As the premiere of the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland draws near, the family of the late pop icon, Michael Jackson, continues to fight in his defense against the biased incriminating project. This morning, Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, who is the son of his brother Tito Jackson called into the Breakfast Club with his uncle Marlon Jackson to debunk the credibility of the HBO documentary and the accusers.
Charlamagne tha God started off the segment by mentioning Dan Reed’s, director of Leaving Neverland, recent claim that accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck were not being compensated and Taj does not seem to find any truth in the statement. “You can turn being relevant into making money. They have an appeal going on right now with the [Michael Jackson] estate, so it’s in their best interests to get the public on their side so they can make as much money as possible.”
The dialogue went on to touch base on the Michael Jackson Estate’s lawsuit against HBO, in which the Breakfast Club hosts questioned if the dispute will encourage the network to pull the documentary from premiering on Sunday (Mar. 3). Taj expressed he believes the network is in dire need for the attention due to a foreseen demise thanks to Netflix.
“I think that there is too much at stake for them. I think HBO is in a certain position where Netflix is eating their lunch and I think they need this publicity.”
According to ET, the lawsuit presented by Optimum Productions and co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate claims the HBO project violates a non-disparagement clause that is sanctioned in a contract made with HBO in 1992 which prohibited the network from making any disparaging remarks about the King of Pop or any of his representatives that may harm or deface his public image. The contract was made after the release of his classic album Dangerous and Michael Jackson Live in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour special.
When asked if he found any of the child molestation accusations to be true, the vocal nephew of the pop legend spoke in Jackson’s defense as the allegations being false and went on to reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the Thriller singer for 10 years and have found no evidence proving the claims to be true.
“One hundred percent no. My uncle was one of the most scrutinized people in the world. He has a secret ten year FBI investigation going on him that no one knew about,” Taj said. “Three hundred pages of documents, not one shred of evidence. They would have locked him up if they had something.”
According to a 2009 CNN report, just six months after Jackson’s shocking death, the FBI published 17 years worth of accumulated data on Jackson online. The information was made publicly available in lieu of the Freedom of Information Act.
Taj went on to say, “When your name is Michael Jackson, you’re just a target.”
Towards the end of the call, Taj gave his stance on the popular collusion that Jackson’s death was a plotted murder by highlighting the supreme entertainer’s league of music publishing ownership.
“My uncle pretty much-owned half of the music industry publishing company. We’re talking everything from the James Bond theme,” he said. “He was getting paid and paid and paid. He became too powerful. He has a deal where he owned half of Sony Music’s catalog.”
This includes the catalogs of Babyface, ’90s rock band Oasis, and the infamous case of the Beatles.
To the entire #MJFam… THANK YOU 🙌🏽. You’re dedication and loyalty to my beloved uncle will ALWAYS be appreciated. My Uncle always talked about his fan support and today you are showing that love right back. Words can’t thank you enough for fighting the leeches of the world. 🙏🏽
— TJ Jackson (@tjjackson) February 17, 2019
Thank you. I can only do this because I feel the huge overwhelming support from MJ fans worldwide. I am receiving so many messages of love and encouragement. 🙏🏽
The media spread lies, bullied and picked on my uncle throughout his life. We are taking a stand for him. Enough! https://t.co/VIQSDYO51U
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 22, 2019
Over the past month, Taj Jackson, along with his brother TJ Jackson has been sensationally vocal about the biased documentary, especially through the social networking platform of Twitter. Both have merged with dedicated fans to vocalize and present a pure defense for the beloved entertainer due to the mere fact that he is no longer here to voice his own defense. Their activism has started to receive appropriate media attention as the days of Leaving Neverland approach and the family refuses to back down.