Cops Seize Jackson Briefs from Warehouse
The items, which were apparently taken early last month, are to be used as evidence in the child molestation case against the star, Robert Honecker, a Monmouth County, N.J., prosecutor, tells Reuters.
Jackson, 45, pleaded not guilty last Friday to charges of conspiring to commit child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment in a 10-count indictment handed down by a Santa Barbara County grand jury in California. He also stands accused of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and plying the boy with an intoxicating substance (believed to be wine).
In New Jersey, investigators took the Calvin Klein underwear as well as some newspapers underneath it as evidence, said Honecker. The New York Post reports that the underwear could contain trace body fluids that might provide a sample of Jackson's DNA.
"That's not for me to say. It's for Santa Barbara," said Honecker, refusing to confirm the account.
Santa Barbara investigators also took photos and handwritten notes from the collection.
The owner of the items, Henry V. Vaccaro Sr., (who has been locked in a legal battle with Michael Jackson over Vaccaro's sale of souvenirs from the warehouse), told investigators he obtained the memorabilia as part of a default judgment in a lawsuit and found the items as he was repackaging the collection for resale, Honecker said.
According to the Associated Press, Vaccaro said the papers in the collection (taken by officers) included two handwritten notes from Jackson and a lighthearted list of "rules" written by a youngster for other children staying at the singer's Neverland Ranch.
Among the rules, AP reports: Children had to watch two episodes of The Three Stooges a day, know the Peter Pan story by heart and be "idiots and act crazy at all times."
A spokesman for the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara County declined to comment, citing a gag order issued by the judge in the pop star's case.