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FBI file on Michael Jackson shows investigations into molestation allegations, extortion attempt

December 22, 2009 |  9:59 am

Portions of a voluminous file the FBI kept on Michael Jackson were made public today at the request of media organizations, showing the agency's investigations into molestation allegations as well as extortion attempts.

The 333 pages detail the agency’s work investigating at least two accusations of child molestation – one in 1993 and another in 2004 --- against the late pop icon.

The files alluded to a 1997 child pornography probe involving the pop star in which no charges were filed.

The papers also include casework on a 1992 extortion plot targeting the singer, according to a summary provided by the agency.

The files cover seven different investigations by the FBI between 1992 and 2005, the year a Santa Barbara County jury acquitted him of charges he molested a Los Angeles boy.

Jackson died in June at the age of 50 from what the coroner’s office determined was a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. The death was listed as a homicide and law enforcement officials are pursuing a manslaughter investigation against the performer’s personal physician.

Dr. Conrad Murray admitted administering the drug as a sleep aid before Jackson’s death.

The FBI files released today do not include any materials about that death investigation.

-- Harriet Ryan

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