A manhunt has been launched to find Jordan Chandler, the first boy to accuse Michael Jackson of child abuse, after lawyers in a $100m lawsuit against the megastar’s estate demanded he testifies in court.
Mr Chandler, now 37, has not been seen since last year and is believed to have fled America to avoid being involved in the case lodged by Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck.
The explosive new lawsuit claims Michael Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a ‘sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.’
A source close to Robson and Safechuck said: ‘Wade and Jimmy want to look Jordie in the eye and talk to him about what they suffered, they feel that they may appeal to him to finally tell his story.’
Lead attorney Vince Finaldi, whose team have already tracked former employees at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, added: ‘He’s a key piece of the puzzle surrounding this case, and we’re not going to stop until we find him.’
‘We look forward disclosing to the public, through trial, the full extent of Michael Jackson’s serial sexual abuse of children, which was facilitated through his companies MJJ Productions and Ventures.’
He added: ‘Make no mistake, Neverland Ranch was nothing but a well-orchestrated trap, it was custom-built to attract kids so he could groom them and decide which to sexually abuse.’
After drawing a blank in the US and failing to get Chandler in a courtroom last September the legal team are now looking in the UK and Europe.
Jordan’s sister Lily has also been approached by the legal team but also refused to help citing Jackson’s maniacal fans as the reason she did not want to get involved.
A section of Jackson fans spent years hounding Jordan’s father Evan for bringing proceedings and he eventually killed himself in 2009 three years after being accused of domestic violence.
When details of his death, by a single gunshot wound, emerged a flurry of celebratory social media posts from Jackson fans appeared on the internet.
The lurid accusations by Jordan’s father Evan in 1993 against Jackson and subsequent $20 million settlement shocked the world and tainted the King of Pop.
After a chance meeting aged just 12 the two became close, with the pop star often inviting him to Neverland.
Both Jordan’s biological parents said they caught Jackson in bed with their son and Evan claimed one night to find Jordan being cradled from behind by Jackson, whose hand was cupping his groin.
The Wade Robson v Jackson estate lawsuit is set to be heard in Los Angeles on March 5, 2018.
However, Jackson’s lawyer Howard Weitzman said: ‘My opinion is that summary judgment will be granted in this case and there won’t be any trial, but the court did set a trial date for a year away just in case.’