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Wednesday
Aug012012

Jermaine Jackson Offers 'Olive Branch,' Backs Off on Estate Claims

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In the ongoing Jackson family saga, it appears that Jermaine Jackson wants to be the peacemaker.

In a lengthy essay to which he has tweeted a link, Jermaine relates a conversation that he had with his son, Jaafar, in which Jaafar asked him, "Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother's house as a family anymore?"  This "heart-breaking" conversation, writes Jermaine, caused him to reconsider the events of the past few weeks.

"Enough has become enough," he writes.  "After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael's words about love not war.  In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch."

Jermaine then announces that he is rescinding his signature from a letter from him and his siblings Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Janet Jackson, in which they called for the resignation of the executors of Michael Jackson's estate because they have “failed to perform” their duties and “taken advantage of a grieving mother and family."  That letter also claimed that the executors know that Michael's signature on his will is fradulent.

Jermine writes in his essay, "I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict."

He goes on to describe himself and his siblings as "understandably and unapologetically over-protective" when it comes to their mother, Katherine, noting, "No-one on the outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on."  He notes that "rest is the sole reason" that Katherine went to Arizona, and claims, "[Michael's son] Prince even carried her bags down the stairs and urged her to rest-up, because we all come from the same caring place."

Jermaine also denies that that there was ever a "malicious attempt to 'block' the kids from talking with her," explaining, "We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother -- and pressure was what a doctor said she didn't need."

That's why, Jermaine says, he and his siblings last week went to the home in Calabasas, California where Michael's children Prince, Paris and Blanket live: to "discuss arrangements for them to meet with their grandmother."   It was then, Jermaine said, that "we were denied access by security and it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control."  He adds, "I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage.  I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy."

Summing up, Jermaine says he wants to start a "collective dialogue in private" between family members.   "It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing.  I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so.  Because above and beyond anything else, what matters...is family."

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Jermaine Jackson on Michael, Their Childhood and His Brother's Death

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In his new memoir You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes, Jermaine Jackson reveals details about the life of his late brother Michael Jackson, including the fact that he planned to secretly smuggle the international pop star to the Middle East were he to be convicted in his 2005 sexual abuse trial.

Unseen since his brother's 2009 funeral, where he sang Michael's favorite song, "Smile," Jermaine Jackson revealed several elements of the book with ABC's Good Morning America, explaining the relationship he and Michael had with their father, how Michael withdrew from the reach of his family at the height of his solo career and the plan to help him flee a prison sentence.

"We would have gone to the Middle East, to Bahrain, to Saudi," Jermaine said of the plan to get his accused brother out of the United States, adding that he was not afraid of the hefty prison sentence associated with aiding a fugitive, because "they wouldn't have caught me."

Michael Jackson was indicted for 14 counts relating to the molestation of a minor by a grand jury in 2004.  He denied all charges against him, claiming that the family of the alleged 13-year-old victim was trying to extort him.  In 2005, Michael was acquitted of all charges.

Jermaine stated that although his brother knew nothing of the escape plan, he'd have "done it in a heartbeat" because "why should he go to jail for something he didn't do?"

While speaking with ABC News, Jermaine also discussed the complex relationship that he and Michael had with Joe Jackson, their disciplinarian father who managed the career of the young Jackson 5.  In his new book, Jermaine Jackson delves further into the feelings that his brother had about their father.

The two brothers would discuss the possibility of their father's death, and Jermaine revealed that Michael was unsure if he'd be able to cry when the time eventually came.

Jermaine recalled the fear he felt hearing the screams of Michael, his younger brother by four years, the first time he was hit by his father with a switch.  He also shared his own conflicted feelings about his father's actions.

"[I was] not so much petrified but -- but just the excitement of him not understanding what it -- what it means," Jermaine said.  "He wanted to show us, 'I care about you.  Even if I have to whip your butt, I care about you.'

"We wouldn't want to be raised any other way, with the way he raised us.  It's hard raising nine kids, bringing them from Indiana out here ... that was his whole thing, wanting to keep his family together.  And if he didn't do anything else, he brought us out, he taught us everything we knew about becoming what we became," he said.

"He gets a bad rap and he has feelings," he said of his father.  "He's very tough, very tough. I've never seen him cry…"

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Thursday
Mar172011

Jermaine Jackson Writing Memoir About Michael

MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- This fall, Jermaine Jackson will publish a memoir about his late brother, Michael.  The book, called You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes, is billed by the publisher as "the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty, illuminating the private man, the son, the father and the brother."

You Are Not Alone reportedly will detail the late King of Pop's childhood in Gary, Indiana, his rise to stardom with the Jackson 5, his solo career, his relationships with his parents, and the "private anguish" he suffered during his 2005 child molestation trial.  It also includes a look at the final weeks of Michael's life, as well as the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who's accused of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the superstar.

In a statement, Jermaine said of the book, "It's about what really happened and who [Michael] really was, representing the things he never got the chance to say, based on what we know, based no what he shared."  As for why he wrote the book, Jermaine stated, "We don't want Michael's life to be an eternal mystery."

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