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The nephew of the late King of Pop has revealed that the family once staged an intervention over Michael Jackson’s relationships with children. As reported by, Taj Jackson claims his uncle’s “achilles heel” was the need to help people.

In a new interview with the publication, Taj was asked whether the family ever attempted to pump the brakes on Jackson’s relationship with young children, and he confirmed that an intervention did take place.

“That’s exactly what happened after the trial,” he said, referring to Jackson’s 2004-2005 criminal trial in which he was charged with molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo. “And that’s why after the trial it was all family.”

Jackson pleaded not guilty to all the counts he was indicted on; four counts of molesting a minor, four counts of intoxicating a minor to molest him, one count of attempted child molestation, one count of conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive, and conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction.

The trial ended June 13, 2005, with the jury delivering a not guilty verdict.

According to Taj, the intervention was meant to encourage MJ to spend less time with other people’s kids and more time with his own family and those who truly loved him.

“We said to him: ‘You have plenty of family members. You have plenty of nieces and nephews’. And he agreed,” he explained.

“I asked him about Gavin,” he admitted. “He said to me, ‘I could not let that kid die.’ He had cancer at the time he met Michael Jackson. He doesn’t have cancer anymore but he had cancer and a lot of people forget that.”

Taj added: “When it comes to people who are dying my uncle…he felt like he had to be there for these people.”

Taj’s comments come amid the controversy over the explosive Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which has divided opinion among fans while radio stations around the world have banned Jackson’s songs.

In related news, Irish journalist Sam Smyth recalled the time he stayed in the same hotel as Jackson, who was accompanied by a minor boy.

Smyth covered the music icon’s visit to Cork as part of the ‘Bad’ tour in 1988 and remembered the child Jackson paraded around with was James Safechuck, one of the men who has accused the late singer of abusing him in “Leaving Neverland.”

“I remember thinking at the time… it’s very odd for a man in his 30th year to have his very best friend as this boy called Little Jimmy Safechuck who was 10,” he said on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 show, per

Smyth added: “The whole thing was odd, and deeply suspicious. Certainly not anything that I would ever want for anyone belonging to me.”

According to the report, young Safechuck had his own room at Jury’s Hotel, and a ‘do not disturb’ was sign constantly on display. The windows were also covered with sheets to block out views. Smyth said “the whole thing was adding to something very bizarre.”

When he learned the child would not be attending Jackson’s concert in Pairc Uí Chaoimh but instead staying in his room all night, Smyth devised a plan to rescue the kid. So he, along with Eamon Dunphy, used hotel stationary and wrote: “Dear Little Jimmy Safechuck, we are in the residents’ lounge… and if you are being held against your will or if you need rescuing contact us’.”

He gave the note to the hotel porter, along with a “handsome tip” and instructions to leave the note under Safechuck’s door. But they never heard from the child.

With regards to the sexual abuse accusations levelled against MJ in “Leaving Neverland,” Smyth’s says “I’m quite convinced that they are telling the truth. I think most people would be… I think the film is very credible and very skillfully made.”

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3 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s Family Staged Intervention Over His Bizarre Relationship With Children

  1. Sadly I can’t listen to the Tom Joyner morning show anymore because unlike the show I could not an will not be part of the denial an turning a blind eye 2 what Michael Jackson has been accused of. If they had any class the estate would donate all income 2 victims of child abuse. Just very sad but he has made a fool of his crazy fans.

  2. African American Woman on said:

    Sure did, but all of that does not discount his inappropriate relationships with young children. I first remember seeing him carry Webster around and as a small child myself, thinking, why is he carrying him like that? I wouldn’t want no man carrying me around like that. People get stupid and blind when they choose to idolize people, mere human beings. If the behavior he exhibited toward children was done by the neighbor down the street from you, would you send your son for a sleepover just because your neighbor “likes the company” of children? If you would, you’re crazy and negligent. Michael Jackson abused children. I think we all knew it, but didn’t want to admit that because who doesn’t love Michael Jackson? There will NEVER be another Michael, but just like any other victim of a pedophile; they shouldn’t be criminalized for being victimized.

  3. Say What! on said:

    Michael helped pay for black girl who was mauled by a dog. He paid for a black boy’s funeral when he was killed in a drive by shoting in Compton. He gave the family a blank check to pay for their needs. Over 1500 black men and women went to Fisk College due to MJ paying for it. And many more. All of this generousy and it took a few liars who took advantage of his kindness even the 1993 and 2005 to try to undermind his success and image. God will not let the righteous go down no matter how hard some try.

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