The FBI released files it collected over the past 17 years on Michael Jackson on Tuesday, most of them from the federal agency’s support of the California investigations of child molestation allegations against the entertainer.
Journalists began scouring the 333 heavily redacted pages — published on the FBI’s Web site — for any new insight into Jackson’s life and the investigations of him.
The FBI, noting that Jackson was acquitted of all charges, said the case files were made public after Freedom of Information Act requests filed after the pop star’s June 25 death.
Los Angeles Police, who were investigating child molestation allegations against Jackson, called the FBI’s Los Angeles office in September 1993 to suggest the agency look into a “possible federal violation against Jackson concerning transportation of a minor across state lines for immoral purposes (Mann Act)”, one document said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Donahue “advised that she checked with her front office and they had made the decision that the United States attorney was not interested in prosecuting Michael Jackson for a violation of the Mann Act,” the report said.