According to WPIX of New Jersey, the father of the young boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation was found dead. Evan Chandler, the boy’s father, was found dead on November 4, 2009 at approximately 5: 35 p.m. According to reports, Evan Chandler died from a self inflicted gun shot to the side of his head and the case is being handled by authorities as a suicide.
Evan Chandler’s son, Jordan Chandler, was a close friend of Michael Jackson and then accused him of molestation. The case was settled for an estimated $20 million dollars. Reports state that Jordan Chandler claimed he was molested by Michael Jackson during their friendship in 1993. Jordan Chandler also filed a restraining order against his father, Evan Chandler after stating the his father had hit him on the head with a 12 ½ pound weight.
A felony complaint was filed against Michael Jackson on behalf of Gavin Arvizo, another child who accused Michael Jackson of child molestation, on December 18, 2003. Though Jordan Chandler did not testify in the trial, evidence regarding his case was used.
Michael Jackson was indicted on April 21, 2004, he was found not guilty on June 14, 2005 after the jury deliberated for a period of 32 hours. Deliberation took one week. After the verdict was read, Michael Jackson’s attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr., told news reporters that his client was innocent and always had been innocent.
Since Michael Jackson’s death, there have been rumors circulating that Jordan Chandler admitted to lying regarding the molestation charges. There has yet to be any proof to confirm that Jordan Chandler admitted he lied.