It is reported that the final settlement that Michael Jackson made to the boy, who accused him of molestation in 1993, was quite hefty.
It seems that Michael Jackson set up a trust fund of around $15M. The settlement is covered by the caveat that Michael Jackson does not admit to any wrongdoing.
In my view, the trouble with these pay offs is that they store up trouble for the future.
If Michael Jackson is innocent, then he sets himself up as a target for every "get rich quick" scam artist on the planet. Additionally, his personal "brand value" is diminished; as he is seen not to stand up and fight for his good name.
If Michael Jackson is guilty then the people who accept the payoff diminish their names in the eyes of the world and, more importantly, leave an alleged child molester free to molest another child again.
Surely this cannot be right?