Leave him alone.
Michael Jackson is back in the tabloids yet again over the molestation scandal that nearly brought down his career and ruined his life with the release of the 2003 police investigation reports that allegedly show the pop icon had stashes of child pornography and other disturbing materials hidden away at his Neverland Ranch estate.
Of course, MJ is no longer here to defend himself against the allegations, but his ex-girlfriend Shana Mangatal is. The model and author, who was close with Jackson from 1988 until his death in 2009 and wrote a book about their relationship, ripped the so-called reports in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday morning.
"I was speaking to Michael nearly every day during the 1993 allegations and also involved during 2003," Mangatal writes. "Nothing illegal was ever said to be found at Neverland- only art books that can be found on Amazon. That is clearly stated in the actual documents that were released."
She continued, "He had art books everywhere, many given to him as gifts. He never threw anything away. Please only believe the facts that are presented to you and not the sensationalized stories attached to them."
Mangatal also links to an interview she gave to RadarOnline.com just last month, which she calls "perhaps one of the only positive MJ stories they've ever printed." Clearly, she's serious about defending her friend's legacy.
Read her full post below:
Michael's daughter, Paris Jackson, also weighed in on the tabloid reports via Twitter:
Unfortunately negativity will always sell. I urge you all to ignore the trash & the parasites who make a career trying to slander my father.— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 22, 2016
The most pure people are always torn down.. It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent.— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 22, 2016
Sadly, MJ can't escape controversy, even seven years after his death. But despite all this, his music and estate continue to thrive. Catch up on the state of his affairs with BET Breaks, above.
(Photos from top: Shana Mangatal via Instagram, Chicago Review Press)