As famous and iconic as he was, Jackson's life was as defined by controversy as it was by music. Through Elephant Man bones and pet chimps, most of his quirks were passed off as harmless oddities, until the allegations of child molestation started to surface in the mid-1990s. Though Jackson was cleared of nearly all charges, his career and legacy was thereafter tainted. The allegations continue to dog him even after his death.
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