According to an August 27, 1993 news article in the British newspaper, The Independent, then eleven-year-old Brett Barnes said the following during the Anthony Pellicano-orchestrated media blitz put together to 'defend' Michael Jackson after the leakage of his being investigated for the abuse of Jordie Chandler:
Matters appeared to worsen for Jackson yesterday when an 11-year-old boy appeared on NBC television in California and admitted sharing a bed with him. Brett Barnes, an Australian from Melbourne, said Jackson had kissed him 'like you kiss your mother', but insisted nothing untoward had occurred.
The boy, who was interviewed with his mother and sister, met Jackson 18 months ago and recently accompanied him on a visit to London.
He described how he was questioned by detectives, who have confirmed that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the entertainer. 'They were asking questions like, 'Do you sleep in the same bed? Do you think he buys the toys to make you not tell things?'
'But it's not true,' the boy continued. 'He didn't do anything like that. He didn't touch people in a different way than he should . . . He kisses? Yeah, like you kiss your mother. We slept in the same bed? Yes, I was on one side of the bed and he was on the other. It's not unusual for him to hug, kiss and nuzzle up to you? Yeah, just the fun stuff.'Brett's media appearance--ten-year-old Wade Robson also made a statement--coincided with the accidental broadcasting of Jackson's propensity to share his bed with young boys. To note, no one in the media knew of Jackson's sleepovers until Brett mentioned them on national television.
Stranger still is that a key Jackson player, Pellicano, thought it would be advantageous to 'refute' Jordie Chandler's allegations of having been sexually abused by bringing out unrelated young boys who merely corroborated the fact of 35-year-old Jackson's inexplicably 'touchy-feely' behavior with his 'special friends'.
It is not hard to imagine that, in accordance to the evidence in this entry, that the 'nuzzling', kissing, and hugging in bed that Brett experienced with Jackson led to the boy's own sexual abuse.
ETA May 23, 2011:
As already known, during the discussion of Michael Jackson's pedophilia issues, only his detractors and accusers are examined and/or raked through the proverbial coals. Michael Jackson's actions, behaviors, decisions, and/or rationales are never looked into. It is like the debate is in a court-of-law where he is given a presumption of innocence, though we are not in a courtroom. Even though this way of framing the debate is neither logical nor accurate and very convenient for Michael Jackson fans, it is currently the way it is.
As such, this is an additional note about the people on the train, an additional boost to their already solid credibility.
According to a story published in the March 7, 1992 Sunday edition of The Gazette newspaper, via The Washington Post, Michael Jackson was in attendance of an award event in Washington DC on Thursday, March 5, 1992. If we take note of the couple on the train's statement taken by police, the woman stated she had heard "questionable noises" between Michael Jackson and a darker-skinned male juvenile on Saturday, March 7, 1992. This train was leaving from Chicago, Illinois, eventually continuing on to California.
Because of the closeness in dates, some may question the legitimacy of their statement to police. But this is faulty.
Washington DC is about 12 hours away from Chicago. If Michael Jackson left following the event, or even the next day, Friday, he would have more than an ample amount of time to catch a train with 'cousin' Brett Barnes, his staff, and buy up a total of four compartments departing from Chicago.
After all, this is exactly the type of thing celebrities do, either while on tour or jet-setting for both publicity functions or simply for pleasure.
Like Jolie Levine, these witnesses to Michael Jackson's pedophilic behaviors are unimpeachable. Unfortunately, if they did not know Brett's identity, their statement was essentially dead on arrival.
This will merely build upon that earlier entry, as we wade through the fruit of additional research and evidence.
At the first whiff of my claiming Brett was a victim of Michael's, my detractors will, of course, point out that Brett Christopher Barnes articulated a defense for Michael Jackson, denying that any sexual molestation by Michael against his person had ever occurred. He did this on not one, but two occasions, the second of which was delivered under penalty of perjury from the witness box during Michael Jackson's child molestation and conspiracy case in 2005.
So much did Brett Barnes care about Michael, they contend, that he went so far as to quit his job as a casino roulette dealer just to 'be there' for his friend.
I agree that Brett Barnes' display of altruism was, indeed, an expression of the love he had for Michael. But one question obviously rises from his actions: what kind of 'love' was it really? The fans will, naturally, claim that it was platonic, even familial or brotherly, but I doubt this explanation.
Brett Christopher Barnes was in love with Michael Jackson.
That 'altruism' was sacrificial in nature—of course, not that abandoning his post as 'casino roulette dealer' for Michael Jackson's well-being was akin to dropping out of a university but the sentiment was the same. His selflessness can only be adequately explained in that it was based upon intense romantic feelings for Michael Jackson, ones undoubtedly fostered by a decade of sexual contact.
I imagine this declaration of mine seems salacious, maybe even slanderous. I disagree. All one must do is look at the breadth of evidence in support of it.
In late 2009 following Michael Jackson's predictable death, the United States FBI, under FOIA, released a fraction of the documents the Bureau had pertaining to Michael and his 'woes'.
In late 2009 following Michael Jackson's predictable death, the United States FBI, under FOIA, released a fraction of the documents the Bureau had pertaining to Michael and his 'woes'.
Like many Jackson skeptics, I have repeatedly been instructed by the fans to read these documents, which they erroneously believe prove Michael Jackson was innocent. Like any good researcher, I have read them. It should be noted that these documents were so heavily redacted that they were mostly indecipherable insofar as it would be haphazard to simply guess about whom the document discussed in some cases.
One document was not unreadable.
A lone witness statement given to the Juvenile Division on August 24, 1993 was included in this file of FBI documents, and it raises more than an eyebrow.
Recorded at 1:30 PM via telephone, the officer notes:
P/R called from Toronto Canada. She & husband works (sic) in Children's Services.
On Sat 3-7-92 they took train from Chicago to Grand Canyon. Train continued to CA (California). They had a compartment on car that Jackson had four compartments.
Jackson had a M/B juv (male black juvenile) 12/13 with him along with adult staff. Boy ID'd as Michael's "cousin". Jackson was very possessive of boy at night. P/R heard questionable noises through wall.
She was concerned enough to notify the conductor of her suspicions."Questionable noises" at night with a boy to whom Michael referred as his "cousin"?
This statement often gets lost in the fray when Michael's fans discuss these so-called 'exonerating' FBI files. This woman found the 'noises' Michael made with this boy with whom he was so 'touchy-feely' so disconcerting that she felt compelled, as any good social worker would, to alert someone in authority.
Understandably, one may ask, "how do we know what kind of noises this woman heard?" It is worth remembering that she worked in Children's Services. That she saw an adult male and a young boy; that the adult male was possessive of this young boy; and that she heard disturbing noises coming from a compartment only occupied by this adult male and his young boy companion can only mean a few things to a social worker who deals with child welfare:
- She overheard verbal abuse;
- She overheard physical abuse; or
- She overheard sexual abuse.
It is then significant that she reported this incident to the FBI only when Michael Jackson had been accused of sexually molesting a young boy. The probability of the 'noises' being anything but sexual is very low.
