Gavin Arvizo was the boy who caused Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial. Back in 2000, Gavin was just a little 10-year-old kid who was suffering from cancer. He had one bigh wish: He wanted to meet Michael Jackson. His dream became reality when Jackson heard about him. It took Jackson only a short time to call Gavin.
During the first phone call, Gavin was undergoing chemotheraphy. Jackson told Gavin that he wants to meet him & invited the kid to his ranch. When Arvizo had cancer, Jackson called him about 20 times and their conversations sometimes took hours.
When Gavin firstly visited Jackson, his whole family was picked up by a limousine. Gavin loved the ranch and went on rides. The Arvizos stayed a few days and Gavin had to witness a fight between his parents as well. He and Jackson drove a motorized car together. Moreover, Gavin and his younger brother Star were allowed to sleep in Jackson’s bed, but they weren’t alone-Frank Cascio and Jackson’s two children also slept in that room.
Gavin said in court that Frank Cascio showed him and his brother pictures of naked women & visited about seven adult sites in front of the children. The computer belonged to Frank. Jackson was sitting right next to him & made some comments about the women that Gavin described as young, 15 to 25 years old.
Gavin recalled that Jackson started to call him “Doo-Doo Head” and “Apple Head”. He added that Jackson called almost every kid DooDoo/Applehead.
After this visit, Gavin returned to the ranch about 10 times and always stayed there for a while, mostly together with his father. Jackson and the 10-year-old were very close at the time. They talked for hours on the phone & Michael bought Gavin his favourite car to come visit him. Jackson even gave Gavin a computer. Gavin’s mother said in court that she didn’t feel it was right, so she told her husband that she didn’t want Gavin to go to Neverland anymore. Gavin knew nothing about that & felt abondoned by Michael Jackson. Here is a video of Gavin and Michael during the time they were so close:
As you can see in the video they were really close & seemed to like each other a lot. In 2001/2002, Jackson & Gavin had less contact because of Gavin’s mother and because Jackson changed his telephone numbers and tried to avoid Gavin. Chris Tucker visited the ranch once with Gavin together.
In 2002, Michael invited Gavin to take part in the documentary “Living with Michael Jackson”. Gavin stayed with Jackson for one week and a half. Jackson told the now 12-year-old about a burn victim and they went together to Jackson’s library. Jackson told Gavin what to say in front of the camera, for example that Jackson cured him from cancer.
At the time, Gavin thought that Jackson is the coolest guy ever. Jackson told Gavin to hold his hand during the interview, but it was Gavin’s own decision to put his head on Jackson’s shoulder because Gavin thought of Jackson as a best friend.
They became really close again when the documentary was published. This was a smart move by Jackson. Gavin defended him on camera & now he felt free to molest the 13-year-old, because who would believe a kid that defended Jackson less than one year earlier?
Jackson invited Gavin to Miami & Gavin asked him if his siblings could come as well. Jackson thought it was okay that his younger brother wanted to come, but wasen’t happy about the sister. That again proves that Jackson only liked boys & only wanted boys around. That was also the case in the Jordan Chandler case.
In Miami, Jackson started to groom Gavin by giving him wine that he called “Jesus Juice”. He also told Gavin that this should be kept a secret and that the wine will relax him. He motivated him to drink it by saying that “he needs it because of the media stress”.
Jackson also gave Gavin some gifts: an expensive watch as a sign of their endless friendship & some games that Aldo Cascio didn’t like.
On their flight back to California, Jackson again offered Gavin white wine. The following days, Gavin & his family stayed with Michael at his ranch. Gavin and Star slept in Jackson’s bed during some nights and they drank alcohol in Jackson’s bedroom. Michael took Gavin about 5 times to the wine cellar. Furthermore, they watched movies together & Gavin was allowed to go into Jackson’s music studio.
Jackson then went a step further & groomed Gavin on an emotional level. He gave him a note that stated the following: “I’m very happy to be your daddy”. Gavin’s dad left him just after he was cured from cancer (at the age of 11).
A couple of weeks after that, Jackson started to call Gavin “son” and Gavin responded in the same way. He called Jackson “dad” now. Besides of that, Gavin thought of Jackson’s children as his siblings. Jackson then again went a step further and started to involve sexual things into the grooming process. He acted like he had sex with a female mannequin in his bedroom.
Jackson then went with Gavin on a trip to Calabases. He again shared his bed with Gavin and his brother.
Back in Neverland, Jackson came close to molestation when he showed himself naked in front of the Arvizo brothers. He also showed Gavin a pornographic picture.
Jackson’s grooming process contained the following points:
- He gave alcohol to Gavin (he had to keep a secret for the first time)
- He gave presents to Gavin
- made promises that they will stay friends forever
- filled the child’s emotional needs (said that he is the father now)
- involved sexuality in their relationship: acted like he had sex with a mannequin
- showed himself naked
- showed a pornographic picture
- finally,performed sexual acts on Gavin
As you can see Jackson went further step by step. This is very typical for child molesters.
When Gavin’s brother stopped to sleep in Jackson’s bed, the molestation started. He told Gavin that guys have to masturbate and that they would otherwise rape a girl. He went on saying that a boy once raped a dog because he did not masturbate. Jackson tried to convince Gavin by saying that it is natural for boys do it & that he will teach him how to do it. Jackson put his hand in Gavin’s pants and masturbated him until he ejaculated. Afterwards, Jackson tried to comfort Gavin because Gavin was embarrassed. The next day, exactly the same happend while Gavin & Jackson watched TV. Jackson then tried to put Gavin’s hand onto his private parts, but Gavin pulled his hand away.
Gavin’s brother Star testified that he saw Jackson molesting Gavin about 2 times while Gavin was asleep in earlier sleepovers.
Luckily, Gavin accused Jackson of molestation at the young age of 13 in 2003, even though he lost the trial in 2005. Jackson was acquitted, just like O.J. Simpson was in the 90s.