There is no disputing that pop icon Michael Jackson, who passed away on June 25, had a strange sexual obsession with young boys. In the midst of their shock and grief, Michael's fans were able to put aside the past to pay tribute to the fallen star.
But one fan who knew Michael more intimately than most will never forget the past. Terry George was only 13 when Michael Jackson befriended him. The young British fan couldn't believe his luck when Michael asked him for his number so he could call him from the United States.
The calls began a week later, and at first they seemed normal enough. But after 5 months of small talk, Jackson's tone and demeanor changed almost overnight.
“He’d ring at 9pm on the dot three times a week and we became like best friends,” Terry recalled. “But on this night he sounded different. The line went quiet and I asked if he was still there.
"Then, suddenly out of nowhere, he asked me if I masturbated and that if I did, did I use cream? I was puzzled
and said no. I said I didn’t know what he meant.
"When I paused he said, ‘Would you believe that I am doing it right now?’ and I could hear down the line he was making strange noises. It made me feel confused and uncomfortable.” READ MORE...
Evidence shows that Jackson was not an aggressive pedophile. He was cautious, preferring to court his young subjects for months before making his move. And even then, Jackson seemed to be more obsessed with the boys' masturbation techniques than he was with actually molesting them.
Terry, now a 42-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur, said: “Michael was a musical legend and genius. But what he did when I was a teenager was wrong.”
There are rumors that Jackson's 2nd victim, Jordy Chandler -- the one who settled out of court for $22 million, has come forward to admit he lied. But that story may prove to be a hoax. The fact remains that Jackson was driven to Jordy's home on numerous occasions where he spent night with the youngster in his bed.
To be sure, that is bizarre behavior for any grown man, much less a superstar who lived under a microscope.
We should stop making excuses and blaming Michael's pathology on his lost childhood. Michael was not a solo star as a child. He was a member of the Jackson 5. If Michael lost his childhood then so did his brother Marlon who was only a year older than he.
The two boys were inseparable and therefore shared the same childhood experiences. Yet Marlon grew up to be a stable productive member of society. For that matter, so did Janet and Randy.
Actors Shirley Temple and McCauley Culkin were both mega child stars, on a larger scale than Michael was as a kid. And, as a result they were both under tremendous pressure. But both Culkin and Temple grew up normally.