A New Jersey businessman’s collection of Jackson family memorabilia has ended up as possible evidence in Michael Jackson’s trial on child molestation charges. Authorities have taken a pair of white Calvin Klein underwear found among Jackson’s old costumes, as well as handwritten notes and other items, according to the Associated Press. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr., the owner of the collection, told the Newark Star-Ledger that police intended to obtain Jackson’s DNA from the underwear.
Also seized was a note allegedly written by Jackson that calls his young friends ”rubbers,” Vaccaro told the Star-Ledger. In addition, investigators took a note Jackson purportedly wrote to Tito Jackson’s late wife, Dolores, that was attached to a newspaper article about child molestation, Vaccaro said. In the note, Jackson allegedly asked Dolores to read the article to her children because it demonstrated that ”even your own relatives can be molesters.”
Vaccaro won the collection of memorabilia from the Jackson family after a legal battle over an unsuccessful business project in Asbury Park, N.J., according to AP. He sold much of the collection to an anonymous European purchaser, but Jackson’s lawyer is seeking ownership of it, AP reported.
Jackson pleaded not guilty on Friday to a 10-count indictment that includes allegations of molestation, child abduction, false imprisonment, and extortion. His next court date is planned for May 28, with a trial expected to begin in December.