The investigators in New Jersey seized memorabilia of pop star Michael Jackson, including Calvin Klein briefs, as evidence in the child molestation case against the “King of Pop,” authorities said on Monday.
Investigators took the underwear and several newspapers from an Asbury Park, New Jersey, warehouse in early March at the request of Santa Barbara, California, District Attorney Tom Sneddon, who is investigating Jackson, said Robert Honecker, a Monmouth County, New Jersey, prosecutor.
Jackson, 45, pleaded innocent last Friday to charges of conspiring to commit child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment in a 10-count indictment handed up by a Santa Barbara County grand jury.
He is also accused of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and plying the boy with alcohol.
In New Jersey, investigators took the Calvin Klein briefs as well as some newspapers lying underneath the underwear as evidence, Honecker said.
The New York Post reported on Sunday that the briefs could contain trace body fluids that might provide a sample of Jackson’s DNA. The Monmouth County prosecutor would not confirm that account.
“That’s not for me to say. It’s for Santa Barbara,” he said.
Investigators are expected to compare the underwear’s DNA sample with samples found on a mattress and on other items taken from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch during a raid last November, the Post reported.
The owner of the items, Henry Vaccaro, told investigators he obtained the memorabilia as part of a default judgment in a lawsuit and found the items as he was repackaging the collection for resale, Honecker said.
The Post also reported that Santa Barbara investigators took photos and handwritten notes from the collection.