Living With Michael Jackson
In early 2002 the journalist Martin Bashir convinced Michael Jackson to take part in a fly-on-the-wall documentary. The idea was that the nothing-off-limits format would reveal 'the truth' about Michael Jackson's everyday life - something fans were keen to discover after allegations of child abuse sent the king of pop into semi-retirement a decade earlier. The resulting footage not only confirmed rumours of Jackson's increasing eccentricity but also managed to reignite the debate over his relationship with children. With Bashir claiming he felt 'uncomfortable with the obsession', Jackson did little to help himself, confirming rumours that children - including the 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo - regularly slept in his bed. Arvizo later accused him of sexual abuse and a second child molestation trial began shortly afterwards. During the trial, which saw Jackson acquitted on all charges, the singer became dependent on Demoral, one of the cocktail of drugs that eventually killed him. Physically and mentally, Jackson never really recovered from the fallout of the Living With Michael Jackson documentary.