Michael Jackson's first accuser Jordy Chandler hasn't been seen in nearly 25 years
12-year-old Jordy Chandler met Michael Jackson in 1992 and soon became a part of his 'inner circle' of underage friends before accusing the star of sexually abusing him
With the release of the explosive HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', the horrific allegations of child molestation against the late King of Pop Michael Jackson resurfaced and many accounts of abuse from his accusers are once again in the news.
A few of the boys from Jackson's former inner circle, who are now adults, have spoken out about their own abuse at the hands of Jackson corroborating Wade Robson and James Safechuck's testimonies in the documentary. Others like Brett Barnes and Macaulay Culkin, however, still defend the superstar.
There is one accuser, however, who still hasn't stepped forward and spoken about anything related to the issue and that is Jordy Chandler. Chandler was at the epicenter of the first investigation into the child abuse allegations that took place in the 1990s. After all this time, and after the documentary's release, there is only one question in everyone's minds: Where is Jordy?
In the 1990s, Chandler was one of the many boys who were friends with the pop star. The pair reportedly met in 1992 and 12-year-old Chandler, his stepbrother, and stepsister were frequent visitors to Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The singer became friends with the entire Chandler family and earned their trust over time. It has not gone unnoticed to eagle-eyed viewers of the documentary that this part of Chandler's life bears an eerie resemblance to that of Safechuck and Robson, the subjects of 'Leaving Neverland'.
Then, in 1993, screenwriter and dentist Evan Chandler started growing suspicious of the relationship his son had with Jackson. The teen and his stepbrother had allegedly slept in Jackson's hotel room when they accompanied the star to Monaco for the World Music Awards.
In some private phone recordings that surfaced during the trial, Evan was caught describing Jackson as "evil" and even detailed how he wanted to "destroy him". Although negotiations for a settlement were held quietly, it failed and the allegations became public. In mid-1993, Chandler alleged publicly that Jackson that been molesting him. He even famously gave a description of the star's genital area, including specific discolorations that Jackson had got due to his vitiligo, to his psychiatrist as well as the police.
In December that year, the authorities carried out a strip search on Jackson to see if the detailed physical descriptions given by the boy were a match. The results of that have been reportedly very differently in the years since then. Early reports which were leaked at the time claimed that the search did not corroborate Chandler's claims while there were others that insisted the descriptions were a match.
There has been no further evidence that was discovered, however, to indicate the star's guilt. At the time of these allegations, the other boys in Jackson's inner circle — which included Robson — gave statements in Jackson's defense saying that they have also shared a bed with the singer but there wasn't any inappropriate behavior. A criminal case was not pursued.
The Chandler family did file a civil suit against Jackson, however, alleging the sexual battery of Chandler and looked to get $30 million in damages. The case was settled out of court in 1994 for $23 million. Chandler did not testify during the case and was able to successfully emancipate himself at the age of 14 a year later.
Unlike all the other Jackson accusers and supporters who have gone public with their opinions and stories, Chandler has completely vanished. Tabloid newspapers such as The Sun have reported that the man was given a new identity and began a new life somewhere in New York after the trial but that no one, not even his family, has been in contact with him since then.
The director of 'Leaving Neverland', Dan Reed, told iNews that he tried reaching the elusive man for the film but failed. He said: "Jordan's not easily accessible. We did a bit of sleuthing to try and find him but decided to not to push that any further as it appears he wants to stay hidden. For now."
One can only hope that Chandler will come forward at some point and tell the world what happened with the late King of Pop. Until that time, all we can do is wait.