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The horror of a STRIP SEARCH

November 21, 2009

Horrified by the ordeal of a strip search Michael had to go through in December 1993 I initially avoided placing here the description of this strip-of-all-dignity procedure.

However the information from the link may be gone one day and this is why I reluctantly decided to relate the sad story (the way it is told by Taraborelli).  I am not sure of the author’s credibility at all – so I’m asking you to disregard all the ‘embellishments’ he added to the description.  The factual side of the strip search is awful enough to convey the feeling of utter humiliation and frustration Michael must have been experiencing at the time.

I wonder if those who will read it EVER DARE blame Michael for taking painkillers to dull his unbearable pain. It made me nauseous just to visualize the whole thing…. The procedure would be simply impossible for any of us to go through – so what was it like for a pure, innocent and beautiful soul like Michael?

He nevertheless managed to survive it… And many other things which were equally bad…  Doesn’t it mean that despite all his gentleness Michael was the TOUGHEST MAN ON EARTH?

“….There was nothing more humiliating for Michael Jackson than when police strip-searched him while investigating the allegations that he had molested 13-year-old Jordie Chandler.

The boy had given a detailed description of the star’s body and the detectives needed to check if it was true. Jackson was warned that if he refused to cooperate, he’d be arrested and taken away in handcuffs.

After the police arrived at Neverland, it took lawyers an hour to persuade him to leave his bedroom. Finally, he came into the living room clearly agitated, wearing a brown dressing gown. He blocked his face with his hands, as if thwarting the paparazzi.

He was told to stand on a platform in the middle of the room. ‘Please don’t make me do this,’ he pleaded. ‘Sir, we have no choice,’ said one of the detectives.

Staring at a picture of Elizabeth Taylor on the wall, Jackson removed the dressing gown, to reveal a bathing suit. ‘You’ll have to take that off, too, sir,’ said the detective. Michael slipped off the bathing suit . . . under which he was wearing boxers. ‘Sir, please,’ the detective said.

Crying softly, Michael took off the boxers and stood, stripped not only of his clothes, but of all his dignity. All eyes peered at him to see if he was circumcised, as Jordie had claimed (he wasn’t). ‘Oh my God,’ Michael whimpered. He looked as if he was about to faint.

The police circled him slowly, making notes about his body, the colour of his buttocks and private parts. A photographer took pictures before Jackson jumped off the platform. ‘That’s enough,’ he said, before fleeing the room.

He was persuaded to return by his lawyers after 15 minutes of cries, shrieks and pleas. A plaintive wail resonated through the house. Michael Jackson had been broken. He pounded his feet against the floor.

Again, he stood naked. More pictures. Then videotape. ‘Please, can we stop now?’ Michael pleaded.

One of the doctors produced a ruler, at which point Jackson’s doctor intervened. ‘That’s it,’ he said firmly. ‘Mike, get dressed.’ Jackson ran from the room, shaking and screaming:  ‘How could this happen to me?'”

(from “Michael Jackson: The Magic And The Madness” by J. Randy Taraborrelli)

30 Comments leave one →
  1. laurie solomon permalink
    June 26, 2015 12:05 pm

    The whole thing makes me sick. Sneddon did this just to humiliate Michael. On a lighter note maybe these sick assholes just wanted to see Michael’s beautiful body which is something his fans unfortunately have never seen. I said “lighter note”. The whole thing is so upsetting I don’t have the words.

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  2. December 14, 2011 11:15 am

    Randy J. is full of shit, sorry. How can he recount this when he wasn’t even there? The guy met Michael ONCE back in the 70’s, and yet his book “The Magic and the Madness” is full of first-person accounts of private conversations in Michael’s life. Don’t trust him.

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  3. rip mj permalink
    December 14, 2011 3:13 am

    gunngirl randy was not making mike sound like a girl mike was just so sad and broken that that had happened to him. U would do the same thing if that happened to u

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  4. April 10, 2011 7:34 am

    That is a horrible retelling by Tarraborreli. He writes Michael like a crying, shrieking girl which is almost as dehumanizing and humiliating as the strip search. He should be ashamed for that account. I was not there, and I find it hard to believe it went down the way he says it did. I think his retelling is overblown.

