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Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is currently up for auction and there's a chance it'll be turned into a therapy center for child victims of sexual assault.

A source reportedly told Page Six that a "local businessman" has bid close to $40 million on the property, with plans on making it a sexual abuse refuge. Page Six thinks this "would likely have [Jackson] twitching in his tomb" (ok), since MJ consistently maintained his innocence amid child molestation charges. According to the source:

"[The bidder's] goal is for the place to be used to help children in a serene setting recover from the trauma of sex abuse. The plan is to have children come there for treatment, and they will also hire trained therapists who would help the victims through the use of equine-assisted therapy, which works to improve the kids' self-esteem, and it helps them to become more outgoing."


Neverland is currently controlled by the hedge fund Colony Capital. Other potential buyers are looking to turn the 2,700-acre property into a park or an MJ shrine.

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