FBI assisted authorities in Jackson probes

Newly released documents show the FBI assisted local authorities in the U.S. and in Britain as they investigated Michael Jackson for child molestation.

According to documents released Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press and other media, the FBI assisted local authorities on several occasions from 1993 to 2005.

The FBI's legal office in London assisted local authorities with a child molestation probe in 1993 and in 1995 U.S. customs officials asked the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape as part of a child pornography investigation.

The files also detail an investigation in Los Angeles into extortion threats against Jackson and others in 1992.

The subject of that investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993.

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