A swarm of official vehicles, including a mobile forensic lab, began arriving at 8:30 a.m., and about 60 investigators spent all day on the grounds, according to Senior Deputy Sheriff Tim Gracey. He said further details of the case might be disclosed at a news conference at 11 a.m. today in Santa Barbara.
Jackson has spent the past 2½ weeks in Las Vegas shooting a video for new single One More Chance, from his Number Ones disc, which was released Tuesday.
In a statement, Jackson questioned the timing of the search and slammed the “rogue’s gallery of hucksters” fanning Tuesday’s media frenzy. “These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released,” Jackson said.
Jackson became the target of a sexual molestation investigation 10 years ago after a 13-year-old boy in Los Angeles filed suit accusing the singer of sexual battery. In 1994, the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorneys’ offices announced they would not file charges. The boy, then 14, had settled a civil suit for an undisclosed amount and would not take the stand in a criminal case against Jackson.
The self-anointed King of Pop has seen his musical stature steadily decline as personal scandals and legal troubles replaced hits and awards in headlines.