Evan Robert Charmatz
January 25, 1944
Bronx, New York City, U.S.
|Died||November 5, 2009 (aged 65)|
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Cause of death||self-inflicted gunshot wound|
|Known for||Accusing Michael Jackson of having molested his son|
Evan Chandler (born Evan Robert Charmatz; January 25, 1944 – November 5, 2009) was an American screenwriter and dentist. In 1993, he accused pop singer Michael Jackson of child sexual abuse against his son Jordan. The civil case was settled out of court. No criminal charges were filed. In June 2009, Jackson died of a propofol overdose. Four months later, Chandler committed suicide.
Early life and career
Evan Robert Charmatz was born in 1944 in Bronx, New York.
In her autobiographical book Shockaholic, actress and screenwriter Carrie Fisher wrote that Chandler could be persuaded via financial incentives to send an anesthesiologist to a patient's house to administer drugs including morphine.
Accusations against Michael Jackson and settlement
In 1993, Chandler accused pop star Michael Jackson of molesting Chandler's son Jordan after his son told him of the allegations while under the influence of sodium amytal during a dental procedure. At the time, Chandler was in the midst of a custody battle for the boy with his ex-wife, June Chandler-Schwartz. The 1993 molestation case ended after Jackson reached a settlement with Chandler for a reported U.S. $22 million, although this amount was never confirmed by Jackson and no formal charges were brought after two independent grand juries decided not to indict him.Jackson categorically denied any sexual misconduct in the settlement papers.
Post-trial and death
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During the 1993 investigation, Jackson's hired private investigator Anthony Pellicano, released a recorded telephone conversation between Chandler and Dave Schwartz, the new husband of his ex-wife, June, and stepfather to Jordan. Jackson's defense cited this tape as proof that Chandler's allegations were nothing but an attempt to extort money from the star and regain custody of Jordan, especially considering Chandler was more than $60,000 behind child support payments and had already approached Jackson several times asking for money. Chandler was recorded saying, "If I go through with this, I win big time. There’s no way that I lose. I’ve checked that out inside out...I will get everything I want, and they will be totally — they will be destroyed forever. They will be destroyed. June is gonna lose Jordy. She will have no right to ever see him again." This phone call took place on July 8; Evan would claim Jordan had confessed the abuse to him on July 16.
Following the settlement, Chandler had multiple plastic surgeries to mask his identity as he claimed abuse and harassment from angry Jackson fans.
According to a USA Today article written by journalist DeWayne Wickham, in 1996, Chandler attempted to sue Jackson a second time, citing the star's HiStory album as a breach of their confidentiality agreement.
It is also believed[by whom?] he is the ghostwriter of All that Glitters, a book about the allegations written by his brother Raymond that was released in 2004 following a new set of molestation accusations against Jackson.
It was revealed by June Chandler-Schwartz during Jackson's 2005 trial that her son, who, according to his uncle, fled the country to avoid testifying against Jackson, had filed for legal emancipation from his parents and had no contact with his mother since 1994. In 2006, court documents filed in the state of New Jersey revealed that Evan Chandler was sued by Jordan after he nearly killed him with a barbell and mace in August 2005. Jordan obtained a permanent restraining order against his father as a result.
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