Jackson's career took a darker turn in 1993, when a 13-year-old boy accused him of sexual molestation. Jackson denied any wrongdoing, and he was never charged. He reportedly paid $20 million to settle a civil suit filed by the boy's family.
However, Jackson has never really been able to escape the 1993 scandal. His record sales on subsequent albums have dwindled. His last studio album, 2001's Invincible, sold approximately 2 million copies — successful to most artists but a disappointment for the "King of Pop."
Marriages and Fatherhood
In the past decade, he has generated more headlines with his bizarre behavior and alleged cosmetic surgery than with his music as his hair has become completely straight and his skin has morphed into a pasty white. (Jackson has denied having extensive plastic surgery and blames his change in skin tone on vitiligo, a pigment disorder.)
Jackson was married briefly to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. A three-year marriage to his dermatology nurse, Debbie Rowe, followed, and she bore him a son and a daughter, Prince Michael I and Paris. Jackson had a third child, Prince Michael II, by another, unidentified woman in 2002.
In November 2002, while staying at a hotel in Berlin, The King of Pop emerged onto the fourth floor balcony and dangled baby Prince Michael II over the railing as a crowd of fans and media gathered below.
Jackson raised eyebrows last year when, in a documentary, he told British journalist Martin Bashir that he has allowed visiting children to sleep in his bed at Neverland.
"Why can't you share your bed?" Jackson said in the documentary, which aired in February on ABCNEWS' 20/20. "The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone."