Michael Jackson would have "easily topped the #MeToo hit list" if he was alive, says former bodyguard Matt Fiddes
Matt Fiddes said that in the #MeToo era many people would have crawled out of the woodwork to accuse Jackson of "all sorts of horrible attacks"
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, has said that the King of Pop would have "easily topped the #MeToo hit list" if he was alive, but mentioned that he would have killed himself rather than face another trial over sexual allegations, according to a report. According to Fiddes, who was a close pal of the late musician, Jackson would likely have faced allegations from hundreds of men and women in light of the Harvey Weinsten scandal, Radar Online reported. Fiddes added that the shock of the allegations would have prevented Jackson from reaching his 60th birthday, which he would have been celebrating at the end of the month had he not been killed by a drug overdose in 2009.
Fiddes, who had spoken to Jackson a few days before his death, told Radar Online, "Michael would have been one of the key prime targets had he lived to see the #MeToo movement...Maybe up to hundreds of men and women would have crawled out of the woodwork to accuse him of all sorts of horrible attacks. And I genuinely believe the shock would have killed him...I have believed since the Harvey Weinstein scandal happened that Michael would never have lived to see his 60th birthday. He would have either ended up dead or in jail, or more likely both.”
According to Fiddes, the pop star never recovered from allegations of child molestation against him. In 1993, Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year old boy, Jordan Chandler. Although the case was later settled out of court in January 1994 for an undisclosed amount of money, and no more criminal charges were filed against Jackson. Jackson was again infamously accused of sexual allegations in 2005 and was posthumously accused of further inappropriate relations with children in 2016.
Listen to Dave Chandler, Jordan Chandler's father's recording below:
However, when the expose website The Smoking Gun published a four-page declaration of the incident, Chandler stated some graphic details of the encounters which took place on a number of occasions at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
The boy apparently mentioned: "Michael Jackson had me suck one nipple and twist the other nipple while Michael Jackson masturbated. On one occasion when Michael Jackson and I were in bed together, Michael Jackson grabbed my buttock and kissed me while he put his tongue in my ear. I told him I didn’t like that. Michael Jackson started to cry."
Although Fiddes does believe that Jackson would have gone through hell had he been alive in the #MeToo era, he denied the multiple charges of sexual abuse and child molestation against Jackson.
"I knew him so well, and I’m sure of it," insisted Fiddes, who became close pals with Jackson when he ran his security operation during his British tours.