Michael Jackson was a kid. A kid trapped in an adult body. He was arrested development personified. And I humbly and respectfully submit that when he engaged in admittedly unlawful, illegal and inappropriate behavior with minor boys it was as a child himself. Illegal absolutely. But it was exploratory and childish. And childlike.
Repeat. This is not an excuse in any case whatsoever. It absolved him not from criminal exposure and liability. But what Jackson was was a child. A shunted, interrupted child.
A pathetic case of a twisted, scarred young man. But very talented.