    I can’t stand the gay talk, and I don’t remember anything about them checking his anus. And if he was gay, he liked gay adult males. Gay men don’t just sleep with any males that just happen to be walking by. I’m sorry, I’m just so disgusted…again!

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  5. March 31, 2011 2:01 pm

    I am so horrified and feel so much like our beloved Michael suffered he did not deserve it, this humiliation, as he endured it all really does not sei.Michael was much more than a strong one brave hero My hope for justice. Justice for Michael

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  6. Dialdancer permalink
    March 30, 2011 7:25 am

    @ David,

    Please accept mine as well. Ares was correct I for my part was unnecessarily argumentative. I am afraid I have done what I tell others not to do in reference to Michael not to forget you are human and as such can make mistakes.

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  7. lcpledwards permalink
    March 29, 2011 2:19 pm

    Guys, I have deleted all of the comments that were posted subsequent to my apology. I made a mistake in posting an assumption that I did not verify, and I it caused a tidal wave that wasted a lot of time and energy on a petty and irrelevant issue. Because it was a comment, and I was answering a question about something I thought people would gloss over anyway, I did do the same meticulous research that I would normally put into a post. Let’s all learn from my mistake and verify the info that we comment on.

    We have a lot of work to do, and a lot of ground to cover, and we can’t allow ourselves to be distracted with minor issues, whether it’s from a hater or from ourselves! A few weeks ago, a hater pretended to be a fan, and had us arguing ad nausem over the issue of Barely Legal that Star claimed that MJ showed him. That person tried to make us prove that Star really lied, and was practically saying we were mistaken in believing that he was caught in a lie. I went out of my way to prove that Star was caught in a lie, and fortunately I had already included this info in my rebuttal so it was easy for me to research this, but nevertheless it was a huge distraction. This latest episode is no different, except for the fact that it was internal. We can’t let this happen again.

    Thank you.

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  8. lcpledwards permalink
    March 28, 2011 2:45 pm

    @ Olga and Shelly
    Well, I guess I was wrong then! I never said conclusively that MJ’s photos were in that collection. I heard that rumor somewhere, but never really researched it thoroughly. I don’t know what MJ did with is copies of the photos. All I know is that Sneddon’s photos are locked up somewhere, and they were never leaked (because he knew it didn’t match), and as a result of the photos not leaking he was able to perpetuate the lie that they did match.

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  9. March 28, 2011 1:27 pm

    David it’s very difficult to be included in the memorabillia collection because if MJ had them, I guess he would not throw them here and there and no one would be able to view them. I don’t know if he kept a copy.

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  10. Tatum permalink
    March 27, 2011 6:27 pm

    @Paulie
    Taraborelli is such an ass.
    I couldn’t agree more with that comment.

    There are other versions of the same story taken from others who were actually in the room during the search. The only thing Taraborelli gets right is that Michael was in an emotional state while the search happened, but he wasn’t shrieking and crying, he was pissed 0ff as hell.

    Question: Michael never got those photos back, correct?

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  11. Dialdancer permalink
    August 1, 2010 3:11 am

    @ Suzy

    Michael may not have needed to tell them anything. He very much liked swimming and water slides. There is a video of him swimming and splashing with Jordan in attendance. I imagine that no matter how good a skin cover up is, it wears away. He may have spoke of his skin condition if asked by Jordan in an innocent, non embarrassing manner. The chances of seeing random body parts are good especially during horseplay. I was reminded of this in April when observing some guys in a swimming pool. Hiking trunks back up and so forth. Michael may have felt he could be more natural with boys as he had with his brothers.

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  12. Suzy permalink
    July 26, 2010 12:48 pm

    I bumped into this quote by Diane Dimond. She was reflecting to Ian Halperin’s claim of Michael being gay. Somewhat surprisingly from her, Dimond said the following:

    “Here’s what I think,” Diane says. “Over all the years that I have been looking into his life, I have found no evidence that Michael Jackson was gay. I have never spoken to any men who have claimed and proven they were Michael’s lovers.”

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nsXGizV0j50J:www.etonline.com/news/2009/07/76381/index.html+diane+dimond&cd=11&hl=hu&ct=clnk&gl=hu&client=firefox-a

    So Dimond doesn’t believe MJ was gay after all? Wow. Since she believes that he molested little boys, she probably means that he is not interested in adult men, only minors.

