Video emerges of 13-yr-old with cancer accusing Michael Jackson of 'teaching him how to masturbate' in 2003
A newly released video shows Gavin Arvizo, then 13-year-old cancer patient, accusing Michael Jackson of behaving improperly with him and masturbating him against his will
Shocking footage has now emerged showing detectives interview the child whose accusations resulted in Michael Jackson being charged with seven counts of child molestation in the 'People vs Jackson' trial that began in January 2005.
After the documentary 'Living with Michael Jackson' — filmed by British journalist Martin Bashir that followed Jackson as he went about his day-to-day activities — first aired in 2003, Gavin Arvizo, a then-13-year-old cancer patient who featured in the film accused Michael Jackson of behaving improperly with him.
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office subsequently launched an investigation into the allegations and the video shows detectives from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office interviewing Arvizo to detail the abuse he had suffered at the singer's hands.
The Daily Mail, who obtained the depositions and testimony of Arvizo, published a video of the interview where the 13-year-old, who was suffering from kidney cancer when he first met the 'Beat It' singer, can be seen looking ashamed and confused, rarely raising his gaze to eye-level.
Arvizo tells the detective that, between February and March 2003, Jackson showed him how to masturbate despite his repeated refusals to perform the act. He alleges that, after he said no, the 'King of Pop' offered to do it for him. When the detective asks him to explain further, the teen goes quiet and seems as if he's about to burst into tears.
The video then cuts to another section of the interview where Arvizo is asked if Jackson "put it on the inside, outside." He replies, "He started masturbating me... I told him I didn't want to do that. I told him not to do that." When the detective asks if Jackson stopped after he said no, Arvizo says, "He kept on doing it."
Following the accusations, 70 members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office conducted a search at Jackson's Neverland mansion and found several suspicious items. This included at least seven collections of work that showed young boys partially clothed or fully nude in his bedroom and bathroom, and a book depicting nude children in the arcade room, both of which investigators believed were used by Jackson as a part of the "grooming process" used by predators to "lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims."
However, the 'People vs Jackson' trial that began in January 2005 — which is also a key feature of Dan Reed's 'Leaving Neverland' documentary that has kicked up a storm recently — ended with the singer being acquitted on all nine charges.
After his acquittal in June 2005, Jackson moved to Bahrain but eventually returned to the United States. He was preparing for a comeback tour in 2009 when tragedy struck. He suffered a cardiac arrest and was found unresponsive at his Holmby Hills home, with a coroner ruling his death a homicide caused by acute propofol intoxication due to the negligence of personal physician Conrad Murray.
Watch Gavin Arvizo's distressing interview with detectives from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office below.