Michael Jackson’s Public Image Takes A Turn
Thriller goes platinum for the 21st time and the Guinness Book of World Records certifies it as the best-selling album ever. To date, it has sold 65 million copies.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1992, Michael Jacksonreveals that he has vitiligo, a skin disorder that destroys melanin and, in severe cases, can leave a victim devoid of skin color. He also reveals that his father emotionally abused him as a child.
In 1993, Jackson is accused in civil court of molesting an 11-year-old boy. “It was the most humiliating ordeal of my life,” he says in a televised statement in December. He later settles the molestation case in 1994 out of court. The boy is paid more than $15 million, to be held in trust until he is an adult and the boy’s parents receive $1.5 million each.
On May 26, 1994 Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley tie the knot. The marriage lasted less than two years.