Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Criminal Investigation Involves Michael Jackson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Criminal Investigation Involves Michael Jackson

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Pop star Michael Jackson is the subject of a criminal investigation that one of Jackson's security guards says was prompted by an attempt to extort money from the musician.

Anthony Pellicano, a private investigator who says he worked with Jackson for four years, told KNBC-TV Monday that the investigation was prompted by "an extortion gone awry."

"Besides all the damage this is going to do, Michael will prevail," Pellicano said. "These people tried to extort Michael for a lot of money. When we would not pay, a phone call was made to Child and Family Services, which started this investigation." He offered no further details.

"I can confirm that the LAPD is conducting a criminal investigation involving Michael Jackson," said police Cmdr. David Gascon, but he refused to provide any details.

He said the district attorney's office had been contacted.

Gascon would not confirm a report by KNBC that search warrants were served Saturday at Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch near Santa Ynez, Calif. …

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