This document at the very least verifies in black-and-white that someone besides the so-called 'Neverland Five' of ill-repute, or anyone else labeled 'disgruntled staff', witnessed Michael Jackson's strangely affectionate behavior with young boys. The statement of this witness is unimpeachable, as unimpeachable as Jolie Levine's statements about Michael Jackson being a veritable 'chicken hawk'.
I must repeat this: if the biggest criteria for believability with regard to a Jackson detractor is not selling a story to the tabloids and/or going to the police, this Canadian couple absolutely passes that smell test! Not only did she originally alert the conductor but she also notified authorities of what she'd seen when Michael's child abuse scandal broke out into the media.
Another boost to her credibility, it should be noted, is that she asserted this boy had been called 'cousin' by Michael Jackson. I must admit I had not been a Jackson follower for years and years but I did not know it was public information that Michael Jackson referred to his boys as 'cousins', at least until well after the scandal broke in the media. This report was at the dawn of the 1993 molestation circus, when there was little information about Michael and his 'special friends'.
What this woman had witnessed on the train is clearly tangential to what Michael was being accused of doing to Jordie Chandler: she believed she was, without a doubt, a spectator to child sexual abuse that evening on the train, and the 'noises' the couple heard were sexual in nature.
But who was the boy making 'music' with Michael Jackson?
In March 1992, the only boy fitting the description of a 'male black juvenile', aged '12/13', and called 'cousin' would be Brett Christopher Barnes, a Michael Jackson 'special friend'. Throughout 1992, Brett accompanied Michael Jackson on his Dangerous Tour, as well as on his trip to Africa (according to Bob Jones, the staff was ordered to 'conceal' Brett Barnes from the news media documenting this trip).
According to the photo credits in Christopher Andersen's Michael Jackson: Unauthorized, the following picture of Brett and Michael is dated to March 1992 as they arrived in London:
The caption in Andersen's book reads: Michael arrived in London in March 1992 with ten-year-old Brett Barnes, one of the special friends he introduced as his "cousin".
This is also verified by a British news report; notice that the reporter refers to Brett as a "nine-year-old cousin":
To me, it is important to establish Brett's identity in relation to these unintentionally conspicuous, vocalized sexual crescendos. It's part of the good proof that Michael Jackson and Brett Barnes engaged in sex.
If that sounds crude, the evidence supporting this only gets more graphic!
It should be noted that in my last entry on Brett Barnes (where I begged the question as to whether he, too, had been a victim of Michael's obvious sexual proclivities for pubescent boys), a lot of my reasonable suspicion was based upon Jordie Chandler's evaluation with noted false sexual abuse claims expert, the late psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gardner.
It was in that interview that he repeatedly brought Brett into the equation, mentioning how Michael Jackson would frequently use Brett Barnes' alleged sexual adventurousness, for lack of a better term, as a gauge of how open-minded Jordie was.
Because I believe Jordie Chandler (as the eight-figure payout also supports his claims), I believe what he'd stated about Brett Barnes to Dr. Gardner. Although it can be argued that perhaps Michael Jackson could have lied about Brett just to get Jordie to go along with his sexual 'games', I doubt this, again, based on the evidence available and use of common sense.
The Jordie Chandler scandal helpfully revealed many of Michael Jackson's sexual explorations with Brett. This also included an interesting mention in a drawn description about how Michael Jackson explained that Brett Barnes masturbated differently because he was uncircumcised; from the picture:
"Brett -- not circumcised. Brett masturbates by twisting skin different way. Brett pulled head out & say look, look but not all way because it hurts."But one 'exploration' that deserves special mention is one I will refer to as the 'Vaseline story'.
A few months back, when I had first decided to write a follow-up to my original Brett Barnes entry, I was fixated on several sentences recorded in the famed chronology of the 1993 scandal created by Evan and Jordie Chandler for their attorneys. Evan included this strange anecdote as a 'note'.
As you can read in that chronology snapshot (taken from Victor Gutierrez's Michael Jackson Was My Lover, who scanned the actual document for the world to see), Michael Jackson told Jordie Chandler (and Jordie related it to his father) that he would bend Brett Barnes over and apply Vaseline to his anus because Brett's feces tore him, causing bleeding. It is only when Jordie asked Michael why Brett bled, Michael claimed it was because he 'ate too much', the result of that being feces so large only a lubricant applied by a 'friend' could soothe Brett's bathroom battle.
It is noteworthy to mention that my detractors will, no doubt, question the veracity of this Vaseline story because it is of Chandler origin. They will cite that the believability of it is predicated upon whether or not one believes the Jordie Chandler allegations, and if you disbelieve the allegations, how solid, then, is this Brett/Michael Vaseline tale?
This is a legitimate question.
Naturally, if one does not believe Michael Jackson was guilty of molesting Jordie Chandler--that the whole thing was a 'farce', a 'set up' so the Chandler adults could usurp money from Michael, or a 'big lie', as Michael would say--you'd also be more likely to disbelieve anything written by Evan Chandler, especially if the implication was Michael Jackson had been in a sexually ambiguous situation with yet another young boy.
It bears repeating that I believe the Chandler allegations because enough evidence exists to support them, mainly a very handsome multimillion dollar settlement amount which shortly followed Michael's 'humiliating' December 1993 body search and occurred right before he was scheduled to give a court-sworn deposition.
To me, the timing is more than suspicious!
If Evan Chandler was only 'making up' a story to bolster the allegedly fallacious claims of his son's abuse, a question to the detractors must also be asked: if the ultimate goal for the Chandlers was to make money off of Michael Jackson and, again, every detail of the Jordie Chandler allegations was essentially vicious fiction, why risk a proverbial payday by introducing Brett Barnes, an uninvolved party with the power to deny what was written in the chronology?
That would amount to an incredible risk, would it not? (Of course, there would be no risk if what they said about Brett Barnes was true, or Jordie Chandler was only repeating verbatim what Michael Jackson had told him.)
The introduction of Brett Barnes would present an uncontrollable variable. If the whole Jordie Chandler scandal had been predicated upon a 'big lie', alleging that Brett Barnes was also a victim if he was not would be a detriment to the Chandlers' reason for propagating the 'lie' in the first place, which was getting a settlement for their claims.
We should remember that Evan Chandler mentioned many boys in his chronology, and Jordie Chandler mentioned all of the known 'special friends' while being evaluated by Dr. Richard Gardner. They obviously had no qualms about bringing up other boys.
To me, it just does not make sense to implicate other people if your story is a fallacious extortion plot. It would be too much of a risk. And since it goes against all notions of logic and street smarts, I am unlikely to believe the constant mentioning of Brett Barnes by Jordie Chandler was just some fabrication dreamed up by the Chandler adults.
I should mention that even though Jordie implicated other boys--all of whom denied being molested (of course)--he only suggested, such as in the case of Wade Robson, that they merely masturbated in front of Michael; Brett, on the other hand, was at the same, or greater, sexual level as Jordie himself.
