- Resurfaced footage from a 1993 MTV News segment shows La Toya Jackson criticising her brother Michael.
- The clip, which has resurfaced in the wake of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” documentary, sees La Toya publicly condemning Michael Jackson as a child predator and sexual abuser.
- La Toya said she had seen checks in “very, very large amounts” made payable to the families of the people Michael is accused of abusing.
- She said that, as a sexual-assault survivor herself, she could not in good faith keep quiet about her brother’s behaviour, which she said “scarred” the boys “for the rest of their lives.”
- She later retracted those statements in an interview.
- Editor’s note: This post contains descriptions of sexual abuse that may be triggering.
La Toya Jackson publicly condemned her brother Michael and said he was a child predator and sexual abuser in an unearthed MTV interview from 1993.
The footage, which has resurfaced in the wake of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” – a documentary centered around allegations made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children – shows La Toya at a press conference telling reporters that she “cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children.”
La Toya was responding to allegations of sexual assault made by the father of 13-year-old Jordan Chandler earlier that year.
“If I remain silent then it means I fuel the guilt and humiliation these children are feeling, and I think it’s very wrong,” said La Toya, before adding that her mother had shown her checks in “very, very large amounts” that had been made out to the parents of “these children.”
La Toya went on to say that, as a sexual-assault survivor herself, she could not in good conscience keep silent about the behaviour her brother is accused of.
“I am a victim myself, and I know what it feels like, and 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,” she said before saying her love for her brother is outweighed by her sympathy for the children he is accused of abusing.
‘I love Michael dearly, but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore, they don’t,’ she said
She then asked reporters, “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 9, 10, 11 years old? I love my brother, but it’s wrong. I don’t want to see these kids hurt,” La Toya added.
MTV News host Steve Blame ended the segment with: “The Jackson family replied by saying that La Toya makes her money from lying and was probably paid to speak out against her brother.”
“Only last month La Toya, who is estranged from her family, said she thought her brother was innocent,” Blame said.
La Toya later retracted her statements.
In 2011, she told The Daily Beast that “I never believed for a minute my brother was guilty of anything like that. When I spoke to Michael about it years later, he told me he knew it wasn’t me saying those things … He always knew it wasn’t true.”
Jackson’s family, for their part, has denied all the allegations against him and described the documentary “Leaving Neverland” as “a public lynching,” with his estate filing a $US100 million lawsuit against HBO, alleging the network violated a non-disparagement agreement.
“HBO has disparaged Jackson’s legacy by airing a one-sided hit piece against Jackson based exclusively on the false accounts of two proven, serial perjurers,” the Jackson estate said.
A spokesperson for La Toya Jackson did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
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