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Michael Jackson’s Former Maid Spoke Out about King of Pop’s Home: ‘There Was a Lot of Vaseline at Neverland'

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Aug 05, 2023
12:30 P.M.
  • The former maid of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, revealed shocking details about the sordid events that happened at Neverland in an interview that came out a decade after his death.
  • Adrian McManus worked for the global icon for four years, cleaning his Neverland estate.
  • During the interview, McManus spoke about how "there was a lot of Vaseline at Neverland."
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Global superstar sensation and arguably one of the biggest stars worldwide, Michael Jackson, best known as the King of Pop, achieved a level of success most artists spend their lifetimes attempting to reach. The late music icon sold well over 75 million albums across the United States alone and garnered 7th place on RIAA's top-selling artists of all time list.

Having started his legendary career at a very young age with his brothers to form the world-renowned musical group, The Jackson 5; they became the first-ever group to have four of their singles becoming number one records on the chart. Of the four singles, the ever-popular record "ABC" earned them their first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By A Duo/Group.

Michael Jackson during a press conference before his "HIStory" world tour in 1996 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson during a press conference before his "HIStory" world tour in 1996 | Source: Getty Images

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By the time he went solo and the 80s rolled around, the "Beat It" singer's career skyrocketed. In 2008, the Grammys inducted what is considered to be his most successful album, "Thriller," which sold 29 million copies, and his 1979 album "Off The Wall," into its Hall of Fame.

He was also known for his incredible talent and ingenuity as a dancer, with millions across the globe attempting to emulate his famous moonwalk signature dance move. The late star's additional historic achievements include becoming the first artist to win eight consecutive Grammys in one night.

He also achieved two Hollywood Walk of Fame stars and a Grammy Legend Award (of prestigious exceptional merit). Additionally, his childhood band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to name a few others.

Michael Jackson at the opening of the stage musical "Dream Girls" in Los Angeles, 1983 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson at the opening of the stage musical "Dream Girls" in Los Angeles, 1983 | Source: Getty Images

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Sordid Allegations Were Made against Michael Jackson during the Height of His Fame

Jackson captured the hearts of countless individuals around the world: his talents and kindness mesmerized millions. However, accusations brought forward against the musician in 1993 and 2003 alleged that he performed horrifying misconduct on minor boys.

Additionally, precisely ten years following his demise, a two-part, four-hour-long documentary, "Leaving Neverland," spearheaded by two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, revealed unimaginable actions done by Jackson. Safechuck and Robson, whom Jackson befriended as children, alleged that the star had abused them during childhood.

Michael Jackson during his civil trial in Santa Maria, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson during his civil trial in Santa Maria, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Though their allegations only came out four years ago, rumors about Jackson performing inappropriate acts upon underage boys started swirling years before his death. In 1992, the "Bad" artist befriended a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler. A year later, the boy and his family (sister and mother) began making frequent trips to Jackson's Neverland residence and would travel to different countries with the singer.

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Throughout this period, Chandler's family confirmed that Jordan and Jackson would often sleep in the same room together. Detecting something amiss with the situation, Jordan's father, Evan Chandler, started building a case against Jackson and sought to file either a restraining order or custody lawsuit against him, despite Jordan initially denying being molested by Jackson.

Jackson's former cleaner disclosed that he had even called her one day to find out what she knew after he suspected she had caught on to what was happening after his deposition.

Michael Jackson on the 19th day of his child abuse trial in Santa Maria, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson on the 19th day of his child abuse trial in Santa Maria, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

However, in mid-July 1993, Evan disclosed that his son confided in him about the lewd acts Jackson would engage in with him on many occasions. By August, Evan had demanded $20 million from the artist in exchange for not outing him in public. After Jordan sat down with a psychiatrist, Dr. Mathis Abrams, and revealed what happened to him, Abrams alerted the police.

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An investigation conducted by LAPD's Sexually Exploited Child Unit began looking into the allegations made. Police executed several search warrants of Jackson's many properties but failed to find anything incriminating enough to support a criminal filing.

During this time, friends and family of the artist defended his character, which included Robson and another teen named Brett Barnes. Though the boys admitted to sharing the same bed as Jackson, they claimed nothing inappropriate happened.

Michael Jackson holding his son Blanket Jackson outside of a balcony in Berlin, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson holding his son Blanket Jackson outside of a balcony in Berlin, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

After the Chandler family sued Jackson for $30 million and another underage boy made an allegation against the King of Pop, police performed a strip search on the star. In 1994, following Jackson's settlement with the Chandlers, grand juries presented with testimonies from the Chandler family declined to indict Jackson.

