Michael Jackson is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential cultural figures. Over the course of a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, as well as his publicized personal life, elevated him to the status of a global pop culture phenomenon. That being said, he is no stranger to controversy either. Recently, the pop icon was called out for animal cruelty by his former maid.
According to the Sun, Michael Jackson’s former maid has spoken out about alleged animal cruelty at the music icon’s Neverland Ranch. Adrian McManus said in a new report that Jackson used to have “a pool built with a secure fence where he housed around four or five alligators,” going on to reveal one horrific image she reportedly witnessed.
“During one lunch break, I was down there with some of the maids, just looking at the animals. One of Michael’s bodyguards, not an animal handler, just walked into the gated area, carrying a big white rabbit. On the edge of the pond, the guard flipped the rabbit upside down and pummeled its head into the cement.”
McManus claimed that blood “spattered everywhere” before the guard threw the rabbit inside the gator enclosure. “It utterly shocked me to the point where I thought I was going to vomit, but instead I burst into tears,” she continued.
Jackson reportedly purchased the ranch in 1988 and refurbished it to incorporate a whole amusement park and a private zoo filled with exotic animals. The Billy Jean entertainer was a resident there until 2005.
McManus worked as a maid on Jackson’s crew from 1990 to 1994, and she claims the disturbing sight grew routine, with children even witnessing it on occasion. She claimed that Jackson did learn about the deaths and only directed the guards not to conduct it in front of the children. Her interview coincides with the subject and topic being examined in ITV’s documentary Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo with Ross Kemp.
McManus said that Jackson’s lion, Kimber, was also mistreated. She stated that the performer didn’t respond when some of the little boys would “pick up rocks, the size of tennis balls, and throw them at the cage.” She also said that the elephants’ enclosure was considerably too small and that their legs were frequently chained up, claiming that the elephants “never looked happy and I felt terrible for them.”
Jackson’s family had previously denied that he had abused or mistreated animals. Following Jackson’s death, billionaire Ron Burkle paid $22 million for the property in December 2020. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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