Janet Jackson has addressed the allegations of child abuse raised against her late brother, Michael Jackson, in a trailer for her upcoming documentary.
Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, was charged with child abuse in 1993, however, never charged. In 2005, he was acquitted of seven counts of child abuse following a high-profile lawsuit.
The King of Pop, who had always maintained his innocence, was also posthumously accused of assaulting Wade Robson.
In a recently unveiled trailer for her upcoming two-part documentary, Janet, “Rhythm Nation” singer Janet Jackson has addressed the allegations, admitting that she felt as if she was being considered “guilty of attachment” over the years.
Halfway through the trailer for the documentary, which is set to air on Lifetime and A&E on January 28, the star was seen asking Jackson’s matriarch, Katherine Jackson, “Mom, how are you talking about Mike?”
“I can not,” Katherine Jackson said in response, before her famous daughter later admitted, “There’s a big scrutiny that comes with having that last name.”
Someone outside the camera asked the singer if the accusations leveled against Michael Jackson had affected her career, prompting her to reply, “Yes, guilty of attachment. That’s what they call it, isn’t it?”
“They build you up, and once you get there, they’re so quick to tear you down,” she was later heard to say in the trailer.
While the star has largely remained silent about the allegations, she took up the allegations from Evan Chandler, who had accused Michael Jackson of abusing his then 13-year-old son back in 1993.
An out-of-court settlement was later reached.
Talking about Amazon Prime’s 2016 documentary Masked, Janet Jackson said, “Now, if this really went on, do you think a father would accept money?”
“Do you think that would make everything OK? It makes no sense,” she continued. “If it was my son, I do not care if he gave me a billion dollars, I will see you either behind bars or dead to do it against my son.”
She concluded: “It’s crazy – the guy was looking for money – that was all he wanted.”
Elsewhere in Janet Jackson’s upcoming documentary, the controversy surrounding her infamous “wardrobe error” at the 2004 Super Bowl was also covered.
When her half-time appearance at the sporting event was over, guest artist Justin Timberlake tore off part of her costume, briefly exposing her breast. Janet Jackson bore the brunt of the resulting backlash, while Timberlake’s career continued to thrive.
A number of stars appear in the trailer for the documentary Janet, including Missy Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Tyler Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina King, Janelle Monáe, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor and Paula Abdul.
“This is my story, told by me. Not through someone else’s eyes,” Janet Jackson said when she announced her documentary last year. “This is the truth. Take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. It’s me.”
The documentary’s release has been timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of her eponymous debut album for the first time on the shelves.