Scott Thorson, 54, is claiming that he had a six-year romantic relationship with Michael Jackson. Thorson says the relationship began in the late 1970s and the two were introduced by Liberace.
Thorson made the claims about Jackson in 2012 in an interview with Entertainment Tonight and previously in 2004 in National Enquirer. Following the success of HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” adapted from Thorson’s book that chronicled his romantic relationship with Liberace, he provided more details of his alleged romantic involvement with the King of Pop in an interview with the Sun.
After several run-ins with the law, Thorson is battling colon cancer and was being held in a Reno jail after being charged with four counts of first-degree burglary but has since been bailed out by Dennis Hof, owner of the Bunny Ragonch brothel in Reno, reports the New York Daily News. Thorson allegedly used a credit card that did not belong to him to pay for a hotel room.
Speaking to the Sun, Thorson claims he had a romantic relationship with Jackson shortly after Liberace introduced the two. According to Thorson, “Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s. It was right around the time “Thriller” was coming out and Michael and I became lovers.” Much like Liberace’s lavish spending on gifts and luxury items, Thorson claims Jackson also pampered him. Thorson claims the relationship lasted between six and seven years.
In addition to the alleged love affair with Jackson, Thorson claims the trio underwent plastic surgery and healed at Liberace’s estate in Palm Springs, notes the Sun. Jackson reportedly had plastic surgery on his nose.
At the time of Thorson’s first claims of a relationship in 2004, the New York Daily News reports Jackson’s lawyer, Steve Cochran, denied all claims of a relationship. In the National Enquirer interview, Thorson described his first sexual encounter with the King of Pop at the home of the late Danny La Rue, a popular British female impersonator.
Thorson had high praise for “Behind the Candelabra,” which starred Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson. He said, ‘Matt Damon did a great job playing me. And he did a great job in bed with Douglas, too.” In the interview with the Sun, Thorson was worried about how much money he would receive from the success of “Behind the Candelabra,” citing past instances of Hollywood accounting that has made blockbusters seem like failures.