Michael Jackson paid off up to 24 molestation accusers 

The U.K.'s Sunday People newspaper has dropped a bombshell about Michael Jackson, alleging that he molested as many as 24 boys and paid millions of dollars to cover it up.

The paper claims that "secret FBI files" have been unearthed that outline the abuse. The info was amassed when Jackson allegedly hired private eye Anthony Pellicano to collect all the "skeletons in his closet" and make sure that they stayed hidden by paying off his victims.

Pellicano now sits in prison on wiretapping and racketeering charges but his associate confirmed the story to the Sunday People.

"I was hired by him to find out where the fires needed putting out and, in this case, where the allegations would be coming from."

However, the New York Daily News has not been able to verify that the FBI files exist. Jackson has been known to have paid at least one accuser in the past and his estate is currently facing litigation from someone who claims Jackson molested him.

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