I agree with your first paragraph. The family was, and still is, dysfunctional in the extreme. Joe Jackson also sexually abused at least two of his daughters. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if he also sexually abused MJ.
Yes, his porn collection was legal -- at least that which was found and confiscated by the sheriff's department. It's also true that heterosexual porn is used by pedophile's to groom their victims, although obviously his having an extensive porn collection (and it was extensive) does not, in itself, prove he did use it to groom little boys.
But ask yourself why someone who went to great lengths to say over and over again that he was really just a child in man's body, how innocent children are, and how he emulated children's innocence himself, and someone who was quite religious, would have an extensive porn collection?
Also ask yourself why someone who claimed to just love children, all children, only focussed his attention on little boys? Why, other than occasionally the sisters of two of his "special friends," did he not have little girls stay with him in his bed?
I don't know about a nanny or chef testifying that, but I do know two of his maids and a male employee (a guard, I think) testified against him at the second trial, with some pretty damning stuff. Like finding a pair of MJ's and a little boy's underwear floating in his jacuzzi bathtub in his bedroom suite.
I've wondered that myself (why a 'child in an adults body' would have a big pr0n collection), but maybe by 'child' he's more like an early teen (13-14). Most of us would've been well into looking at porn by that age. The way he communicated with the victims in this docu seemed like early teens to me.
Yes, Michael was definitely acting like a young teen. His fascination with children manifested itself from his tragic upbringing and ultimately resulted in his demise.
But he wasn't fascinated with children, he was fascinated with little boys. Why only little boys?
Can you think of anyone, anyone at all, who's an adult heterosexual man who's obsessed with little boys? To the point of sleeping with one of them for 30 nights straight (not in dispute -- proven), and sharing a bed with many, many others?
He was like a little boy who are usually going to hang out with other little boys. It was interesting when MJ's longtime nanny defended him, saying she never saw a hint of anything sexual towards the little boys she did mention "oh, he might be outside in a water balloon fight"..I'm thinking "lady, how can you not see he's impossibly immature?"
That's certainly what he, and now his estate and family, want everyone to believe.
I believed it myself, up until watching the documentary. BTW, have you seen it? My guess is you haven't. If he was so much like a little boy, why did he have an extensive porn collection? No little boy (who hasn't been or isn't being molested) would have that.
Then there are a number of other former employees of Neverland who testified that they witnessed either outright molestation, or things that strongly point to it.
This is one of the maids being interviewed on 60 Minutes.
But why go on and ON about how he was like an innocent child himself? Obviously he wasn't. We now know that.
A child, even an early teen, isn't at the same time as business savvy and ruthless as to bid against your friend (Paul McCartney) to win the rights to their catalog. That caused a rift in their friendship on McCartney's end, and rightly so.
He did seem like a truly confused, immature, impulsive, and directionless teenager.
A confused, impulsive and directionless teen wouldn't have been able to amass the vast fortune he did.
I understand your reluctance to believe this of him, and prior to seeing Leaving Neverland, then doing a lot of research afterwards, I shared it. I can't do that anymore.
Yeah, you're right. I do think he probably legitimately had *some* childlike qualities but agree with what you're suggesting as well. It can be both.