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Jackson Paid Worker's Son Millions, NBC Says

September 03, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Michael Jackson paid $2 million to the son of an employee at his Neverland Ranch in 1990 to avoid an accusation of child molestation, according to a report by "Dateline NBC."

The TV newsmagazine did not disclose its source of information about the reported payment, which was the subject of a segment to be broadcast Friday night. In it, retired Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Thomas, now an NBC news analyst, said his office investigated Jackson in 1993 in connection with one boy's claim and came upon the second accusation.

The first boy reportedly was paid $15 million to $20 million by Jackson to avoid charges he thought would damage his career even if proved untrue.

Jackson has denied harming any child and is fighting charges he molested a boy in 2003.

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