The Cascios say they weren't just there for Michael during the good times—they stuck by him through the bad times too. In 1993, Michael was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy—a charge that was settled out of court for $22 million. Then, in 2003, Michael was arrested and charged with seven counts of child molestation. He was eventually acquitted on all counts.
The Cascios say they never believed the charges against Michael, but as a father, Dominic says he had to ask his children if any improprieties had occurred. When he did, he says they insisted nothing had happened. Today, Frank, Eddie and Nicole Marie still say no improprieties ever occurred between them and Michael.
"Michael was a target. And, unfortunately, he was targeted," Eddie says.
Published on December 06, 2010