The father of Jordan Chandler, the boy who first accused Michael Jackson of molesting him, has committed suicide.
Evan Chandler, 65, was found dead in his waterfront, luxury apartment in New Jersey after shooting himself in the head. The ex Beverley Hills dentist was in bed with a single bullet shot to the head. A police source said he was still clutching the gun when he was found. Police said there was no suicide note. His body was discovered on November 5th but details only emerged yesterday.
A family source told the New York Post that Chandler had undergone plastic surgery and regularly administered Botox injections in his face that made him virtually unrecognisable from the time he first accused Jackson sixteen years ago.
In 1993, Mr Chandler accused Jackson on behalf of his then-13-year-old son. It was the accusation that initiated Michael Jackson’s fall from public grace. After a 13 month proble by police the case never went to court because Mr Chandler and his son brought a civil lawsuit against Jackson who reportedly settled the case out of court for $20 million although he always denied wrongdoing. Jrdan Chandler refused to testify in the cri ninal case against Jackson.
Both parties signed a confidentiality agreement not tot talk about the case but in 1996 Mr Chandler filed a $60 million suit against Jackson and his then wife Lisa Marie Presley.
It was claimed that they breached the agreement by talking about the case on television. The lawsuit wasdismissed three years later.
Jordan Chandler is now 29 and lives in long Island New York under an assumed name and has never spoken publicly about the allegations.
In 2005 Jackson was cleared by a jury after another boy, Gavin Arvizo, alleged he had been molested at the singer’s Neverland ranch.
Jackson died in June this year of a drug overdose at the age of 50, His personal doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, is the focus of a police investigation.
After learning of Chandler’s death yesterday, former Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Thomas, the officer in charge of the first Jackson probe, said: ‘Everybody in this whole saga was touched tragically.’