So what was really meant by this Vaseline story?
It was this note in the chronology, written as a seeming afterthought, that first pushed me to re-examine this whole Brett Barnes issue. If we take what was written at face value, Michael Jackson lending a 'helping hand', or, rather, a few agile fingertips brandishing a dollop of Vaseline, in order to soothe Brett Barnes' bathroom woes could be mostly innocent, even if inappropriate. Michael, after all, was a self-proclaimed 'lover of children' (not all children, of course) and seeing Brett suffer from painful constipation would, undoubtedly, cause Michael to feel pain.
Although it could be somewhat of a stretch, according to his testimony on the stand, Brett did recall a favorite Neverland pastime of his that could give credence to what Jordie told his father and what Evan went on to write in their chronology of the scandal:
If Brett specifically remembered his eating of 'good food', it is safe to say he may have had a big appetite, as suggested by Michael to Jordie, and, thus, this big appetite led to the constipation Michael Jackson was trying to 'relieve' with these Vaseline exercises. But the seeming correlation of Brett being a healthy eater does not waive the suspicions dredged up by this story as a whole.20 Q. And what do you recall doing at Neverland21 during the times you stayed there?22 A. Playing arcade games. Going23 ATV/motorbike-riding around the property. Going on24 amusement park rides. And watching plenty of25 movies, plenty of cartoons. Eating very good food.
It should be reiterated that in spite of its seeming altruism, Nurse Michael taking it upon himself to apply Vaseline to the anus of an unrelated young boy was out of line. His lack of understanding of societal boundaries when it comes to adult-child interaction is legend, as his constant need for sleepovers with other people's sons has helpfully demonstrated.
However, it is difficult for me to imagine that Michael Jackson--one of the biggest celebrities in the world with a fleet of staff--was unable to locate someone else to assist Brett Barnes in his malady. Surely Michael Jackson did not have to resort to dispensing medical care!
Was it impossible to get a staff member to travel down to a local drugstore to get some kind of stool softener for Brett? By the way Jordie related it to his father, this practice seemed commonplace; was it then impossible to alert Brett's mother that her son's Neverland diet--most likely fizzy drinks, candy, and junk food--was disaffecting his gut so much so that he had a constant war on the toilet? With Mrs. Barnes informed of her son's condition, she could have prescribed that Brett watch his diet or use laxatives while he was away at Neverland.
There seems to exist numerous other alternatives for Michael Jackson to have taken over placing himself in the very sexually ambiguous situation of shellacking Brett Barnes' inner folds with Vaseline!
I believe there is more to this Vaseline story than meets the eye, that it was more than Michael Jackson innocently playing 'Nurse' to this 'special friend'.
I should note that I am not suggesting that what was presented straight away in the chronology is not true; I am suggesting, given Mrs. Barnes' lack of involvement in this Vaseline task, that the purpose of the activity was only on the surface medical.
Is it inconceivable, given the ridiculousness of Michael's explanation to Jordie about why this was done (Brett "eats too much") and the fact he told another 'special friend' at all, that Michael Jackson, knowing the peculiarity of the Vaseline task, was trying to tell Jordie something else as inconspicuously as possible?
It is my view that a boy of Brett Barnes' age could accommodate his own wastes, so much so he needn't involve someone besides his mother, if necessary. Thus, I find Michael's inclusion obtrusive and unnecessary, which is why the question as to whether or not he simply enjoyed the activity should be considered. The very fact his mother was not involved in the Vaseline task, though Michael was, not to mention Michael had told Jordie about he and Brett's 'ritual', makes me feel that this was something that needed to be done when Brett was around Michael, that is, it was only done when Brett and Michael Jackson were together.
But if we do take what was written in the chronology at face value, could it be that Brett Barnes' anus had been traumatized, so much so he could not use the bathroom without the aid of a lubricant (his 'big shits' exacerbating the problem)?
Recall the description* given to the Chandler attorneys.
At the close is the suggestion to get a 'med exam' for Brett Barnes.
But why such a suggestion if the task was so 'mundane', given Michael's seemingly straightforward explanation that he was only helping Brett Barnes because the boy 'ate too much'? (It's noteworthy to mention that suggesting to get a 'med exam' of another boy would be a very bold and brazen move on the part of someone whose extortion plot was predicated upon a 'big lie'.)
We must remember several things.
In Jordie Chandler's evaluation with Dr. Richard Gardner, Jordie mentioned that Michael would often bring up Brett--a boy of similar age and looks, as we will soon see--as a way of getting Jordie to participate in sexual activity when Jordie felt apprehensive, as well as guilting Jordie into this activity (Note: 'Tommy Jones' is Brett Barnes):
DR. RICHARD GARDNER: "So he spoke about his cousin. And what did he say about Tommy Jones?"
JORDIE CHANDLER: "He said that, um, like, if he wanted me to do something with him, he would say that Tommy did that with him, so that I would do it. And, like, if I didn't do it, then I didn't love him as much as Tommy did." [Jordie makes a heavy sigh.]He then added later on in the evaluation:
JC: "Right. But somewhere on the trip I said, 'I didn't like when you put your tongue in my ear and grabbed my butt.' Once again, he started crying and making me feel guilty, and saying there's nothing wrong with it, and referring to the levitators and Tommy. I think he referred to Tommy and said Tommy wouldn’t care if I did that to him."We must also note that Evan Chandler mentioned in the chronology that during a conversation he'd had with Michael Jackson, he asked Michael quite pointedly if he was engaging in homosexual intercourse with his son.
Although anal sex was never alleged by the Chandler family, note Michael's conspicuous avoidance of a direct answer. He did not deny that he engaged in anal sex, perhaps with young boys; he merely said he did not use the term 'fucking'.
In Evan Chandler's poorly edited telephone conversations with Dave Schwartz, Evan stated that he still did not know, even after his conversation with Michael as mentioned in the chronology, if Michael was having sex with Jordie:
Again, we must keep in mind that Michael Jackson's lack of an answer was an answer in itself. While he may not have been 'fucking Jordie up the ass', his lack of a denial could be seen as confirmation that he did have anal sex, and if the suspicion was that his primary 'sexual partners' were pubescent boys, could it be that the Vaseline story involving Brett Barnes means more than we realize?14 MR. CHANDLER: Dave, Jordy's -- I15 believe that Jordy's already irreparably harmed.16 MR. SCHWARTZ: Yeah.17 MR. CHANDLER: That's my true belief.18 MR. SCHWARTZ: I mean, do you think19 that he's fucking him?20 MR. CHANDLER: I don't know. I have no21 idea.
Can everyone see where I am going with this?
I believe that this Vaseline task, as mentioned in the chronology, was done for the purpose of relieving Brett Barnes' torn and traumatized anus when he would move his bowels. However, I also believe that there was a sexual component to this task. Coupled with Evan Chandler's questioning of Michael Jackson as to whether he and Jordie were having anal sex and the suggestion of getting a medical examination of Brett Barnes leads me to suspect the purpose of the Vaseline was because Michael Jackson was having anal sex with Brett and the reason for Brett needing Vaseline on his anus when he moved his bowels was due to his anus being traumatized from this penetration.
