Michael Jackson reportedly went into a rage and made drastic threats when he found out his brother Jermaine was drafting a tell-all book.
Michael vowed to toss Jermaine out of the Jackson family home and sue him and anyone else who had a hand in writing or publishing the proposed tome, “Legacy: Surviving the Best and the Worst,” said author Stacy Brown, who had been slated to ghostwrite the project, according to the New York Daily News.
The eight-page outline was reportedly shopped to publishers just weeks after Michael’s arrest in November 2003.
“I don’t want to tell you my brother’s innocent. I am not certain that he is,” Jermaine reportedly said in the teaser drafted by Brown, who co-authored “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask” with the singer’s former publicist, Bob Jones.
The Daily News obtained a copy of the eight-page proposal. In a teaser, Jermaine detailed that Michael has “a thing for young children” and that he feared his kid brother might be guilty of the child molestation charges he faced in ’03. Despite the charges, Jermaine backed his brother at trial because he feared the singer would commit suicide in prison if convicted.
He also described MJ as a sometimes out-of-control drug and booze abuser with a calculating mean streak, the Daily News said, and his drinking is not confined to “Jesus Juice.” According to Jermaine, MJ’s preferred substances include Vicodin, Demerol, codeine, Percocet, cocaine and Jack Daniels.
The proposal includes a vignette where the family came together after brother Tito’s ex-wife died in the mid-’90s. They allegedly were “shaken” after finding Michael sitting on a bed with Tito’s young sons and holding them in a disturbing manner.
Jermaine admitted that the family has protected MJ’s image and says that the former Pop King also cheats, lies and even changed the color of his skin, and claims Michael’s two older kids were fathered by a sperm donor, according to the Daily News. He also suggested that their father, Joe, molested their sisters Rebbie and La Toya when they were kids.
Other claims allege that, during the height of the Jackson 5, the brothers feared Michael was gay, that he hated Jews because Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen stole the idea of DreamWorks studio from him, and that Michael squashed his brothers’ solo careers.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Daily News, Brown said that within weeks of the book proposal going out, Jacko somehow got his hands on a copy and went “ballistic.”
“He threatened to throw Jermaine out of Hayvenhurst,” Brown told the paper, referring to the Jackson family’s longtime home in Encino, Calif. “He called Jermaine a backstabber.”
Michael reportedly owns the mansion, but Jermaine lives there, along with their mother Katherine, brother Randy, and Jermaine’s ex-wife, Alejandra, who has children by both Randy and Jermaine.
Jackson’s family had frantic “family meetings” to discuss Jermaine’s revelations, and under pressure, “Jermaine decided not to go forward with the book,” Brown, who had been an old-time friend of the Jackson family, told the paper.
Brown reportedly said he stopped considering Jermaine and the other Jacksons friends after the experience made him realize “how out of touch, unreal, unrealistic and dysfunctional” the family is.
“In a way, I’m glad none of this happened. I don’t want to be affiliated with them anymore,” he added.