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Michael Jackson's sister said he was guilty of 'crimes against innocent children'.

In the wake of Leaving Neverland, which details the late Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse of children, many are looking at all the signs we ignored that the King of Pop was a child molester.

Despite the Jackson family denying the documentary’s claims and criticising its production, a resurfaced interview with LaToya Jackson says the opposite.

In 1993, the father of Jordan Chandler, then 13 years old, made allegations that Michael Jackson sexually assaulted his son. The case was later settled for US$20 million out of court.

However in the latter half of 1993, when the court case was still ongoing, LaToya Jackson publicly corroborated claims that children had experienced sex abuse at the hands of her brother.

“Michael is my brother and I love him a great deal,” she began the interview, broadcast on MTV. “But I cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children.”

LaToya Jackson
LaToya and Michael Jackson in 2003. Image via Getty.

"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 went on to say she never planned on speaking publicly on the issue, but she couldn't remain silent after seeing cheques made to the parents of the victims.

“I think it’s sad because I am a victim myself and I know what it feels like," she continued. "These kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives. I don’t want to see any more innocent small children being affected this way."

She continued: “I love Michael very dearly but I feel sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore. They don’t.”

LaToya Jackson, now 62 years old, went on to vehemently denounce her brother for spending time with young boys behind closed doors.

"Now 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?"

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LaToya, who was then estranged from her family, further accused her father of abuse.

“I’ve been hurt by it too," she added. "My father molested me sexually and I don’t like it, I don’t like the way it feels."

The host of the MTV show, Steve Blame, said after the interview, "The Jackson family replied by saying that La Toya makes her money from lying and was probably paid to speak out against her brother."

LaToya Jackson
LaToya Jackson later repaired her relationship with her family. Image via Getty.

LaToya Jackson later withdrew her comments in 2011 in an interview with Daily Beast

"I never believed for a minute my brother was guilty of anything like that," she said.

"When I spoke to Michael about it years later, he told me he knew it wasn’t me saying those things. I didn’t even have to explain it to him — he wouldn’t let me."

Although she has since retracted her comments, in light of the Leaving Neverland documentary, now available to watch on 10 Play, the comments provide more evidence that the late Michael Jackson was a child sex abuser.

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