The Jackson family is speaking out against the HBO special “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary that centers on abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.
“Extra’s” Tanika Ray sat down with Michael’s brothers, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and his nephew Taj, who defended MJ and explained why they don’t want people to see the film.
In the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck go into graphic detail about how they were allegedly abused my Michael when they were children. Now, Michael Jackson’s estate is filing a $100-million lawsuit against HBO.
Marlon insisted, “Our brother would never do anything like that,” and Jackie went on to explain that they are speaking out to “defend our brother and tell the truth… he can’t defend himself.”
Tito was upset, saying, “I think it’s such a cheap shot to take, to take a whack at him at the this time, especially when there’s no validity to the story.”
During Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial, Wade testified that the singer did not act inappropriately toward him. Michael was acquitted.
Tanika asked, “Was there ever a point when you sat down with Michael and said, 'What is going on?'” Marlon said, “He told me, ‘Marlon, one of the things I like about kids is they don’t want anything from me.’” Jackie added, “He would say to me, ‘Jackie, see what they’re trying to do to me? I’m just helping kids.’”
Taj said Wade was still close with the family when Michael died in June 2009, and even got him into the memorial. “I got Wade into the memorial, not only that, Wade asked to see the kids again, Michael’s kids again, and I got him able to see the kids again.”
Michael’s children, Prince, 22, Paris, 20, and Blanket, 17, are much older now, and Paris has been vocal about her own issues.
Tanika asked how they are dealing with all the news surrounding the movie. Jackie said it is “devastating, it’s hurting his kids, having a hard time with this now… it hurts them very, very badly and us as a family.”
What is the family’s theory on why Robson and Safechuck made this movie now, when Michael was acquitted of charges years ago? Marlon said, “I think it’s all about the money.”
As for how they want Michael to be remembered, Jackie said, “A great humanitarian… his music will always live on forever.” Tito added, “He had pureness in his heart.”