10:57
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    @Oddthinking If the trial evidence and conclusion is the best info out there, that should be an answer. – user5582 Dec 18 '13 at 18:40
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    Meta: Are allegations of infamous crimes off-topic? – Paul Dec 19 '13 at 7:34
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    @Oddthinking I agree that yours should be an answer to this questions. Trials are, by definition, the closest thing we have as to a description of reality. We certainly can't do any better here, besides flagrant and well documented cases of injustice. – Sklivvz Dec 19 '13 at 8:16

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