A private detective serving time behind bars for his own crimes said he knows the truth about Michael Jackson in a rare jailhouse interview.
Private eye Anthony Pellicano developed a reputation as one of Hollywood's toughest "fixers" - someone who takes care of messy or unsavory problems for their clients - before he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for crimes including wiretapping.
His long list of famous clients includes musicians and actors like Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Roseanne Barr, and Courtney Love.
There are even rumors that Pellicano worked for both President Donald Trump and the Clintons, but he won't confirm or deny them.
While he allegedly helped his famous clients get out of trouble, Pellicano was sent to prison himself in 2008.
Authorities found more than 150,000 pages of illegal recordings in his possession, along with explosives.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pellicano insisted he could have "saved myself, or at least done less time, if I had even slightly co-operated with the government."
Pellicano refused, insisting that snitches were "worse than child molesters."
But while Pellicano remains uptight about almost all of his famous clients, there was one celebrity he wasn't afraid to talk about.
The disgraced detective was allegedly hired by singer Michael Jackson, when the "King of Pop" was facing accusations of child molestation in the '90s.
What Pellicano revealed about Jackson in the interview has many people seeing the famous case in a new light.
The Jackson Trial
The allegations against Jackson came from dentist Evan Chandler and his son Jordan.
Jordan was one of the many children who visited Jackson at his Neverland Ranch estate, and he even traveled with Jackson on his Dangerous world tour.
Jackson eventually settled out of court with the Chandler family, but a laundry list of other accusers followed suit.
Even after a series of high profile court cases, some amateur sleuths say there's more to Michael Jackson's alleged behavior than the public knows.
But to this day, both the LA County Police Department and California's Department of Children and family services say they never found any evidence of child abuse by the singer.
But the normally tight-lipped Pellicano hinted that he knew the real truth about Jackson's case.
"I was offered $500,00 to tell the whole story"
Pellicano claims that he quit working for Jackson, because "the truths were even darker than those alleged in Jackson's molestation scandal," according to THR.
“I was offered $500,000 to tell the whole story by a tabloid," Pellicano explained, "and I declined, even though, while incarcerated, I needed the money.”
For the record, Pellicano isn't such a nice guy himself.
Threats And Secrets
A reporter for the LA Times found a bullet hole, a dead fish, a rose, and a sign reading "stop" on her car after reporting on the detective's clients.
The man who later admitted to placing the items said he was hired by Pellicano.
“Some people got away with a lot of things and made a lot of money because of me,” the private eye says.
“A lot of people are quaking that I’m going to disclose lots of things when I get out. They’ll just have to keep quaking, won’t they?”
Pellicano is due to be released in 2019.
What do you make of Pellicano's claims?
[H/T: The Hollywood Reporter]