    Not that it matters what Dimond thinks of Michael’s sexuality. The reason why I bring it up is rather one thing that Helena noted some time ago about the strip search of Michael. That it was somewhat strange that they were checking his anus, since the charges didn’t include penetration, and she speculated whether Sneddon was just curious if Michael was gay and wanted to check it. You know what? I can see Sneddon doing so. And since we know that Sneddon was leaking information to Dimond, I think her comment above may show us that Sneddon’s findings were negative…..

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  13. fouckyou permalink
    July 21, 2010 1:47 am

    Why do you have to analyse every single thing ?? They asked for the photos because they had nothing to lose.As Evan said when he is finish with this MJ would be humiliated and his carrier would be over.But i ask you this, if Michael knew that there would have been a match why didn’t he settle the case before it becomes known to the Media ???

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  14. fouckyou permalink
    July 21, 2010 1:34 am

    Diane Demon IS IN LOVE WITH JACKSON.

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  15. lynande51 permalink
    July 20, 2010 5:02 am

    They also called Dr Klein and Debbie Rowe to testify to the Grand Jury about Michaels private parts. Dr. Klein said he had never seen Michae’ls penis and Debbie Rowe had treated him for a spot , not on his penis, but his testicles where he had once accidentaly gotten the cream on them. There is no mention of a spot on his penis only on his testicles. The reason they called them and his cosmetic surgeon was to find out if he had foreskin restoration. It was their premise while Michael was in Rehab he was really getting his foreskin redone.LOL I can give you a definitive answer on that score. Foreskin reconstruction takes from 9-12 months to complete and it is done in a series of 3-4 surgeries and stretchings. Michael would have had to start it before he ever had Jordan come to Neverland. Tarraborreli also goes on to say that a circumcised penis look th esame as an uncircumcised one when erect well as you can see in the circumcision thread it does much more thant people think. Tarraborrelli is circumcised that I know for sure if he bought into that.

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  16. Paulie permalink
    July 20, 2010 4:33 am

    What’s to wonder. They wanted to humiliate Michael and see him naked. Just like they needed 70 sheriffs to raid his house. It was overkill. They didn’t need a (legal) reason or a precedent. I’m sure everyone in that room needed to be there. All they needed was his lawyer (for his civil rights), a doctor, one detective, and MAYBE a photographer.

    On a lighter note, from what I’ve been able see, after all those stupid rumors about female hormone injections, castration, and questions about his sexuality, I bet they were in for a shocker when Michael unfurled his….

    Okay my mind always wanders when it comes to Michael…I just had to go there (lol)

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  17. Paulie permalink
    July 20, 2010 4:27 am

    Tamborelli is such an ass. Michael was constantly “shrieking”, “fainting”, and “fleeing”, a regular Camille he was.

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  18. Suzy permalink
    July 20, 2010 4:26 am

    @ lynande51

    “It was actually suggested by their side to the police offered by the psychologist Stanley Katz as proof that Jordan had seen Michael.”
    That was what I had a question about earlier this thread. Why do you guys think they suggested the strip search when Jordan didn’t see Michael’s body?

    Seems like they had certain information about his private parts (that it was splotchy) and thought that would be enough to call it a “match” – wherever the splotches are (about that they could still say they changed position because of his vitiligo – like they actually planned it in All that glitters).

    I personally think Michael probably told them not only about his vitiligo when they were still friends, but also about that he is splotchy everywhere, even in his private area. Maybe he told about it Evan when he drugged him up with Torbiner.

    However they weren’t prepared about the question of circumstion.

    At least that is my theory. What do you think?

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  19. Paulie permalink
    July 20, 2010 4:22 am

    You should read the Diane Demon version who can almost feel the spittle on the page as she gleefully spews out the details (adjective after adjective) as though Michael should have skipped to the proceedings and was “weird” (there goes that word again) for feeling humiliated and violated for having his genitals handled.

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  20. July 20, 2010 2:49 am

    parts 39 to 40.

    I have not watched this Youtube series, but it is what I am hearing.

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  21. David permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:11 am

    @ lynande51

    I found two videos with portions of Bashir’s second hit piece on MJ that aired on February 11th, 2005 called “Michael Jackson’s Secret World”. I think this is the one you asked about.

    This was shown by ABC in order to reinforce the negative image of MJ as a child obsessed “p” who likes young boys. The program focused on all of his “special friends” like Mac Culkin, Jimmy Safechuck, and Corey Feldman. Of course, Bashir called on his partners in crime Raymond Chandler, Diane Dimond, Wendy Murphy, and Maureen Orth for their worthless opinions. But to be fair and balanced, he also included LaToya Jackson and J. Randy Taraborrelli to defend MJ.

    At the 7:00 minute mark in Part 39, Bashir talks about MJ’s relationship with Corey Feldman. He brings up the time when Feldman was at MJ’s apartment, and MJ showed him the book with nude photos of men &WOMEN with STD’s. But what Bashir doesn’t tell you is that it was Feldman who initiated the conversation by first noticing the book on MJ’s coffee table, and then ASKING MJ to tell him about the book. By leaving out that important piece of info, Bashir implies that MJ took the initiative to show him for his own devious reasons.

    Feldman wasn’t on speaking terms with MJ during this time, and that’s why Bashir was able to exploit his story and twist it to seem like something sinister was going on. But ironically, Feldman is a freakin’ hypocrite because in an interview he gave a few weeks ago, he admitted to going to the Playboy Mansion as a teenager. So Feldman threatens to beat up a man who would show his son a book with STDs, but I wonder if he would beat up Hugh Hefner if he allowed his son to party at the Playboy Mansion?

    Part 39

    Feldman 2005 Interview
    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/LegalCenter/story?id=481709&page=1

    Feldman 2009 interview
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/corey-feldman-on-katherine-jackson-shes-a-strong-woman_article_33934

    In part 40, Bashir lied and said MJ’s settlement was $25 million, which is waaayyy overblown! And at the 6:00 mark, he brings up Gavin’s accusations. You’ll see quack psychologist Carole Lieberman talking about how seeing Gavin resting his head on MJ’s shoulder sent “chills up her spine” (which is exactly what Bashir wanted when he told Gavin to place his head there prior to the start of the interview, per Aphrodite Jones). Fortunately LunaJo67 IMMEDITATELY shows the portion of the rebuttal tape where Gavin and Janet openly MOCK that scene!

    BTW, Dr. Lieberman is the psychologist who “discovered” Daniel Kapon’s “repressed memories” of abuse by MJ in 2004, just in case her name sounds familiar! This was discussed in the “Phantom Victims” post.

    Part 40

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  22. lynande51 permalink
    July 20, 2010 12:45 am

    Is there any way to find Bashirs second documentary that was only shown in Europe? I have looked all over the web for it and can’t find it. I know he couldn’t show it here because it was released in Feb 2005 just prior to jury selection and that would have violated the gag order so he would have been in contempt of court for it. I’m just curious because I use these things to find questions to ask and things to look for on the web, so if you could point me in the right direction I would sure apreciate it.

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  23. lynande51 permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:58 pm

    I imagine his mother has custody of his tapes. She would be the only one he trusted with them if he didn’t have htem destroyed. No they have never asked for a description of a perpetrators genitals before and have never asked since. It was actually suggested by their side to the police offered by the psychologist Stanley Katz as proof that Jordan had seen Michael. Everything sounds a llittle different when you think about it. Oh the information about the description and body search comes from their own book.

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  24. July 19, 2010 11:47 pm

    I have a question. Does anyone know what happened MJ’s videotapes and photographs? He had his own film crew. Where ever they are they seem to deeply buried.

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  25. Dialdancer permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:36 pm

    Has there even been another case where the filming of someone genitalia who was accused of sexual misconduct or molestation occurred?

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  26. Dialdancer permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:31 pm

    Randy has written on several major personalities, none had their original biography revised or updated by him, except Michael’s. Not even Madonna with her ongoing ups and downs. I am reading each version or supposed updated book Randy T. has written on Michael noting fabrications, misinformation and so on.

    To the best of my knowledge there are 9 books on Michael written by this person. Each has something different. It is not just an update taking off where the last left off. There are so called facts told in earlier books which aren’t in newer or there are correction of “insider” information…….. (MJ an addicted and died due to drugs in Jul 09 book)…. (used Coroner’s report in Oct 09 book)

    As I said there are 9 books all in English, but not all were advertised or sold in the USA. Just like Bashir’s European denunciation of MJ which was worse then his initial betrayal.

