The pop star's sister spoke out against her brother in a 1993 interview
La Toya Jackson discussed claims that Michael Jackson had sexually abused young boys in a 1993 interview, which has now resurfaced online.
The footage of the MTV interview with the singer, songwriter, and actor has been unearthed in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary.
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In the video, La Toya told reporters: “Michael is my brother. I love him a great deal, but I cannot and will not be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children. If I remain silent then it means I fuel the guilt and humiliation these children are feeling and I think it’s very wrong.”
She said her mother had shown her cheques written to the families of the boys involved for “very, very large” sums. She added that, while she didn’t want to speak about it, she was doing so because she was also a victim of sexual abuse.
“These kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives and I don’t want to see any more innocent, small children being affected this way. I love Michael very dearly but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore. They don’t.”
She continued: “Now you stop and think for one second and you tell me, what 35-year-old man is going to take a little boy and stay with him for 30 days?. And take another boy and stay with him for five days in a room and never leave the room? How many of you out there are 35-years-old? How many would take little kids and do that? That are nine, 10, 11 years old? I love my brother but it’s wrong.”
The Jackson family responded at the time, accusing La Toya of “making her money by lying” and said she was probably paid to speak out against him.
Leaving Neverland premiered on UK TV earlier this week (March 6 and 7). Since then, adverts protesting Michael Jackson’s innocence have appeared on the sides of London buses.
The two-part, four-hour documentary explores the allegations made against Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both say the pop star abused them as children. Jackson’s estate have denied the claims, while a civil suit was thrown out by a judge in 2012 after it was ruled the estate could not be held liable for Jackson’s behaviour.