Debunking Maureen Orth’s Trash “10 Undeniable Facts” Vanity Fair Article

By Jamie Bergen

I’m sure you’ve at the very least heard of Maureen Orth’s article “10 Undeniable Facts About the Michael Jackson Sexual-Abuse Allegations” by now. It’s been spread far and wide on social media because, of course it has.

Well, I’m here to tell you, if you didn’t already know, that every “fact” in this article is, say it with me…

Maureen Orth is a “journalist” who has always been out to get Michael, second only to Diane Demon. Sorry, typo, Diane Dimond. This is a woman who claimed Michael had 42 cows sacrificed in Africa so he could bathe in their blood and put a voodoo curse on Steven Spielberg. Yeah. And she did this with a straight face.

Vanity Fair actually published that (as well as other shitfests she wrote, but I won’t get into those here). And now it has published her 10 “undeniable facts”.

In a perfect world, every person would have looked at Orth’s “facts”, laughed at her and forgotten about it. But this isn’t a perfect world and there are people out there who bought her trash article hook, line and sinker, much like Leaving Neverland itself, for whatever reason. (*cough*becauseit’smichaeljackson*cough*)

So some Dana Scully style debunking is in order.

Grab a snack, maybe some hard liquor if you’re so inclined, and settle in. This is going to be a long one, folks.

Before I get to the “facts” themselves, though, I just have to address a few things about the article in general.

First, there are clearly more than 10 facts here. I know it doesn’t really matter, but it doesn’t bode well for your article if the title itself is a complete lie. Just sayin’.

Second, Orth really needs to stop claiming she “covered the Jackson scandal for over a decade”. She didn’t. She made up lies about Michael Jackson for over a decade (see Taj’s tweet above). Big difference.

Third, in the intro of her article, Orth goes on about how all five of Michael’s accusers had similar stories and patterns. Of course they did! They all came from the same source. That’s right, our old buddy, Victor Gutierrez. Who Orth herself is very familiar with, so she knows this is true.

Fourth, Orth states in the intro that Michael Jackson’s fans believe Robson and Safechuck are lying (DUH), but she simply cannot understand why they would put themselves through that. Really, Maureen? You can’t understand why? Really? Let me give you a little hint:

Okay, okay, that’s enough. There are so many other things in that intro I could pull apart, but they all amount to the same thing anyway (i.e., crap), so let’s move on.

10 undeniable facts? Nah. 10 totally deniable lies that are about to be ripped to shreds.

You ready? Let’s do this.

“FACT” #1: There is no dispute that, at age 34, Michael Jackson slept more than 30 nights in a row in the same bed with 13-year-old Jordie Chandler at the boy’s house with Chandler’s mother present. He also slept in the same bed with Jordie Chandler at Chandler’s father’s house. The parents were divorced.

Let’s break this down with some dates, shall we?

Michael befriended the Chandlers in May, 1992, remaining in contact with them via phone until February, 1993. In February and March, 1993, Jordan, his mother June and sister Lily visited Neverland. June DID NOT allow Jordan to sleep in Michael’s room, despite Jordan’s insistence.

After that, in April to May, 1993, Michael started staying at June’s house, in Jordan’s bedroom. He stayed “numerous times”, meaning he did not stay for more than a few nights at a time. That is clearly not “more than 30 nights in a row”. (June stated as much when she testified at Michael’s 2005 trial, too.)

Then, on May 9, 1993, Michael took Jordan, June and Lily to the World Music Awards in Monaco. Why is this significant? Because this is when the Chandlers claimed the abuse started. Not the times Michael was at June’s house, not the times The Chandlers stayed at Neverland, but in a foreign country, AFTER Michael had slept in Jordan’s bedroom. And Orth is obviously suggesting abuse did happen in Jordan’s room, even if she does state June was present.

But the “more than 30 nights in a row” thing comes from a “documentary” titled What Really Happened from 2007. Here’s Razorfist explaining a bit of that, including the trip to Monaco.

Now, you saw Diane Dem- Dimond in that clip, but guess who else is in the doco? Go on, guess! All right, let’s play a little word association. I’ll say something, then you say the first thing that pops into your head. Yes, at the computer, or your phone, I don’t care if you’re in public.

Okay… Diane Dimond!

If you responded with “Victor Gutierrez!” congratulations! You’re not an idiot.

Yep, Gutierrez is featured in the doco, gleefully telling his bullshit made up tale of how Michael stayed with Jordan for over a month because he “fell in love with him”.