If this sounds incredible to you, I don't think it is.
Jordie Chandler stated Michael Jackson would often detail his 'encounters' with Brett, usually as a comparison between the two boys: if Jordie did not do something, Jordie did not 'love' Michael as much as Brett did, who was more 'open-minded'. It is reasonable to me that Michael would also, as inconspicuously as possible, allude to he and Brett's sexual relations: Michael tells Jordie that he applies Vaseline to Brett's anus because it bleeds when he 'doo doos'; Jordie is perplexed and asks why; Michael Jackson then comes up with a nonsensical reason, possibly as a way to not alarm a confused Jordie: Brett eats too much.
Since I believe the Vaseline story as mentioned in the chronology--specifically that Michael told Jordie about this activity--it is not an unreasonable question to ask, "Is it possible that Michael Jackson could have just 'innocently' applied Vaseline to Brett?"
It is absolutely possible. It was 'innocent' insofar that Brett Barnes was not an active sexual partner; but for Michael Jackson, it was undoubtedly sexual. One has to wonder why Brett Barnes would even tell his older, 'cooler' friend, the superstar, that he was constipated; one should also wonder why Michael Jackson would take it upon himself to grease the anus of a boy who was old enough to have done it himself.
I can only explain it as being sexual, especially when you take into account that the suggestion Brett Barnes should undergo a medical examination most likely means Evan knew there was enough trauma done to Brett's body and/or anus that it would be visible to a medical professional!
Although much maligned, one of the infamous 'Neverland Five' claimed to have been a witness, or, rather, an accomplice, to the Vaseline task.
I mentioned it very briefly in that last entry but Kassim Abdool, a former Neverland security guard, recalled bringing Vaseline to Michael Jackson sometime in 1993--the year was sketchy for him to remember--and noticing a boy in Michael's bedroom, as related in a prosecution motion regarding additional 1108 (prior bad acts) evidence and testimony.
It should be noted, as I have mentioned before, that the Prosecution team was unsuccessful in getting in this particular Abdool testimony before the 2005 jury. However, the corroboration between what Abdool claims to have seen--an erect Michael Jackson with a boy at the ready and in need of only a tub of Vaseline--and what was stated in the chronology is more than interesting, and more than coincidental.
In black and white, the Chandler chronology mentions the use of Vaseline by Michael with Brett Barnes. Kassim Abdool helpfully recalled that he brought the same product to an aroused Michael Jackson, which would also help to establish the sexual nature of this activity. The only question that remains is who really was this young boy. Abdool suggests that this boy was Jordie Chandler. If his memory is accurate, perhaps an erect Michael could have wanted the Vaseline for masturbation purposes with Jordie.
However, I am not sure it was really Jordie Chandler that Abdool claims to have seen.
We have to remember that Jordie and Brett were sometimes hard to tell apart, especially by members of the Jackson staff, who had little intimate contact with any one of the many fleets of young boys going in and out of Neverland.
Perhaps who the boy was lies in the eyewitness testimony of another former Neverland staff member, Ralph Chacon.
Under the 1108 evidence decision, Ralph Chacon, unlike Kassim Abdool, was permitted to relate his story to the jury during his April 7, 2005 testimony. It was the graphic account of how Michael Jackson, following a jacuzzi dip and showering off, went on to kiss the lips, nipples, and belly of this mystery 'special friend' before performing oral sex on the boy:
10 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Okay. So you went back.11 When you went back, where did you go to?12 A. I went back to the same area where the13 shower was located. There was a window, and I was14 able to see and they were no longer in the shower.15 Q. So you looked into the window?16 A. Yes, sir.17 Q. All right. And what did you see -- where18 did you see Mr. Jackson and the child at this point?19 A. I saw them standing in the nude in the20 middle area, and Jordie was on the right, and he was21 on the left side. Standing, facing each other.22 Q. Now, at the time that you saw that, what23 were the lighting conditions inside of the rest24 room?25 A. Oh, it was litted up, just that area there.26 Not where the shower’s at, but that area, it was --27 the lights were on.28 Q. Did you have any difficulty seeing in there?
Without a doubt, most Jackson fans will find fault with this testimony for the simple reason Ralph Chacon, like Kassim Abdool and the rest of the 'Neverland Five' troop, not only sold Michael Jackson-related stories to the tabloids but also lost a lawsuit against Michael Jackson. The group claimed they had been 'wrongfully terminated' following cooperation with the 1994 investigative grand juries, as well as having been harassed and threatened by the newly-hired OSS security staff. Regardless of the claims, the jury found him liable for stealing from Neverland and that they had all acted with 'malice and fraud' against Michael Jackson. The result was the 'Neverland Five' having to pay over a million dollars to Michael, which included his exorbitant legal fees**.1 A. Not at all, sir.2 Q. Now, from the point outside looking down3 inside, what did you see go on between the4 defendant, Mr. Jackson, and Jordan Chandler?5 A. I saw that Mr. Jackson was caressing the6 boy’s hair, he was kissing him on his head, and his7 face, his lips. He started kissing him on the8 shoulders and started going down to his nipples.9 Started sucking his nipples. Started going down to10 his penis and putting it in his mouth. And about11 that time I just -- I left.12 Q. Okay. You say you saw him go down and do13 what?14 A. He put the little boy’s penis in his mouth.
Because of this, I find that it is at least somewhat reasonable to view Chacon and his fellow 'Neverland Five' workers as suspicious.
After all, they went beyond the simple selling of stories (I think it is erroneous to believe someone is always lying if they sell stories to the tabloids) and had a judgement filed against them. It could even be suggested that following this judgement, perhaps these 'Neverland Five' workers wanted to get back at Michael Jackson by testifying against him in court in 2005.
According to his testimony, however, Ralph Chacon stated that he was subpoenaed to be in court for Michael Jackson's child molestation case and did not want to testify. The same went for his testimony in front of the grand jury in 1994.
Chacon also stated under oath that Michael Jackson's attorneys contacted and met with him prior to his grand jury testimony, hounding him about what he was going to say:5 Q. All right. Let’s go back just for a second.6 Mr. Chacon, were you subpoenaed to be here7 this morning?8 A. Yes, sir.9 Q. You’re under subpoena?10 A. Yes, sir.11 Q. Did you want to come testify?12 A. No, sir.13 Q. When you testified before the grand jury,14 were you under subpoena?15 A. Yes, sir.16 Q. Did you want to testify?17 A. No, sir.
Chacon continued:8 Q. At some time prior to appearing before the9 grand jury, pursuant to subpoena, were you contacted10 by attorneys representing Mr. Jackson?11 A. Yes, sir.12 Q. On how many occasions?13 A. I can remember two occasions that I was14 called to come before them.15 Q. And do you recall who those attorneys were?16 A. Mr. Steve Cochran, I believe, and I remember17 an Eric Mason. Mr. Sanger.18 Q. Do you recall where the first meeting19 occurred?20 A. It happened in Mr. Jackson’s outside office21 at Neverland.22 Q. And do you recall when the second meeting23 occurred?24 A. It happened in Santa Barbara at Mr. Sanger’s25 office.26 Q. And were both of these meetings prior to the27 time you were to appear before the grand jury, your28 subpoena date?1 A. Yes, sir.
