Michael Jackson's family is coming to his defense following a tabloid site's claim that it has obtained disturbing new reports stemming from a 2003 search of the music icon's home.
On Tuesday, Radar Online alleged that it had uncovered "never-before-seen reports from the Santa Barbara Country Sheriff's Department that show the true depths of [Michael's] depravity," including photos from a pornography collection and a video from November 2003 of cop's invading the late King of Pop's secluded Neverland Ranch.
Charges of child molestation were originally brought against Michael in 1993, but he was acquitted in 2005. The photographs and documents from the police reports were never released to the media, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department told ET in a statement on Wednesday.
"Some of the documents appear to be copies of reports that were authored by Sheriff's Office personnel as well as evidentiary photographs taken by Sheriff's Office personnel interspersed with content that appears to be obtained off the internet or through unknown sources," the statement, released by public information officer Kelly Hoover, read. "The Sheriff's Office did not release any of the documents and/or photographs to the media. The Sheriff's Office released all of its reports and the photographs as part of the required discovery process to the prosecution and the defense."
"The documents with a header titled Sheriff's Department that contain a case number appear to be Sheriff's Office documents," the statement continued. "The photos that are interspersed appear to be some evidentiary photos taken by Sheriff's investigators and others are clearly obtained from the internet."
Almost immediately after the alleged police reports surfaced, Michael's 18-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, took to Twitter to speak up.
"Unfortunately negativity will always sell," Paris wrote. "I urge you all to ignore the trash & the parasites who make a career trying to slander my father."
"The most pure people are always torn down," she added. "It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent."
Paris followed up her statement with a seemingly Photoshopped picture of her late father from his "Scream" music video, in which he rocks a pair of headphones while sticking out his tongue and flipping off the camera. "#mood," she captioned it.
Michael's brother, Jermaine Jackson, also took to Twitter, expressing his thoughts in a series of tweets.
"In death, Michael still suffers trial by media but his exoneration is enshrined in court transcripts 'journalists' are too lazy to read," the 61-year-old former Jackson Five member wrote, adding, "Let Michael rest in peace. Leave. Him. Alone."
RT 1: Sadly typical of imbeciles @RadarOnlineCom to recycle 'police report' story containing lies about Michael DISPROVEN long ago.
Saturday will mark seven years since Michael died at the age of 50 at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, California. Amid the new report, the Estate of Michael Jackson gave the following statement to ET:
"Seven years ago this coming Saturday, the world lost an amazing artist and humanitarian devoted to helping children in need in all corners of the world. Michael Jackson's fans, including the Executors of his estate, prefer to remember the wonderful gifts Michael left behind instead of having to once again see his good name dragged through the mud by tabloid trash.
Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara calls ‘content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through unknown sources’ is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael's passing. Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael via sleazy internet ‘click bait’ ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on every one of the 14 salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch hunt.
Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life even though he isn't here to defend himself. Enough is enough."