LaToya Jackson said Michael Jackson was a paedophile in a 1993 interview

LaToya Jackson said Michael Jackson was a paedophile in a 1993 interview

LaToya Jackson accused her brother, Michael Jackson, of “crimes against small innocent children” in an interview in 1993, which she later recanted.

LaToya, now 62, said she had seen hush money cheques paid to the parents of children for “very, very large sums”.

She said she had seen two cheques that were shown to her by her mother Katherine Jackson, who was “disgusted” by the pay-offs.

She said while she loved her brother very much she “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 at the time.

“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?” she said. “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. I don’t want to see these kids hurt,” she said.

“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. “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.”

LaToya, says she was sexually abused by her father, Joe Jackson, and knows the effect of that sort of abuse on a child as they become an adult.

She claimed in a separate interview that the abuse from Joe Jackson was sexual towards her as well as her eldest sister Rebbie Jackson, who left home at 16 to escape him.

“It started with me when Rebbie left home,” she said.

LaToya also claimed in the interviews at the time that her brother’s marriage to Lisa Marie Presley was a sham and that was to cover up the abuse claims.

“I know that he doesn’t have interest in women,” she said. “He would never touch a woman. He would say it ‘Oh, I can stand them”.

LaToya was estranged from her family at the time and was widely accused of making the accusations to cash in on them.

She later recanted her statements, saying her then-husband Jack Gordon, convinced her to make the comments.

The interview is noteworthy in light of the new Leaving Neverland documentary in which Australian Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse the Thriller singer of sexually abusing them for years.

Jackson’s estate has denied wrongdoing and filed a $US100 million lawsuit against the makers of the documentary.

“Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities,” the suit claimed.

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