Ralph Chacon also added that these attorneys offered him money:18 Q. Prior to your appearance before the grand19 jury, you told the ladies and gentlemen that you met20 with attorneys for Mr. Jackson; is that correct?21 A. Yes, sir.22 Q. And with regard to that conversation, did23 they want to know what you were going to say?24 A. They did.25 Q. And what did you tell them?26 A. I said that I got subpoenaed, and if I got27 subpoenaed, that I would just speak the truth, but I28 didn’t tell them what I knew, but they wanted to1 know.2 Q. They wanted to know, but you wouldn’t tell3 them?4 A. Yes, sir.5 Q. But you told them you were going to tell the6 grand jury the truth?7 A. Yes, sir.8 Q. And did you do that?9 A. Yes, sir.
18 Q. After your conversations with Mr. Sanger and19 Steve Cochran about your grand jury appearance, were20 you offered a raise?21 A. Yes, sir, I was.22 Q. And it was before your testimony actually23 occurred before the grand jury, correct?24 A. Yes, sir.25 Q. So it was in between the time they found out26 you were going and the time that you actually27 appeared they offered you a raise?28 A. Yes, sir.
All of this may seem ancillary to the main point--that Ralph Chacon claimed to have been a witness to Michael Jackson fellating a 'special friend'--but it goes well towards his believability. Surely, there would be no point of attorneys 'harrassing' someone if everything that went on at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was perfectly innocent, not at all suspicious and never sexual.
One has to wonder, then, in light of the conduct of Michael Jackson's attorneys, what kind of 'Neverland behaviors' were potentially on display to the workers there, so much so that Jackson henchmen feared a lowly security guard may spill the beans without financial incentive not to!
But let's return to who Chacon actually saw.
As Chacon stated to the jury, he observed Michael Jackson head to the jacuzzi and then into the pool area showers with a young male visitor to Neverland, where he then witnessed Michael kiss and perform a sex act on this same boy. Again, according to Chacon's recollection, this young boy was Jordie Chandler.
But was it really?
Like Kassim Abdool, we have to realize that Chacon had given an account of an incident occurring twelve to thirteen years before the trial at which he testified; understandably, his memory may have been sketchy. He did not know who the boy was for sure and assumed the boy he saw with Michael Jackson was Jordie. On the stand, Ralph Chacon acknowledged the boys looked similar according to his estimation:
Again, is it possible that, like Kassim Abdool, Chacon saw Brett Barnes instead of Jordie?19 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Now, Mr. Chacon, are you20 familiar with a child by the name -- a young boy by21 the name of Brett Barnes?22 A. Yes, sir.23 Q. And have you seen Mr. Barnes before?24 A. Yes, sir.25 Q. Have you seen him at the ranch before?26 A. Yes, sir.27 Q. Have you seen him in the company of the28 defendant before?1 A. Yes, sir.2 Q. On how many occasions?3 A. Numerous occasions. I couldn’t give you a4 figure.5 Q. When Mr. Barnes was at the ranch, do you6 recall whether or not his parents were with him?7 A. At times they were; at other times they8 weren’t.9 Q. Now, with regard to the child you’ve10 described and identified as Jordan Chandler, and the11 child that you also saw as Brett Barnes, can you12 tell us what they look like?13 A. Well, to me, I always got them confused,14 because they looked the same, similar. I know one15 was a little bit shorter than the other. But, you16 know, I always got them confused, but they looked --17 they looked alike. Maybe one had hair a little bit18 shorter than the other.
The exact same incident to which Chacon testified at trial appeared in the Prosecution's "Prior Bad Acts" motion. In the motion, the description of the boy is given in further detail and helpfully reveals who the boy Michael orally copulated really was.
In her May 6, 2005 testimony, Lisbeth Barnes, Brett's mother, verified that her son wore his hair long:
Ralph Chacon may have inaccurately stated on the stand that this boy had been Jordie Chandler but by the description of this 'special friend', which was also verified by his mother, the boy was Brett.14 Q. How old do you believe Brett is in those15 photographs?16 A. About 12, I would say. Probably 12, 13.17 Probably 12, I’d say.18 Q. He had long hair that he wore at the time?19 A. Uh-huh.20 Q. Did he wear long hair for a number of years21 like that?22 A. He did. And then he had -- he had a haircut23 in 1993, and then he grew it again.
For me, I find Chacon's careful delineation quite significant.
If Chacon had stated he'd been a witness to any molestation of Michael Jackson's most notable victim, Jordie, I would have found him less credible. The reason for this is not because the molestation of Brett Barnes would fit my thesis that Michael had made victims of all or most of his 'special friends'; that is incidental. Chacon would have been less credible because it would be convenient to claim, especially as someone who had been seeking damages from Michael Jackson, he'd seen such a molestation of the victim who'd been paid a multimillion-dollar settlement.
Without any pretense, Chacon simply described the boy he saw, and it happened to be long-haired Brett Barnes. Significantly, he also described a boy who spent a lot of time at Neverland, many times without his parents. According to Brett's own testimony, he often went to Neverland by himself:
But we'll return to Chacon's eyewitness account a little later; what we know now is that Michael Jackson allegedly performed oral sex on Brett Barnes.21 Q. Did you ever go to Neverland without a22 parent going with you?23 A. Yes.24 Q. So sometimes you would fly all the way from25 Australia to Neverland, is that right, by yourself?26 A. Absolutely.
It is common knowledge that Michael Jackson's 'special friends' shared his bed and, apparently, the parents of these 'special friends' took no issue with their young sons being under the covers with a man in his thirties. Creepily, Brett Barnes' mother, Lisbeth, shed light on the history of her son's sleeping arrangements at Neverland.
According to Mrs. Barnes, her son began sleeping with Michael Jackson on the family's first trip to Neverland when he was just nine-years-old:
Continuing further along, Mrs. Barnes acknowledges her nine-year-old son, Brett, was sleeping in the bed with Michael Jackson before that first stay was over:11 BY MR. ZONEN:12 Q. Miss Barnes, good morning.13 A. Good morning.14 Q. Your child Brett was how old when he first15 met Michael Jackson?16 A. Nine.17 Q. And was that on the occasion of your first18 visit?19 A. Going on ten. Yes.20 Q. He was nine years old?21 A. He may have been ten.
27 Q. At what stage did your son begin to stay in
28 his room or with him in a hotel room, together?
1 A. I don’t remember.
2 Q. Well, the first time you’re telling us --
3 A. It’s not the first few nights. It could
4 be -- I’m not really sure exactly when.
5 Q. By about the third night?
6 A. Could be. It could be a little bit later.
7 Q. Fourth night?
8 A. I don’t remember.
9 Q. This is a trip that went about three weeks;
10 is that right?
