Marlon Brando reportedly reduced Michael Jackson to tears when he quizzed him about his sexuality.
In a podcast by Brandon Ogborn called Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson, the investigative journalist claims that Brando gave a sworn statement to prosecutors in 1994, when the singer was under investigation.
The transcript, which will be shared with the public on Sunday, supposedly details a conversation that The Godfather star had with Jackson when they met at his Neverland ranch.
Ogborn claims Brando asked Jackson: “‘Well, who are your friends?’ He said, ‘I don’t know anybody my own age. I don’t like anybody my own age.’ Brando said, ‘Why not?’”
Ogborn continued: “He said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ He was crying hard enough that . . . I tried to assuage him. I tried to help him all I could.”
It was reported at the time: “Brando told prosecutors he originally thought Jackson was gay but now believed it was ‘pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids.’ ”
This has enraged Brando’s son Miko, who has hit back at the suggestions, insisting that the words are being misrepresented by Ogborn.
In a letter to the LA Times, which was seen by Page Six, Miko wrote: “I was friends with Michael Jackson for over 27 years and my father adored him.
“I don’t appreciate my father’s words being twisted to imply that Michael hurt anyone.”
Miko had once been Jackson’s driver and he hit back at the claims: “This is just someone’s cheap publicity stunt to promote their paid podcast.
“My father would never have been friends with Michael if he thought he was capable of doing harm to kids, and he would never imply anything negative about Michael.”
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