Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Trial - Verdict - June 13, 2005
Michael Jackson goes through security as he arrives at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, Calif.

November 2003 – June 2005

For all of Michael Jackson’s talent and hard work, his legacy will forever be tainted by one ugly and recurring storyline. The first allegations of child molestation against the King of Pop arose in 1993, though charges fell apart under scrutiny. Nearly a decade later footage taken for a documentary by Martin Bashir had enough questionable content that Jackson was arrested in November 2003 and indicted on seven counts of child molestation and other charges. Jackson was acquitted on all charges less than two years later.