11 A. That’s correct.
12 Q. The trip was paid for entirely by Mr.
14 A. That’s correct.
15 Q. And that included all of the transportation
16 for you, your husband and your two children from
17 Australia to California and back; is that right?
18 A. That’s correct.
19 Q. As well as all of your housing
20 accommodations, travel needs and entertainment; is
21 that right?
22 A. That’s correct.
23 Q. Did he purchase gifts for the four of you
24 while he was there?
25 A. Yes, he did.
26 Q. And by the fourth night, your son was
27 sleeping in his room; is that correct?
28 A. No, I didn’t say by the fourth night he was
1 sleeping in his room.
2 Q. What night was it, then?
3 A. I’m not sure what night it was.
4 Q. Was it within the first week?
5 A. It could have been. It may have been. It
6 may not have been. I don’t remember.
7 Q. But he was sleeping with your son in the
8 same bed before this trip was over; is that correct?
9 A. That’s correct.Notice how Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen juxtaposes the luxury provided to the Barneses by Michael Jackson with how soon Brett began sleeping with him. Although to some it may seem as if it is a sleazy insinuation, it is relevant. Is it not possible that the Barnes parents had been somewhat blinded by Michael's hospitality so much so they thought it rude to brandish their concern?
It is possible.
In the testimony immediately following the previous exchange, Mrs. Barnes does assert, though, this sleeping in bed with Michael Jackson was not a constant thing and occurred if only by accident.
10 Q. All right. Was he sleeping in the same bed
11 with your son for an extended period of time?
12 A. On -- no, not -- not continuously, no. Just
13 on-and-off basis when they were -- the times when my
14 son would fall asleep when we were there, and he
15 stayed there and -- rather than having to go back
16 to -- outside into the unit.We can only speculate why Mrs. Barnes stammered in her answer; perhaps she fully knew that, while at Neverland, Brett stayed mainly in Michael Jackson's bedroom, not with his family in the guest units, but did not want to reveal this tidbit to the jury. However, Brett's sister, Karlee Barnes, was much more open about the truth in her testimony:
27 Q. BY MR. AUCHINCLOSS: Now, Miss Barnes, how
28 many nights have you spent at Neverland?
1 A. I don’t remember. It’s been that many that
2 I -- I simply can’t recall.
3 Q. Hundreds, maybe?
4 A. Well, I wouldn’t say hundreds. But
5 definitely more than 10, 20, 30 times, yes.
6 Q. More than a 100?
7 A. I don’t remember, but maybe.
8 Q. Okay. And of that 100 or so nights at
9 Neverland, you’ve spent only two nights in Mr.
10 Jackson’s room?
11 A. That I remember, yes.
12 Q. Okay. And of those 100 nights that you
13 spent at Neverland, how many nights was Mr. Jackson
15 A. Probably about 80, 90 percent.
16 Q. Okay. And of that 100 nights, how many
17 nights was your brother there?
18 A. All the time.
19 Q. Okay. Every time that you were there?
20 A. Every time I was there, my brother was
21 there, yes.
22 Q. And of those hundred or so nights, 80
23 percent of the time your brother slept -- when Mr.
24 Jackson was there, your brother basically slept in
25 Mr. Jackson’s room virtually every one of those
26 nights, didn’t he?
27 A. Yes, because he wanted to.
28 Q. That’s a “yes” or “no” question.
1 A. Yes.The Barnes family maintained under oath that it was always "Brett's decision" to stay the night with Michael Jackson*** and that the family had no real issues with the arrangements. However, Mrs. Barnes stated that there were conversations had between she and her husband regarding Michael Jackson's penchant for boy sleepovers.
7 Did your husband ever express any concerns
8 to you about your son sleeping in the same bed with
9 Mr. Jackson?
10 A. No.
11 Q. Did you ever discuss it with him at all?
12 A. Yes. We talked -- well, we didn’t see
13 any -- any reason -- we talked about it. It wasn’t
14 a discussion, as such, that -- because I couldn’t
15 make a decision and say, “Well, yes, it’s okay,” and
16 not consult my husband, because he’s part of the
17 family. So....Mrs. Barnes stammers again with her answer but it is quite clear that allowing her young son to sleep in the same bed with a man in his thirties was not something a married mother could decide to allow without her husband's input. One must wonder, though, if she could answer affirmatively that her husband saw no harm in it, to what can we owe the stammering and the need to ask in the first place? The testimony continues:
18 Q. So at some point in time there was a
19 discussion that you had with your husband about your
20 son sleeping with Michael Jackson?
21 A. A conversation that we decided whether we
22 should -- whether it was okay, because we didn’t
23 want to impose on Mr. Jackson.
24 Q. Was this the sole issue that you were
25 dealing with was whether or not your son sleeping
26 with him was an imposition for Mr. Jackson? That
27 was the sole concern you had?
28 A. Yes.I find Mrs. Barnes incredible. If the main worry was that a nine- or ten-year-old boy was 'imposing' on a superstar, they could have easily told their son he was not allowed to do so. But this does not explain her seeming trepidation with regard to answering the questions about how many conversations were had about the topic and how often Brett slept in the same bed with Michael Jackson.
1 Q. How many conversations did you have with
2 your husband about the question of where your son
4 A. I don’t remember.
5 Q. More than ten?
6 A. No. I don’t remember.
7 Q. Do you remember at what age your child was
8 at the time of that discussion?
9 A. No. I don’t remember.
10 Q. He could have been ten?
11 A. I don’t remember. I’m sorry.
12 Q. Could have been 13?
13 A. I don’t remember.
14 Q. Do you know if he had already been sleeping
15 with Mr. Jackson for a period of three or four years
16 by the time you had this conversation with your
18 A. I don’t think so.
19 Q. Well --
20 A. I think it would have been before, before
22 Q. Perhaps a year?
23 A. No. It would have been at the beginning, I
25 Q. So your son was closer to age ten, or
26 perhaps age ten at the time this happened?
27 A. That’s correct. Yes.So, we do know that, at least, in the beginning, before scruples were exchanged for luxury and the high-life, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes had been apprehensive about allowing their nine- or ten-year-old son to sleep in the bed with Michael Jackson, then a thirty-something-year-old man. Of course, Michael Jackson's fans will claim that Lisbeth Barnes was earnest in her answer that they were solely concerned about the impositions upon Michael, never that they felt understandably uneasy about the sleeping arrangements.
It is interesting to notice that Mrs. Barnes initially feigned a cloudy memory when asked how old Brett was when she and her husband had had these conversations about sleeping in Michael Jackson's bed and then finally agreed that her son was quite young, or too young to sleep with an unrelated adult male. Perhaps she knew how it sounded and how bad it made her look as a parent.
Now let's return to Ralph Chacon.
Chacon's eyewitness testimony--that he had seen Michael Jackson preform oral sex on Brett Barnes--was the catalyst for the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorney's offices decision to make a trip to Melbourne, Australia in order to see if it was possible to question Brett Barnes as a part of their investigation. The trip occurred in June 1994, following the secretive yet enormous January settlement with the Chandler family; law enforcement was looking to bolster a quickly crumbling case.