If this sicko said it, you can be 100% fucking sure it’s a lie. He’s been obsessed with forcing the label “pedophile” on Michael since the mid 80s to further his own agenda (public acceptance of pedophilia).

“More than 30 nights in a row”. FOH, Gutierrez.

“FACT” #2: So far, five boys Michael Jackson shared beds with have accused him of abuse: Jordie Chandler, Jason Francia, Gavin Arvizo, Wade Robson, and Jimmy Safechuck. Jackson had the same nickname for Chandler and Arvizo: “Rubba.” He called Robson “Little One” and Safechuck “Applehead.”

So far? Try “in total”. There is no one else who spent any significant amount of time with Michael left to falsely accuse him. Why? They’ve all defended him and I doubt that will change. Now is the perfect time to come out with allegations, but they are all standing by their denials of abuse because they’re, you know, LOYAL FRIENDS and NOTHING HAPPENED. The only ones who can make allegations now are people who either have very tenuous links to Michael (*cough*michaeljacobshagen*cough*) or never even met him at all. Because that indeed happened.

Before Wade Robson & James Safechuck there was a Canadian accuser from ExonerateMJ on Vimeo.


Okay, I’ve covered Jordan already, and there’s much more information about those allegations here, so I’ll move straight to Jason Francia, who, it must be pointed out, NEVER shared a bed with Michael.

Jason’s mother Blanca made these claims in 1995. Of course, she was inspired by the Chandlers and her allegations were nothing more than a money grab, too. She unfortunately fucking succeeded. Michael was about to release the History album and he was still dealing with the fallout from the Chandler allegations and settlement, so rather than go through another public scandal, Michael chose to settle with Blanca and Jason. (More information here.) (EDIT: This paragraph originally stated that Blanca was part of the Neverland Five. She wasn’t. For some reason I got her confused with Adrian McManus.)

Oh, look, it’s Gutierrez! Who would’ve thought we’d see him again. ? (Seriously, if you want to know more about this creep, go to our Research page, there are some articles about him that are worth reading.)

Jason was coerced (aka, aggressively interrogated and forced) by the police into making allegations against Michael. The same police who are on tape laughing at Corey Feldman in 1993 when he gave them the names of his actual abusers.

Now, Gavin Arvizo. Michael Jackson NEVER shared a bed with Gavin, not ONCE. He was suspicious of the Arvizos from the beginning and made sure he was never alone with them. Frank Cascio has explained this in his book and in interviews.

And the truth of the matter is, Wade Robson and James Safechuck never spent as much time with Michael as they want everyone to believe. Michael was only at Neverland a few of the times the Robsons visited (four out of fourteen times over ten years), and he never seemed particularly interested in spending any time with Wade, or even talking with him.

Abused hundreds of times? Don’t fucking think so.

The only real time the Safechucks spent with Michael was while they were on the Bad tour as part of the promotion for the Pepsi commercial Michael and James were in together.

Any subsequent time James spent with Michael was sparing at best.

As for the nicknames, Michael had nicknames for everyone. He called all kids names like Little One and Rubba. Wade and James were not special in that regard. (They weren’t special to Michael at all, actually.)

Applehead was a reference to the Three Stooges, who Michael was a huge fan of. Hell, he called Britney Spears Applehead once and she was like

Look! Here’s a clip of Michael calling his son Prince Applehead!

Michael loved nicknames. So fucking what?

“FACT” #3: Jackson paid $25 million to settle the Chandlers’ lawsuit, with $18 million going to Jordie, $2.5 million to each of the parents, and the rest to lawyers. Jackson said he paid that sum to avoid something “long and drawn out.” Francia also received $2.4 million from Jackson.

First, click here to read our post about the 1994 settlement. Then click here to read more from The Michael Jackson Allegations.

Done? Cool.

Now, if you read both of those, it is so obvious the settlement was extortion. It is so obvious. The Chandlers easily could have participated in any following criminal proceedings, but no, they grabbed the money and ran the fuck away.

Let me repeat this just in case it didn’t sink in: The settlement DID NOT prevent a criminal trial. What did stop a criminal trial from happening was the two grand juries that rejected Sneddon’s case because THERE. WAS. NO. EVIDENCE.

Francia’s settlement was covered in the previous “fact”, so let’s move the fuck on.

“FACT” #4: Michael Jackson suffered from the skin discoloration disease vitiligo. Jordie Chandler drew a picture of the markings on the underside of Jackson’s penis. His drawings were sealed in an envelope. A few months later, investigators photographed Jackson’s genitalia. The photographs matched Chandler’s drawings.

