Michael Jackson sex abuse jury ‘were convinced star WAS a paedophile but didn’t have enough evidence to prove his crimes’

Michael Jackson sex abuse jury ‘were convinced star WAS a paedophile but didn’t have enough evidence to prove his crimes’

The King of Pop was acquitted of all ten charges relating to his alleged molestation of a 13-year-old boy in 2005.

But jury foreman Paul Rodriguez said he was "very troubled" by the tales of abuse and warned: "he just has to be careful how he conducts himself around children."

Megastar Jackson dodged a guilty verdict because he had not been charged for the offences they thought he was guilty for.

Prior allegations had been allowed as "propensity evidence" – to provide context to the main charge.

Jurors believed he had been guilty of a string of previous sex crimes – but couldn't nail him for the one in front of them due to lack of evidence.

Rodriguez said: "We couldn't weigh that with this case in particular.

We all felt that he was guilty of something

"We all felt that he was guilty of something. But we feel that if he didn't learn from this experience, then it's up to another jury to convict him."

Law professor James Cohen added: "The purpose of evidence like this is to show the person's modus operandi – that this is a bad person who has behaved in a certain way with others in the past and that he probably behaved badly in the crime alleged in the prosecution's case in chief"

Jackson was charged with the crimes after a series of sleepovers at his Neverland ranch with young boys.

The star and his supporters have always claimed the sleepovers were innocent.

In 2005, juror Raymond Hultman said Jackson "probably has molested boys."

He said: "I can't believe that this man could sleep in the same bedroom for 365 straight days and not do something more than just watch television and eat popcorn.

"I mean that doesn't make sense to me, but that doesn't make him guilty of the charges that were presented in this case and that's where we had to make our decision."






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