    Here is the list. I have all except the 1993 book it is extremely rare and the 2003 is often sold to the unsuspected as the 1993 book. We know the book’s name, I removed for here.

    Michael Jackson: J. Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Birch Lane Press
    ISBN: 1559720646 Edition: Hardcover; 1991-05-01

    Michael Jackson: J. Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books,.
    ISBN: 0345375327 Edition: Paperback; 1992-04-22, c1991

    Michael Jackson: J. Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
    ISBN: 0517108496 Edition: Hardcover; 1993-06-02 (selling for $200.00+)

    Michael Jackson: J.Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
    ISBN: 0747246785 Edition: Paperback; 1994-07-07

    Michael Jackson J. Randy Taraborrelli
    Publisher: London : Sidgwick & Jackson, 2003.
    ISBN: 0283073799 Edition: Hardcover 2003 ڍ18.99

    Michael Jackson: J.Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: London : Sidgwick & Jackson, 2003-09-19.
    ISBN: 0283073802 Edition: (Pbk)

    Michael Jackson
    J.Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Pan
    ISBN: 0330420054 DDC: 781 Edition: Paperback; 2004-06-04

    Michael Jackson: The Whole Story, 1958-2009
    J. Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group
    ISBN: 0446564745 DDC: 790 Edition: Hardcover; 2009-08-05

    Michael Jackson: J.Randy Taraborrelli,
    Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
    ISBN: 0283071133 Edition: Hardcover; 2009-10-02

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  27. July 19, 2010 5:13 pm

    Lynande: “The truth of this whole story can only be found if you break it into very small details and pick them apart. In Tarraborrelli’s book Michael was supposed to have become enraged when Evan asked him if he was F****** Jordie up the A**. In ATG he was supposed to have giggled.”‘

    Lynande, it is great we are employing the same system. It is only when you know your sources and compare them that you can see how incredible those lies are – one lie contradicts the other to such an extent that both are becoming impossible. Keep doing your research, dear friend.

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  28. lynande51 permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:51 pm

    I don’t know if any of you have ever compared the 3 versions of J.Randy Tarraborrelli’s books. The first one didn’t contain this information because it was published before the Chandlers. The second one has one version and the third another. In the last one Michael was supposed to have turned to Bill Bray and screamed at him not to ever let this happen to him again. Once again trying to paint him in a negative light insinuating that he was behaving like a spoiled child rather than a broken hearted man. The truth of this whole story can only be found if you break it into very small details and pick them apart. In Tarraborrelli’s book Michael was supposed to have become enraged when Evan asked him if he was F****** Jordie up the A**. In ATG he was supposed to have giggled. Both of these show him in an entirely different light so which one is the truth ?My guess would be neither one.

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  29. Suzy permalink
    July 19, 2010 12:13 pm

    I came across this quote on the All for Love blog about the strip search:

    It’s interesting to note that many people who have not learned the facts about Jordie Chandler’s inability to accurately describe Michael’s penis also claim that Michael Jackson settled after the body search because of the description. However, it behooves us to pose this question: If there was going to be a match, why not settle before the body search? Michael Jackson was always a very private person. He had been shy and religiously observant. Why would he allow photographs of his penis to be taken if a settlement could have prevented the body search that so embarrassed him? [b]Remember, the body search was prompted by the Chandlers’ allegations; without their cooperation, there would be no body search. In addition, the Chandlers’ lawyer began asking for a body search a month before the subpoena was issued. Therefore, Michael had adequate notice that the Chandlers would request such a search.”[/b]

    I have a question regarding the bolded part: were it really the Chandlers who pressed for the strip search or were it the authorities? We know the description didn’t match and that it didn’t bring them the expected result. IMO Jordie never saw Michael’s penis, so why did they press for the body search then? Was it a kind of bluff on their part, hoping that MJ would get so scared of the humiliation that they could get him settle immediately?

    Of course to ask for a strip search included risk for them as well in case it doesn’t match – like indeed it didn’t, but in that case they could rely on Sneddon still twisting facts so as if they had been a match. Like he indeed did. And let Jordie give a second description AFTER the search…..

    What do you think?

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  30. Dylan permalink
    March 13, 2010 11:55 am

    I stopped reading after he took of the boxers….I cant, man…

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