Janet Jackson addresses the child abuse allegations leveled against her late brother Michael Jackson in the trailer of her upcoming documentary.
Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, was charged with child abuse in 1993, though never charged. In 2005, he was acquitted of seven counts of child abuse after a high-profile trial.
The King of Pop, who had always maintained his innocence, was also posthumously accused of molestation by Wade Robson.
In a newly unveiled trailer for his upcoming two-part documentary, Janet“Rhythm Nation” singer Janet Jackson has addressed the allegations, admitting that she felt as though she had been “guilty by the association” over the years.
In the middle of 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, help you talk about Mike.” How’s it feeling?”
“I can’t,” Katherine Jackson replied, before her famous daughter later admitted: “There’s a great deal of scrutiny that comes with that last name.”
An off-camera person asked the singer if the allegations against Michael Jackson had affected her career, prompting her to respond: “Yeah, guilty by association. I guess they call it, Is not it?”
“They build you, and then once you get there, they are so quick to tear you down,” she was heard saying later in the trailer.
While the star remained largely silent on the allegations, she addressed the allegations made by Evan Chandler, who accused Michael Jackson of molesting his then 13-year-old son in 1993.
Later an out-of-court settlement was reached.
Speaking on Amazon Prime’s 2016 documentary unmasked, Janet Jackson said: “Now if this really goes on, do you think a father would accept money?”
“Do you think this will fix everything? It doesn’t make any sense,” she continued. “If he was my son, I don’t care if he owed me a billion dollars, I’d like to see you either behind bars or dead for doing this to my son.”
He concluded: “It’s crazy – the guy was after the money – that’s all he wanted.”
Elsewhere in Janet Jackson’s upcoming documentary, the controversy surrounding her infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl was also covered.
As her half-time performance at the sporting event came to a close, guest star Justin Timberlake tore a part of her dress, leaving her breasts briefly exposed. Janet Jackson bore the brunt of the resulting backlash, while Timberlake’s career continued to flourish.
Several stars are seen in the trailer of the documentary Janet, which includes Missy Elliot, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Tyler Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina King, Janelle Monáe, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor and Paula Abdul.
Janet Jackson announced her documentary last year, saying, “This is my story, told by me. Not through someone else’s eyes.” “That’s the truth. Take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. It’s me.”
The documentary’s release is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his eponymous debut album First Hitting Shelf.