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The Daily Beast: Hush Money Scandals

Michael Jackson

At the end of his life, Michael Jackson was some $500 million in debt, and surely some of it came from all the people he paid off. In 2004, Jackson acknowledged that he paid $2 million in 1990 to a boy who accused the singer of molesting him. Jackson insisted the charges were false, but he said he gave the money to the boy because he was “concerned about my family and the media scrutiny that would have ensued had I fought the matter.” Jackson paid between $15 million and $20 million in a court settlement in 1993 to another boy who had accused the singer of molesting him. Jackson also was said to have paid the mother of two of his children, Debbie Rowe, $900,000 in hush money, although he reportedly stopped paying her after he said she broke the confidentiality agreement. As a stipulation of their divorce, Rowe received a lump sum of $4 million and a mansion in Beverly Hills.

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