According to a Prosecution motion regarding Lisbeth Barnes' anticipated testimony, Brett's mother intended to testify that District attorney Tom Sneddon had 'invented' the allegation that Michael Jackson orally copulated Brett Barnes as a way to strengthen his 2005 criminal case on the 1108 tangent.
But as stated in the motion, Mrs. Barnes knew of Ralph Chacon's allegation since Michael Jackson's first molestation scandal, and this was verified and attested to under penalty of perjury by two of those in attendance, Judge Lauren Weis-Birnstein and Deputy attorney William Hodgman.
Note the fourth picture in the set.
According to Hodgman, when the subject of Michael Jackson fellating Brett Barnes was broached, Mrs. Barnes did not protest the allegation, but merely withdrew, holding her head down, while Mr. Barnes became indignant with his wife. A few days later, the Barneses decided they would not allow Brett to cooperate with the investigation.
We can only speculate the reasoning behind Brett's parents' reactions, although it is reasonable to suspect, especially when coupled with these conversations Mrs. Barnes testified as having with her husband about the Neverland sleeping arrangements, that they, at the very least, could have expected molestation may occur or even had been occurring, perhaps under their noses, during these sleepovers. It is then when they are faced with the reality of Brett having been molested, they display the emotions of real parents.
Given Mr. Barnes' anger, perhaps he had not had knowledge of these Neverland sleepovers or that he had not directly approved them; he apparently seems to shift the onus of blame for Brett's molestation onto his wife.
One also has to wonder what moved the Barneses from possibly allowing Brett to cooperate with the investigation to disallowing him to do so.
We do know two things: Mrs. Barnes lied about District attorney Sneddon making up an allegation of oral sex between Brett and Michael Jackson, for she had known about the incident to which Ralph Chacon was witness to since 1994; additionally, they did not deny it, but felt gutted and, in Mr. Barnes' case, angry that it had happened.
The interesting thing about this 1994 meeting is that, according to testimony, Mrs. Barnes offered to testify in Michael Jackson's 2005 trial (Brett Barnes offered as well following his being contacted by Brian Oxman****) but had previously refused to cooperate in 1994 with regards to the alleged molestation of her own son. Perhaps she found it easier to cooperate in 2005 when Brett had not been a (recent) victim.
This lack of cooperation, of course, occurred after Brett Barnes had appeared on television vouching for Michael Jackson's character; rather, before there had been any allegation of sexual misconduct on Michael's part against Brett, the Barneses had no problem appearing in Anthony Pellicano's televised and well-orchestrated attempts to paint Jordie Chandler as the 'lone liar' among all of the other 'special friends'.
The question remains: why cooperate to defend Michael Jackson in 1993 but not cooperate with a simple questioning of Brett Barnes in 1994? If Brett was never a victim of molestation, as was contended in 1993 and then again in court in 2005, surely his parents would have felt it fine to allow him to be questioned in 1994. After all, no harm could have come to Brett if Michael was, as he stated in the video, like one's "father/brother/sister/mother" and that Brett felt as though he knew Michael in a "past life"!
The simplest explanation for this reticence on the part of the Barnes family is that they had something they wanted to hide from police, or something they chose to hide about Michael from the police; notice how two days elapsed following the meeting in Melbourne, Australia before they decided to not participate.
Maybe money exchanged hands.
Ralph Chacon's positive ID of Brett Barnes as having been the boy on whom Michael performed oral sex and the reactions of the Barnes parents after hearing of such allegations is an explosive indication that Brett was involved in sexual activity with Michael Jackson at some point in time. Naturally, it was expected, especially given the sheer amount of nights he spent in Michael's bed, a total of 365 days at one point according to sister, Karlee.
18 Now, when you went on tour with Mr. Jackson,
19 you spent how many nights on tour?
20 A. Well, as I said, it was about half the year
21 I was in Europe when I was in the seventh grade, and
22 about half of the year I was in South America in the
23 seventh -- in the eighth grade.
24 Q. How old was your brother at that time?
25 A. I was what, 13, 14. So he would have been
26 about 11 or 12.
27 Q. And virtually every night on that tour, Mr.
28 Jackson slept with your brother Brett?
1 A. Yes.
2 Q. How many nights would that have been,
4 A. Let’s see, let’s divide 365 days into half.
5 Q. Okay. Is that about it? About --
6 A. Well, if I said I spent half the year
7 overseas with him one year and half of the year
8 overseas with him the other year, I think that would
9 total about 365 days altogether.
10 Q. Okay. So 365 nights he spent the night
11 alone with your brother in his room?
12 A. Yes.We all know that Brett Barnes gave testimony on the stand that he slept with Michael Jackson in the same bed--even when other beds were available--until he was at least nineteen-years-old.
Given the timeline helpfully revealed by Lisbeth Barnes, Brett slept with Michael Jackson from age nine to age nineteen, a total of ten years! This is in stark contrast to the other boys, such as Wade Robson, who said he stopped sharing Michael Jackson's bed when he was thirteen- or fourteen-years-old. His May 5, 2005 testimony on the subject:
(To note: Wade Robson saying that he "didn't stop sleeping with" Michael does not mean he continued to sleep in the same bed, but that he was 'clarifying' the Prosecution's use of the term "sleeping with", which tends to denote sex.)23 Q. When did you stop sleeping with Mr. Jackson?24 A. I guess when I was about, I don’t know,25 maybe 13, 14, something like that.26 Q. Why did you stop?27 A. I didn’t stop sleeping with him. I just28 haven’t spent the night with him, I mean, in his1 room or anything like that since then, I don’t2 think.
9 Q. So you stayed in the room with Michael
10 Jackson when you were 18 years old?
11 A. Yeah.
12 Q. You’re 22 now?
13 A. 23. 23.
14 Q. So you were 19 years old?
15 A. Yeah, I guess.
16 Q. Did you share a bed with him at that time?
17 A. Yeah, I did.The colossal question is why would a nineteen-year-old man sleep in the same bed as a man in his forties? And why did Brett not simply 'grow out' of these Neverland sleepovers, like Wade and, doubtless, other 'special friends' did?
I find that the simplest explanation would be that Brett Barnes was in love with Michael Jackson. It would go well to explaining how a decade could pass and he still insisted on sleeping with him. According to Brett, had Michael Jackson not had children, he would have continued to sleep in the same bed with him.
What would be purely speculation about answering why he stopped sharing Michael Jackson's bed? If what Ralph Chacon saw--oral sex between Michael and Brett--is any indication of the types of goings-on between the two during their sleepovers, it is no surprise Brett wanted to continue to have them!12 Q. Do you still sleep with Michael Jackson?13 A. No, I don’t.14 Q. How old were you when you stopped sleeping15 with Michael Jackson?16 A. I couldn’t tell you that.17 Q. Why don’t you still sleep with Michael18 Jackson?19 A. Well, he’s got kids now.20 Q. And?21 A. And I -- it would be purely speculation if I22 told you. I could not answer that knowingly,23 like -- it’s just --
And these sexual games of course could not occur if any of his young children were in the room.
