Florida Man Tries to Fight Michael Jackson Impersonator Outside Club, Gets Arrested

A Florida man who "reeked of alcohol" was arrested last weekend after allegedly harassing a Michael Jackson impersonator outside a nightclub in Dunedin.

Todd Mahon, 51, was arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies and charged with disorderly intoxication after police received a complaint at roughly 10:30 p.m. on Saturday saying he was seen aggressively yelling at the performer close to a local nightclub called Blur.

An 11-year-old child who had been performing alongside the impersonator that night was in the crowd that witnessed the altercation, WFLA reported, citing a police arrest report. Officers said Mahon accused the pop star imitator of helping to promote Jackson's alleged child abuse.

Eyewitnesses told deputies that Mahon had attempted to leave the scene after trying to pick a fight with the impersonator, whose identity was not released by local law enforcement.

When caught by police, the suspect at first admitted to his role in the altercation but later took back his statements and denied all involvement in the alleged nightclub harassment. According to the arrest report, deputies noted that Mahon told them "he had not been drinking alcohol at all this night even though he reeked of alcohol and his speech was slurred and mumbled."

Mahon was released from jail on Sunday shortly before 7 a.m. after paying a $100 bond linked to his charge, which was a second-degree misdemeanor according to inmate records.

Before his death in 2009, the real Jackson was plagued by numerous allegations of child abuse, which were consistently denied by the singer and his family estate.

In 2005, the pop star was acquitted on all criminal charges relating to allegations of sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy, following similar claims back in 1993. But the story again hit the headlines in January this year thanks to the release of Leaving Neverland.

The documentary, which was co-produced by Channel 4 and HBO, outlined a series of fresh allegations of child sexual molestation and long-term grooming made against the singer by two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

In a major PR push amid the initial screenings of the film, the Jackson estate released several statements, including one describing the film as a "tabloid character assassination."

"Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family, that is the Jackson way. But we can't just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made," the family estate said.