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By the time the timeline of alleged abuse reached February 2003, British journalist Martin Bashir had recorded a documentary, "Living with Michael Jackson." In the documentary, Jackson spoke about his friendship with a young boy, Gavin Arvizo, who had cancer. As the two held hands and talked about the sleepovers they had (which was a regular occurrence with all his young guests), Jackson disclosed:

"It's not sexual, we're going to sleep. I tuck them in... It's very charming, it's very sweet."

Michael Jackson's Neverland estate located near Santa Barbara | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson's Neverland estate located near Santa Barbara | Source: Getty Images

With the documentary having sparked outrage, a revitalized interest began in the initial allegations made. In December of that same year, Jackson was charged, and in 2005, his criminal trial began, and after a few months, Jackson was found not guilty on all charges. Four years after Jackson died, Robson came forward with his own abuse allegations and sued the Jackson estate, and a year later, so did Safechuck.

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In the 2019 documentary, both men claimed that Jackson had begun abusing them at very young ages. Safechuck disclosed that Jackson had even held a private mock wedding ceremony where he was gifted a wedding ring. He also alleged that Jackson would make them practice drills whenever someone would be about to walk into the room during inappropriate acts.

Michael Jackson photographed during a tour of the Everland amusement park in Seoul, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson photographed during a tour of the Everland amusement park in Seoul, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson's Former Maid Revealed Shocking Details about What Went on inside Neverland

Robson and Safechuck were not the only two people coming forward following Jackson's passing. The star's former housekeeper, Adrian McManus, who worked for him for four years, sat down to give a tell-all interview about what she witnessed in 2019.

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McManus said she saw different sides to the usually shy, late popstar and spoke about his dark side as a manipulator. When she started working for Jackson, McManus said that the star deemed her work excellent, despite her feeling she wasn't a great fit.

Michael Jackson leaving a courthouse in Santa Maria, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Jackson leaving a courthouse in Santa Maria, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

She said that he made it clear that loyalty meant everything to him. While speaking about working at Neverland, McManus expressed:

"The first time I cleaned his bedroom, I didn't even know where to start."

A screenshot of Adrian McManus getting emotional as she recounts the horrifying things she saw happen at Neverland, from a video interview posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

A screenshot of Adrian McManus getting emotional as she recounts the horrifying things she saw happen at Neverland, from a video interview posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

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Footage from Neverland showcased Jackson spending copious amounts of time with children. McManus described the first time she noticed something unusual about Jackson's unhealthy fascination with kids when she saw that the only guests visiting the star and hanging out at the Dinsey wonderland-inspired home were little boys. She said that when they arrived, the boys would put their belongings straight in his room.

McManus also said she witnessed Jackson taking baths with them, in addition to sleeping in the same bed. The mornings after the sleepovers, McManus claimed that when she would clean Jackson's room, she would find dirty underwear sprawled across the space.

A screenshot of Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson at Neverland from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

A screenshot of Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson at Neverland from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

Jackson's former cleaner disclosed that he had even called her one day to find out what she knew after he suspected she had caught on to what was happening after his deposition. Further on in the interview, McManus stated:

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"There was a lot of Vaseline at Neverland. Sometimes it was found in the golf carts when Mr. Jackson would take off with the boys."

A screenshot of Michael Jackson embracing a young boy from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

A screenshot of Michael Jackson embracing a young boy from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

As a result of her fear of the popstar and the alleged threats she received from staunch supporters, McManus did not speak out about what she saw and revealed that Jackson had gifted her $300 and a thank you note for showing loyalty to him. She also detailed that she was left without any money from her four years of employment.

Although she and other employees sued Jackson, citing wrongful termination, they lost the case. The artist's estate also sued her, claiming she had stolen belongings from the residence and sold the items to the media.

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A screenshot of a part of Michael Jackson's Neverland home, from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

A screenshot of a part of Michael Jackson's Neverland home, from a video posted on February 24, 2019 | Source: YouTube/60 Minutes Australia

McManus still owes the Jackson estate money to this day, and despite her testimonials and allegations being questioned, she maintained that she is telling the truth and can sleep well at night, having come forward eventually.

Die-hard fans of Jackson have also looked at Robson and Safecuck's revelations with suspicion, and some refuse to believe the allegations altogether.

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