“Naiveté was his downfall.”
Michael Jackson‘s family has come forward to defend the iconic singer and denounce the molestation claims being made against him in the new “Leaving Neverland” documentary — which is set to air Sunday on HBO.
“This documentary is not telling the truth,” claimed MJ’s brother, Marlon, in an interview with “CBS This Morning” that is scheduled to air Wednesday.
“There has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story,” Marlon added, in reference to the sexual abuse allegations being made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the primary subjects of “Leaving Neverland.”
“And they’re not interested in doing that,” he said.
Marlon and his brothers, Tito and Jackie — as well as Jackson’s nephew, Taj — all spoke to CBS about the explosive new allegations being made in the documentary about the late King of Pop. They have yet to actually see it, but claim they don’t have to.
“I know my brother. He’s my little brother,” said Jackie, 67. “I know my brother. He’s not like that.”
CBS co-host Gayle King pressed the family and pointed out how people may think that they’re being ignorant and naive by not at least seeing the film.
“Some would say though, guys, it’s hard for you sit here and say the documentary isn’t telling the truth when you haven’t seen the documentary,” she said. “Shouldn’t you at least seen the documentary? How can you complain or challenge something that you have not seen?”
Jackie replied, “I don’t care to see it…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.”
King flat-out asked if the Jacksons at one point if they thought MJ could have been “abusive to children” in their opinion — and whether they found it strange that he was sleeping in bed with them.
“No. Never,” the group responded in unison.
“I grew up in it, so for me it wasn’t odd,” explained Taj, 45. “You know, I think, to the outside world, yes, I think it can be odd. I mean, I’m not oblivious to what it sounds like. But 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. But I think, 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.”
The family ultimately believes that “Leaving Neverland” is Robson and Safechuck’s way of making a quick buck.
“It’s all about money,” said Marlon, 61. “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.”
Jackson repeatedly denied sexually abusing children before his death in 2009. The legendary singer was acquitted in a 2005 trial for child molestation, however, he settled a 1993 lawsuit involving similar accusations.
“The people that really know him, they know the truth,” Jackie said.