Following the release of controversial documentary, Leaving Neverland, which alleges that Michael Jackson sexually abused two young boys in the 1980s and 1990s, footage of the star’s sister discussing the claims decades ago has resurfaced.
In the 1990s, LaToya Jackson called out her brother not once, but twice, for the alleged abuse of young boys.
At a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1993, MJ’s older sister said 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,” LaToya said, adding she had come across cheques for “very, very large sums” made payable to the parents of “these children”.
The singer also spoke about her own harrowing experiences as a child.
“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.
“I love Michael dearly but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore, they don’t.”
The now 62-year-old discussed the sexual abuse allegations further in an interview with NBC News, specifically referencing Michael Jackson‘s first public accuser, Jordan Chandler.
Referencing the cheques made out to what LaToya refers to as “the little boy’s parents” again, she claimed her mother, Katherine Jackson, was “outraged” by the monetary evidence.
“There were two cheques that I know of that she has shown me and it’s for a substantial amount of money and she was outraged over it,” LaToya said in the interview.
She also claimed her mother was “very aware [of] all the boys that stayed” with Michael.
“She is the one who always said that Michael, excuse my expression, that he is a f***ot,” LaToya explained.
“She knows it. And now she’s denying it and that’s what hurts.”
LaToya also alleged the reason none of the Jackson family spoke out about the “truth” about Michael, was due to fears of being cut off financially by the pop king.
In addition, the ‘Night Time Lover’ singer stated her brother “would have boys over all the time”.
“They would stay in the room for days, then they would come out and then there would be another boy (would go in) and then he would bring someone else,” she said.
She then posed the hard-hitting question, “What 35-year-old man sleeps with little boys and stays with them for a week or two weeks or whatever? And sleep in the same bed.”
In later years, LaToya changed her tune on the allegations claiming it was her then-husband, Jack Gordon, forcing her to speak out against her brother for monetary gain.
Michael, who passed away in 2009, always denied any of the sexual abuse allegations made against him.
Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted the Michael Jackson estate and representatives for LaToya Jackson for comment on all the previous statements.
Additional reporting by Yahoo Celebrity UK.
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