Michael Jackson’s older brother Jermaine Jackson has come to his defence against the damning allegations in Channel 4’s upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland.
The two-part documentary, which premiered at Utah’s Sundance Festival last week, details the allegations of two men who claim they were groomed and molested by Jackson from the age of 7 and up to the age of 14.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in a world exclusive, 64-year-old Jermaine begs the public not to believe the documentary’s claims and to allow the late singer to ‘rest.’
“Michael was tried by a jury…he was acquitted by all of this because there was no real evidence. There was nothing there,” he said referring to Michael’s acquittal of child molestation charges in 2005.
“And I will say this our family are tired we are very tired. Let this man rest. He did a lot for the world, let him rest. There is no truth to this documentary.
“It has been very tough, we are a family. When these things happen we pull together and the statement we put out with the estate says it all…but I wanted to come on here because I have always jumped to his defence when he was living and now.
“He was tried with all of these things and even child’s services of Los Angeles cleared him even before the trial in Santa Barbara,” Jackson continued.
The official statement released by Michael Jackson’s estate denounced the documentary as, ‘the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.’
Michael, who passed away in 2009 after an accidental propofol overdose, was plagued with several child molestation accusations during his long withstanding pop career.
In addition to his 2005 acquittal, he was accused of molesting 13-year-old Jordan Chandler in 1993. Michael settled the case with a £16 million payout to Chandler.
Leaving Neverland is expected to air on Channel 4 this spring.