Ya damn straight Michael had vitiligo. None of that “Jackson claimed to have vitiligo” bullshit.

But really, the only thing needed to debunk this one is the fact that Michael WASN’T arrested. You better fucking believe that if the photos of his genitalia had matched Jordan’s description in any way, his ass would’ve been arrested IMMEDIATELY and thrown in jail. Why the fuck else did they strip search him and photograph his body? What is so difficult about that to understand?

To sum up: Jordan Chandler’s description of Michael Jackson’s penis was INCORRECT. Are we on the same page here? (Speaking of pages, here’s one that proves, in length, that Jordan’s description was NOT accurate, just in case you’re still not convinced.)

“FACT” #5: The hallway leading to Jackson’s bedroom was a serious security zone covered by video and wired for sound so that the steps of anyone approaching would make ding-dong sounds.

You know what? I’d have a sophisticated alarm system outside my bedroom, too, if a stranger broke in and stayed in my closet for a few days.

Dude was paranoid. And not just because of that incident, but also because he was afraid people were out to get him. I have absolutely no idea why, though…

Everyone knew about this alarm, too. It was no secret.

“FACT” #6: Jackson had an extensive collection of adult erotic material he kept in a suitcase next to his bed, including S&M bondage photos and a study of naked boys. Forensic experts with experience in the Secret Service found the fingerprints of boys alongside Jackson’s on the same pages. Jackson also had bondage sculptures of women with ball gags in their mouths on his desk, in full view of the boys who slept there.

Michael Jackson had a porn collection??!?!!?

Look, Michael was a heterosexual man who liked looking at naked women. As much as people don’t want to admit that because it destroys their pedophile narrative of him, that’s just how it was. So he had “adult erotic material”. BFD.

Yes, Gavin’s fingerprints were on one of the adult magazines Michael owned, but there’s a perfectly good explanation for that. During pre-trial hearings, Tom Sneddon removed the magazine from its evidence bag and gave it to Gavin to handle, THEN sent it off for forensic testing. Yeah, he planted fingerprint evidence. Not to mention said magazine was published several months AFTER the Arvizos left Neverland.

As for the rest of that, it simply isn’t true (fuck you, Radar Online). His porn collection was not by his bed (it was hidden away), it DID NOT include naked boys or S&M and he DID NOT have bondage sculptures on his desk. Neverland was raided by the police multiple times, both in 1993 and 2003. If ANY of that had been found, Sneddon would’ve made damn sure it was entered into evidence, END OF FUCKING STORY.

“FACT” #7: According to the Neverland staff interviewed by the Santa Barbara authorities, no one ever saw or knew of a woman spending the night with Michael Jackson, including his two spouses, Debbie Rowe or Lisa Marie Presley. Rowe, the mother of two of Jackson’s children, made it clear to the Santa Barbara authorities that she never had sex with Jackson.

You mean the same staff members who sued Michael for wrongful termination? The same ones Michael counter sued for stealing? The same ones who lost and owed him millions of dollars in damages? The same ones who sold stories crafted for them by none other than Victor Gutierrez to the tabloids? The same ones who lied about seeing Michael molesting boys in front of their very eyes? The same ones who testified at Michael’s trial in 2005 for the prosecution and were quickly destroyed under cross examination by Tom Mesereau? The same ones who admitted they lied under oath? Those staff members?

Totally believable.

Let’s just pretend for a second that there’s some truth to the claims that none of those staff members saw Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland. They wouldn’t have seen Michael there, either, because he didn’t live at Neverland while they were married. They lived either at Lisa’s Hidden Hills estate or at Trump Tower in New York City.

As for Debbie Rowe, it’s common knowledge their relationship wasn’t romantic. Debbie offered to have Michael’s children for him as a friend. I’m pretty sure the only reason they got married was because Katherine didn’t want her grandchildren born out of wedlock.

But just to be clear, though, those staff members were lying. It had already been proven in the Neverland Five trial, but Tom Mesereau reinforced that in 2005.

“FACT” #8: The parents of boys Jackson shared beds with were courted assiduously and given myriad expensive gifts. Wade Robson’s mother testified in the 2005 trial that she funneled wages through Jackson’s company and was given a permanent resident visa. Jimmy Safechuck’s parents got a house. Jordie Chandler’s mother got a diamond bracelet.

Michael was generous with everyone. He gave everyone he knew gifts and money. That’s just the kind of person he was. If someone told him they liked something, he would give it to them.