At the end of all of this Brett Barnes exploration, what do we have?
We have a couple who, in March 1992, heard strange sexual noises--and we know this because they reported it due to Michael Jackson's child molestation scandal--from Michael's train compartment, his only companion within the compartment being Brett Barnes. They then reported the strange sounds to the train's conductor and then, over a year later, to the police.
We have the eyewitness testimony of former security guard Ralph Chacon, who witnessed Michael Jackson performing fellatio on a long-haired young boy who spent lots of time at Neverland without his parents. Although Chacon stated incorrectly during the trial that the boy he had seen was Jordie Chandler (who did not have long, dark, and straight hair), his physical description of Brett Barnes enabled investigators to positively identify the boy, so much so they traveled to Australia to talk to the Barnes family.
We then have Jordie Chandler, the enigmatic accuser who became a multimillionaire, who told his father of a strange and inappropriate activity Michael shared about applying Vaseline to Brett's anus, allegedly as a way to assuage the boy's constipation because he would be torn and bleed if not for the soothing petroleum jelly. We can only speculate whether what was recorded in the chronology should be taken at face value or, rather, should we take notice of the fact that Michael could've been revealing the Vaseline activity to Jordie as a surreptitious 'introduction' into anal play, and more specifically, anal sex.
Evan Chandler apparently extrapolated the real meaning of the task and boldly suggested Brett should get a medical examination; he felt Brett could be demonstrative in establishing Michael Jackson's prolific molestation of boys.
Although we cannot be entirely certain who the boy was that Kassim Abdool saw when he allegedly fetched an aroused Michael Jackson a tub of Vaseline, if he, too, like Ralph Chacon, was confused by Jordie Chandler and Brett Barnes given their like features and coloring, it is possible we have an eyewitness to this Vaseline activity between Michael and Brett. It would be the simplest explanation when we couple Jordie's revelation that Michael Jackson used Vaseline to manipulate Brett's damaged anus.
Finally, we have Brett Barnes' own conduct: the sleepovers he insisted on having--as demonstrated by Lisbeth and Karlee Barnes--that went on for a decade, only ending because Michael Jackson had children. Michael Jackson claimed sleepovers with children--by extrapolation, this includes his 'special friends'--consisted of cookies, soft music, and warm milk before tucking them into bed; it is doubtful Michael Jackson had tucked a nineteen-year-old man into bed.
The only rational conclusion one could make for what went on during those sleepovers between two sexually-mature adult men in bed together is some kind of sexual relations.
When I asked last time "Was Brett Barnes a victim?", all I had was notes given to Chandler attorneys and Jordie's interview with Dr. Richard Gardner to substantiate my claims; I was merely establishing reasonable suspicion that Brett could have been sexually abused. Now, we have credible eyewitnesses who've added sex into the equation.
To me, none of this is terribly complicated, nor should it be. Michael Jackson and his besotted boy, Brett, were sex partners from the time Brett was nine until he was nineteen. There no longer can be any doubt the sexuality of their 'special friendship', given the powerful evidence in support of it.
* The drawn description that appears in Victor Gutierrez's book Michael Jackson Was My Lover is not the same description Jordie Chandler made for police in 1993, which was the subject of this Prosecution motion regarding whether Jordie's description of Michael Jackson's splotched penis given to Rosibel Ferrufino should be admissible. The drawn description in Gutierrez's book is the description dictated by Jordie Chandler to his father, Evan Chandler, and, as such, appears in Evan's handwriting. This was the description given to the Chandler attorneys.
** According to Diane Dimond's book Be Careful Who You Love in the chapter "The Neverland Five", she notes that one of the OSS guards named a defendant in the lawsuit brought by the 'Neverland Five', Jerome Johnson, gave a court-sworn declaration stating Michael Jackson's chief of security, Bill Bray, and Bettye Bailey, who worked with Bray, both stated they had lied to the 1994 investigating grand jury about Michael's molestation of young boys. From page 180 of the paperback edition:
Jerome Johnson said he called Bettye Bailey in Los Angeles so she could try to calm Bill Bray [following an altercation with one of the OSS guards]. The next thing he knew Michael Jackson was calling on the phone to speak to Bray. Jerome said he was standing in the doorway and was able to overhear Bray's part of the conversation.
"Mr. Bray was upset with Mr. Jackson, and he was telling Mr. Jackson how [he] had lied to the grand jury about Mr. Jackson's molesting boys to protect Mr. Jackson. After the conversation, Bill Bray told me directly that he had lied to the grand jury regarding Michael Jackson molesting little boys. Bettye Bailey also told me she knew that Mr. Jackson had been molesting little boys."While this declaration had been given by Jerome Johnson, he, unfortunately, was caught trying to extort $7 million from Michael Jackson and pled the Fifth amendment when put on stand, thus, not helping the 'Neverland Five's' case. It is worth noting that Johnson, who had worked for Michael Jackson for seven years, would have only been successful in extorting Michael had he had real insider dirt; extortion is only feasible when the extortioner has something over the extorted's head.
*** Carl Toms, the author of the controversial and highly informative analysis Michael Jackson's Dangerous Liaisons, noted with regard to Karlee Barnes' testimony of Brett's 'wanting' to sleep in the bed with Michael Jackson thusly, from page 491:
She insisted she had no reason to believe anything illegal happened, with that turn of phrase ["My brother wanted it,"] she might as well have said right out, "My brother wanted sex"--and it could be that is what she would have said, but for the fact she was there to get Michael out of trouble, not drop him in it. The fact that Brett "wanted it", whatever "it" was, found further evidence in the young man's own testimony (allowing for his "speculative" memory) that he was no less than nineteen on the final occasion when he shared Michael's bed--positively geriatric in terms of Michael's preferences. One feels by this time the star may have been charitably doing Brett a favour.One knows full well that Karlee did not mean "Brett wanted sex" but Toms accurately characterizes the most likely reason why Brett, in comparison to all other 'special friends', continued to sleep in the bed with Michael Jackson.
**** As an interesting tangent to Brian Oxman's contacting Brett Barnes to testify in court, according to Maureen Orth's July 2005 Vanity Fair article "CSI: Neverland", Oxman also offered Jordie Chandler money to not testify in Michael Jackson's 2005 trial:
Sneddon's biggest disappointment was that Chandler, now 26, refused to testify in the current case. For a year and a half Sneddon entreated him, but he also gave him his word that he would not subpoena him. Chandler was in fact pressured by both sides. I have learned that a prosecution witness told authorities that Brian Oxman, a member of the original defense team and a Jackson-family lawyer, had obtained Chandler's cell-phone number and placed repeated calls to him. In addition, Oxman reportedly told Chandler he could write his own check if he would refuse to testify. That information is in the hands of the law, which could investigate for obstruction of justice. (Oxman said he is prevented from commenting because of the gag order.)