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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Dear Gene Simmons
I am writing to you in the hope that you will take the time to read this letter regarding Michael Jackson and child molestation allegations.
From your Twitter account, you stated that it was a fact that Jackson settled out of court twice; once for $22 million and another for $3.5 million. Michael Jackson did in fact, settle out of court twice with two boys' parents, once for roughly $20 million, the other for $2.6 million. However, did you know that in both of these instances, the parents did not immediately go to the police? Evan Chandler, Jordan Chandler's father, contacted Jackson's attorney and immediately tried to negotiate a settlement amount. Blanca Francia, Jason Francia's mother, who was a former Neverland maid, contacted an attorney whose specialty was civil suits due to injuries.
Don't you find that odd, Mr. Simmons? Besides murder, the most heinous crime in the world is child molestation. If God forbid, you discovered that either of your children had been molested, what would your first reaction be? Would it be to go to the police? To have this person arrested, to seek justice and prevent another child from the same fate? Or, would it be to negotiate a civil settlement? As a parent, I highly doubt you would seek monetary gain, but rather justice and protection for your child.
Secondly, in the Chandler case, two grand juries (one in Santa Barbara and one in Los Angeles) were dismissed and never chose to indict Jackson. If there was an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the claim of child molestation, why wasn't Jackson charged and/or arrested?
Thirdly, and as stated above, the second accuser's mother was a former maid at Neverland Ranch. What most people do not understand is that Blanca Francia was fired for theft. Two other maids corroborated that Ms. Francia stole a watch from Jackson, and acted obsessively over Jackson. She was ultimately fired. Francia and her attorney, who specialized in civil suits, contacted Jackson and told him and his lawyers about their plans to file a civil suit against Jackson. Again, and like the Chandlers, they did not go to the police.
Francia sold a story to the old investigative TV show, Hard Copy. In that show, she stated that she had seen Jackson in the shower with a young boy, and two pairs of underwear were outside of the shower stall. However, in her deposition with one of Jackson's attorney, she swore under oath that she had never seen Jackson showering with anyone.
I'm sure as an entertainer, a man with perceived considerable wealth, that you, above anyone else, can appreciate the view that some employees and acquaintances might be out for personal gain or notoriety or both. Would it be fair to state that you might have felt the very same when Victoria Jackson sued you for sexual assault? When the headlines were screaming that you "dry humped" Ms. Jackson? When you sued Ms. Jackson but it was thrown out of court?
Would it be equally fair for the public to believe that you intentionally defamed your ex-girlfriend when you settled the lawsuit she filed against you? In this instance, is the settlement the equivalence of your guilt?
As a father, you are still here on earth to protect your two children from the harsh realities of fame. Your two children still have both their parents. However, Michael Jackson's children have lost their main parental figure. Paris Jackson, Michael's only daughter, was recently hospitalized for an alleged suicide attempt. It is imperative that you consider these minor children, when you make claims against their father. I'm sure you would want the same for your own children.
It is very easy for us to see one aspect of a claim, and immediately make a decision that someone is guilty. Yet for those in the entertainment industry, the factors are much more complex. Greed, lust for their 15 minutes, and tabloid journalism muddy the waters with regard to the truth. I can only hope that you will look past all of these factors, and dig deeper when it comes to the allegations against Michael Jackson.
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