An unearthed video from 1993 hears LaToya Jackson accuse her brother Michael of ‘crimes against small, innocent children’, according toMetro.co.uk reports.
In the wake of Leaving Neverland – in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children – airing on HBO in the States and Channel 4 in the UK, a press conference which was broadcast on MTV in 1993 has come to light.
In the video, La Toya – who was at that time estranged from her family – alleged that Michael was a predator, following allegations of molestation made by the father of 13-year-old Jordan Chandler earlier that year.
Jackson denied the allegations, and the case was eventually settled out of court for over $20 million.
In her press conference, LaToya said: ‘I love him a great deal, but I cannot and will not be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children.
‘If I remain silent, then that means that I feel the guilt and the humiliation that these children are feeling, and I think it’s very wrong.’
LaToya, herself a survivor of sexual assault, alleged that her mother Katherine had shown her ‘very, very large amounts’ that had been made out to the parents of ‘these children’, saying:
‘These kids are going to be scarred by this for the rest of their lives. I don’t want to see any more innocent small children being affected this way.
“I love Michael very dearly but I feel sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore. They don’t.’
She also said: ‘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 men are out there? 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.” Years later, LaToya recanted her statements, alleging that she was convinced to make them by her then-husband Jack Gordon.
“In Leaving Neverland, Robson, now 36, alleges that he was sexually abused by the Billie Jean hitmaker from when he was seven until he was 14.
Safechuck, now 41, alleges he was abused from when he was 10 to 14, with both men putting forward their allegations in graphic detail in the documentary.
Michael passed away in 2009 at the age of 50. The estate of Jackson has strenuously denied allegations of child sexual abuse, calling them ‘character assassination’.
His daughter Paris Jackson has insisted her dad’s legacy will not be ruined by the allegations, while his nephew Taj Jackson claimed that Robson was ‘100% lying’ in the film, adding that Jackson was a ‘child at heart’.