London, Feb. 6 (Reuters): Pop icon Michael Jackson lashed out at a “tawdry” documentary he helped make for British television, denying he would ever abuse children.
In the film — a rare look at the singer’s private life that was shot over eight months — Jackson admitted sharing a bed with children at his Neverland ranch.
“Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before, that someone who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible and unfair programme,” Jackson, 44, said in a statement. “Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child.”
Jackson has been dogged by controversy since 1993 when he reached a multi-million dollar settlement with a 14-year-old boy who had accused him of sexual molestation.
In the documentary, the eccentric star insisted there was nothing wrong with having children in his bedroom and vowed to kill himself if there were no kids left in the world.
His older children, five-year-old Prince Michael I and four-year-old Paris, appeared on film with Jackson wearing party masks. He fed his third child — whom he has nicknamed Blanket — with a bottle of milk while draping a veil over his head.