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Jermaine Jackson Breaks Down In Tears Defending Brother Michael

"Michael was tried by a jury and acquitted on all of this because there was no real evidence."

Jermaine Jackson wiped away tears while defending his late brother Michael amid the damming allegations he sexually abused young boys at his famous Neverland ranch, a bombshell come to light in the Dan Reed documentary Leaving Neverland.

During an interview with Good Morning Britain, Jackson maintains that the accusations are false and his younger brother was simply having "slumber parties." Jermaine also added that along with young boys, there were girls and parents also at the overnight gatherings.

"There were little girls there, even with their parents, their uncles, and they were sitting down, watching movies, eating cookies, popcorn, having fun, watching films," he said. "And Michael said, 'Why do people relate the bed to sex?' which shows you his innocence. Michael's a big kid."

Leaving Neverland premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and shed a light on the two men, choreographer Wade Robson, and James Safechuck, who've accused the Thriller entertainer of molesting them.

Michael Jackson's estate released a statement calling the documentary a "public lynching."

"We lost Michael, we lost our father. We are still in mourning," he said. "We lost a lot, just leave us alone, leave him alone, let him rest. Please, let him rest. He deserves to rest."

Jermaine insists the documentary is trying to besmirch his brother's musical legacy with false accusations, despite being found not guilty 14  years ago.

"Michael was tried by a jury and acquitted on all of this because there was no real evidence," he said. "Wade was in Michael's defense in the case in 2005. He was asked to take the stand and he was asked the question, 'Did Mr. Jackson ever molest you?' Was said, 'No, absolutely not. Had he did, I wouldn't be there.' Then, Mr. Mesereau asked, 'Has Mr. Jackson touched you sexually?' He said, 'No, I wouldn't stand for it.' "

 

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