It's All about Money,' Michael Jackson’s Family Slams Claims Made in 'Leaving Neverland'
Ahead of the HBO release of the controversial new documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” Michael Jackson’s family in their first interview denies the allegations the film exploits. “I know my brother. He’s not like that,” Jackie Jackson says.
Family members of the late Michael Jackson appeared on "CBS This Morning" to air their side on the upcoming release of “Leaving Neverland.” The documentary which is set to air on HBO this Sunday brings to light the story of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claims they were sexually abused by the music icon when they were still boys.
"It's always been about money. I hate to say it when it's my uncle, it's almost like they see a blank check.
Speaking to Gayle King on the show, Michael’s brothers, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, along with his nephew, Taj, denied the accusations being made about their famous relative in the film. They insisted the film was all lies and about making money even when they admitted to Gayle that they haven’t seen the documentary.
"No. I know my brother. He's my little brother. I know my brother. He's not like that," Jackie said in defense of the pop icon.
When Gayle asked if they didn’t find it strange that Michael would have slumber parties with children, Taj replied,
"I grew up in it, so for me it wasn't odd," Taj said. He also says he understands how the outside world would misinterpret his uncle’s actions, “but when when you're actually there in that atmosphere and you're around it, and you're watching movies, whether, with his kids, whether it's 'Little Rascals' or 'Three Stooges,' and you're watching these things, it's like, it's very innocent,” he explains.
Taj doesn’t deny, though, that his uncle had his faults.
“The fault on my uncle was he just, he didn't have that bone in his body to look at it the other way. And I think that was the thing, is that his naiveté was his downfall in a way."
Meanwhile, Marlon claims Robson and Safechuck who both denied in the past that they were molested by Jackson were just now out for money. Taj further adds,
"It's always been about money. I hate to say it when it's my uncle, it's almost like they see a blank check. These people ... felt that they're owed something. You know, instead of working for something, they blame everything on my uncle."
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Marlon questions why not one evidence has been presented to validate the men’s stories.
"There has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story. And they're not interested in doing that.”
When Gayle pressed the brothers about making comments without actually seeing the documentary, Jackie said he “don’t care to see it.”
"No, because I know my brother. I don't have to see that documentary. I know Michael. I'm the oldest brother. I know my brother. I know what he stood for. What he was all about. Bringing the world together. Making kids happy. That's the kind of person he was."
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Just to clarify, Gayle inquired if they thought Michael was ever abusive to children and the brothers unitedly said “No. Never.”
“Never inappropriate with children? In a sexual way?” Gayle pressed.
"Never inappropriate,"Marlon concluded.
Jackie insists those who know his brother are aware of the truth.
Michael has repeatedly denied allegations of child molestation when he was alive. He settled a lawsuit in 1995 and was acquitted in a criminal trial in 2005. His brother, Jermaine Jackson brought this up again when he reacted to the screening of the documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
“I’m a thousand percent sure because Michael was tried by a jury and he was acquitted on all of this because there was no real evidence. There was nothing there. I will say this, our family is tired, very tired. Let this man rest. He did a lot for the world, let him rest. I will say this, there is no truth to this documentary.”
The trailer for “Leaving Neverland” paints a very dark picture of the late singer. Its advanced screening at Sundance required police assistance to prevent any occurrence of a mob protest. Health care professionals were also reportedly set in place in case there were viewers who would need health assistance after watching the disturbing facts presented by the film. Here's the film's trailer.