Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch ‘faces demolition’ as star’s estate struggles to sell sprawling property amid sordid child abuse allegations

MICHAEL Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch could be demolished in the wake of the latest sordid child abuse allegations him, a property expert claims.

The King Of Pop’s estate is struggling to sell the sprawling 2,700-acre California property after slashing the price from $100million (£75m) in 2015 to $31m (£23m) today.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch could face demolition as its owners struggle to sell it at a discount price in the wake of the latest sordid allegations against the star[/caption]

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The Neverland Ranch features a full-size funfair where Jackson’s child ‘friends’ would play[/caption]

It featured heavily in the bombshell Channel 4 documentary Leaving Neverland – which detailed a series of harrowing claims against the late star, who died in 2009.

Ruban Selvanayagam, co-founder of housebuyers Property Solvers, told the Daily Star Online that the owners will likely decide to cut their losses and raze the mansion.

He said: “I suspect most of it will be demolished as I doubt many developers would want to maintain Michael Jackson’s legacy after these shocking allegations.

“Perhaps someone may think that Neverland could be rebranded somehow, but this would be doomed to failure in my view.”

He added that even if it is sold, the estate will “undoubtedly lose out” because the “dark cloud surrounding Michael Jackson will be factored into the purchase price.”

I suspect most of it will be demolished as I doubt many developers would want to maintain Michael Jackson’s legacy after these shocking allegations

Ruban Selvanayagamco-founder of housebuyers Property Solvers

The fairytale-themed home is back on the market after the Leaving Neverland doc stunned viewers around the world.

Spanning four hours, it detailed in horrific detail the accounts of Jackson’s former child “friends” Wade Robson, 36, and 41-year-old James Safechuck.

They claim to have been repeatedly raped and abused by the megastar from when they were children.

Much of the alleged abuse is said to have taken place in the Neverland Ranch – turned into a storybook paradise by Jackson when he bought it in 1988.

It was said to be a paedophile’s paradise with hidden sex dens he used to molest kids, according to Safechuck.

He claimed Jackson used alarms, bells and one-way glass to alert him to anyone approaching the alleged rape chambers.


In the doc, Safechuck said: “We would get a blanket and we would lie it on the floor in the closet, so we could close the door.

“So there were bells and you could have a moment of hearing them trip so at least you knew if people were coming for him.

“He also had an Indian fort with like teepees so we would lay down sleeping and have snacks and have sexual relations there.

“There was also a game room and then upstairs in the arcade there was a bed and we would go up there and have sex there.”

Safechuck also said Jacko would carry out abuse in a creepy third floor attic and in another building on the ranch which was “far away from the main house” where Jackson housed some of his own memorabilia.

The movie theatre had these two private rooms and you could see into the theatre… and we would have sex in those rooms

James SafechuckMichael Jackson accuser

Then there was the cinema  – with two private rooms fitted with one-way glass – where Jackson was almost caught out by the then schoolboy’s mother Stephanie.

Safechuck said: “The movie theatre had these two private rooms and you could see into the theatre… and we would have sex in those rooms.

“That was a bit dangerous. There was a bit of excitement there.”

The outdoor pool and hot tub were further sites of child sex abuse, claimed Safechuck – adding Jackson told him at the time that he had purchased the remote home just for him.

Safechuck alleged Jacko performed an underwater sex act on him while seeing how long they could both hold their breath for.

Jackson was cleared at his 2005 child molestation trial, and moved out of the ranch after stating he felt it had been “too violated” by police during raids.

The star always strongly denied allegations of sex abuse made against him.

His family and estate have slammed Leaving Neverland – calling the film one-sided.

A rundown of all the child sex abuse allegations made against Jackson

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Jackson with Lisa Marie Presley and children at the Neverland Ranch, which could be demolished[/caption]

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Wade Robson, left, with James Safechuck, right, and Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed. Their allegations have stunned the world[/caption]

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Jackson, pictured in 2005 when he was acquitted of child molestation, always insisted he never abused children[/caption]

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