By the way, the money he gave the Safechucks to buy a house was originally a loan, but, out of the kindness of his heart, he let the whole thing slide. So the room Stephanie Safechuck is sitting in during Leaving Neverland while she describes how she danced for joy when Michael died is in the house he gifted to her.


“FACT” #9: Two of the fathers of those who have accused Jackson, Jordie Chandler and Wade Robson, committed suicide. Both were estranged from their sons at the time.

Is… Is she insinuating these suicides are Michael’s fault? Y’all see that, too, right?

Of course she is. This “fact” wouldn’t be here otherwise. I guess if it’s good enough for Wade, it’s good enough for her. (Because Wade totally blames Michael for it, just like he blames Michael for everything that went wrong in his failed life, but that’s another rant for another time.)

Short version:

Wade’s father committed suicide due to his depression and bipolar disorder. Evan Chandler committed suicide due to his terminal illness.

Long version:

I’m just going to come right out with it. Joy Robson abandoned her husband, Dennis. He was struggling with his mental health issues, but instead of trying to help him, Joy took Wade and his sister Chantal and fucked off to the US to pursue Wade’s career as a (bad) dancer and attain fame and fortune for herself as the stage mom from hell.

Dennis committed suicide because he was depressed and alone. Wade was estranged from him because of Joy. Harsh, but true.

Michael Jackson didn’t destroy the Robsons. They alone are to blame for their failures. They expected Michael to just hand them everything they wanted and now they’re bitter because he didn’t. Entitled AF.

Speaking of entitled, I’ll just leave this here:

Evan Chandler did not commit suicide due to guilt like a lot of MJ fans want to believe. Sorry. But he didn’t. Evan never felt one iota of guilt over what he did to Michael, his $60 million civil lawsuit against him proves it. From what I remember when I read about it at the time, Evan had a terminal illness, possibly cancer, and chose not to prolong the pain.

You know why Evan was estranged from Jordan at the time of his death? Because Evan tried to MURDER Jordan. On July 7, 2005, Evan hit Jordan in the head with a dumbbell, sprayed mace in his face and attempted to strangle him. Jordan promptly pressed charges, filed a restraining order and eventually emancipated himself from his parents, never speaking to them again.

And you know what all of that was about, right? Yep, Evan wanted Jordan’s money. He blew his share of the settlement on his ridiculous EVANStory lawsuit and wanted Jordan’s. Even after he attacked his son, he still went after it.

Michael Jackson didn’t destroy the Chandlers. Evan’s greed and spite did.

“FACT” #10: In a 2002 documentary, Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson told Martin Bashir there was nothing wrong with sharing his bed with boys.

“HE sLepT wIth lITtlE bOyZ!!!!1!”

Okay. Full disclosure. Yes, Michael admitted to sleeping in the same bed as boys. And girls. And their parents. And whoever the fuck else wanted to sleep in his bedroom. Shit, Louie the llama was probably in there at some point.

But it was just SLEEPING. It’s really not Michael’s fault that people equate “bed” with “sex” and they really need to stop projecting that onto him. Okay? Is that clear?

Michael Jackson never said, “I sleep with little boys”. Of course he didn’t. THIS is what he actually said:

There you have it. Ms. Orth’s “facts” have been…

It’s time for her to to end her obsession with Michael Jackson. She really needs to find something else to do. She could put together a TBR, or go skydiving, or get laid, or go on a road trip with Dimond and Bashir; she could LITERALLY do anything other than write about Michael Jackson ever again. Because she clearly sucks at it, and has for such a very long time.

Ms. Orth, please, for your sake as well as everyone else’s…


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6 thoughts on “Debunking Maureen Orth’s Trash “10 Undeniable Facts” Vanity Fair Article

  1. This was an amazingly read. You put so much time into this. Was just awesome to see you throw one fact after another and back it all up. Thank you so much.

  2. Brilliant! For many years, MJJF was at the forefront of fact checking and accurate news about Michael Jackson. It’s great to see that Team MJJF can still throw down! ?? Welcome back and thank you for debunking that crazed bitch Maureen!

  3. This is so helpful to debunk that trash piece of that shitty lady. Who buys her words anyways? She even lied about Richard Matsura being abused by Michael Jackson which he publicly denied, ripping her fabricated tales to shreds. Thank you so much!

    1. You’re very welcome! I have to say, I really enjoyed destroying Orth’s lies. She’s gotten a free pass for way too long.

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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