The star's former manager Frank DiLeo and hip-hop guru Russell Simmons rush to Tommy Mottola's defence...

One of Michael Jackson‘s former managers, as well as Hip-Hop figurehead RUSSELL SIMMONS, have condemned the singer for branding SONY label boss TOMMY MOTTOLA a racist.

Michael Jackson had made the claim during a civil rights meeting in New York on Saturday (July 6), labelling Mottola “mean, racist and very devilish”.

“Tommy Mottola is not a racist,” said Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael Jackson during his ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ peak years. “This whole thing is about Michael looking to put the blame for a bad record on somebody besides himself, and it’s an unfortunate way to do it.”

He added: “Despite what Michael says, he has been making his own marketing and management decisions for more than 12 years. What that kid really needs to do is stand in front of a full-length mirror and take a good hard look at the real problem.”

Meanwhile, Def Jam founder Simmons also launched a broadside at Michael Jacksons ‘Invincible’, claiming it didn’t sell because of lack of promotion by Sony but because of lack of quality.

“There are two things I know,” he told the New York Post. “Tommy Mottola is not a racist, and, in black music, especially, you don’t need $30 million to make an album successful. If it’s a hit record, it’ll stick on its own.”