Jackson Sex Accuser's Dad Commits Suicide

Jordy Chandler's father found dead in NJ home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 2:32 AM CST
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(Newser) – The father of a boy who accused Michael Jackson of child molestation has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Evan Chandler reported Jackson to authorities in 1993, claiming that the singer had abused his son Jordan, then 13. Jordan repeated the accusations to a psychologist, sparking a criminal investigation. Chandler and his son settled out of court for a reported $15 million and never publicly discussed the case.

Jordan, now 29, becamed estranged from both of his parents in the years after the case and filed a restraining order against his father in 2006. Evan Chandler died from a gunshot wound to the head and left no note. "Everybody in this whole saga was touched tragically,’’ a former Santa Barbara County sheriff told the New York Post. "I don’t know that anybody came out of this in a better way.’’