Evan Chandler, 65, the father of a young boy who alleged that he was molested by Michael Jackson in 1994 , was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his luxury apartment in New Jersey earlier this month.
RadarOnline.com reported that Chandler’s body was found on November 5 by the concierge at his apartment building.
“There was no note found in the apartment, but officers did find medication in keeping with a serious medical condition,” a Jersey City police spokesperson told the site. Police said Chandler was found dead on his bed with a single gunshot wound to his head and a gun in his hand in what they believe was suicide. Police were sent to check on the gravely ill Chandler after he’d missed a doctor’s appointment.
In the early 1990’s, Chandler alleged to the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara police that Jackson had molested his 13-year-old son, Jordan, who was a frequent companion to the pop star and often spent the night at the singer’s Neverland Ranch. The boy gave a taped account of the alleged abuse to police in 1994 in which he described Jackson’s private area, prompting officials to request that Jackson submit to having his genitalia photographed as evidence, a process the singer said in a taped address to fans was one of the most humiliating of his life. Though officials launched an investigation, the case never went to court because the family settled with Jackson for an undisclosed amount that was rumored to be $20 million.
In the recent book “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson,” celebrity journalist Ian Halperin wrote about an alleged conversation between Evan Chandler and his ex-wife’s second husband, in which Chandler, upset that Jackson had cut ties to the Chandlers, threatened that he was going to go after the singer for money. “And if I go through with this, I win big time,” Chandler allegedly said. “There’s no way I lose. … I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever. June will lose [custody] and Michael’s career will be over.”
Halperin also claims in the book that Chandler, who was attempting a career as a screenwriter, went to police with the allegations after extracting a tooth from Jordan, whom he’d put under with the controversial sedative sodium amytal, a drug that experts have claimed makes patients very susceptible to suggestions. Evan Chandler reportedly underwent numerous plastic surgeries to alter his appearance to disguise himself from fervent Jackson fans that would shout abuse at him in public.
The father and son made news again in 2005 when Jordan, 26 at the time, accused his father of hitting him in the head with a 12 pound weight and spraying him in the face with pepper spray. Evan Chandler was charged with assault and weapons charges in the incident, but the charges were later dropped.