‘It’s a cheap publicity stunt to promote their podcast’: Marlon Brando’s son slams claims the Godfather star told prosecutors Michael Jackson ‘may have been sexually involved with kids’ or that he made the star cry
- Producer of a new Luminary podcast reportedly obtained a transcript of a 1994 interview Marlon Brando gave prosecutors about his friend Michael Jackson
- In the transcript, Marlon is allegedly quoted as saying he made Michael cry when he pressed him on his friendships with underage children
- Marlon also reportedly told prosecutors that it was possible that Michael ‘may have something to do with kids’
- However, Marlon’s son Miko Brando is now slamming the claims and the new Luminary podcast
- In a letter to the LA Times he stated: ‘This is just someone’s cheap publicity stunt to promote their paid podcast’
- He added: ‘My father would never have been friends with Michael if he thought he was capable of doing harm to kids’
Marlon Brando’s son is slamming reports that the iconic actor reduced Michael Jackson to tears when he confronted the pop star about his friendships with young children.
Miko Brando – who worked as a driver and security guard at Michael’s Neverland Ranch – also dismissed an assertion made in a new Luminary podcast that his famous father confided his suspicions about the musician’s sexual proclivities to LA County prosecutors back in 1994.
In a letter penned to the Los Angeles Times, and obtained by the New York Post on Saturday, Miko, 58, stated: ‘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’s letter comes in the wake of claims made in a new Luminary podcast titled Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson, due to be released in full on Sunday.
Miko Brando – who worked as a driver and security guard at Neverland Ranch – is blasting claims his famous father, Marlon Brando, ever spoke ill of his longtime friend Michael Jackson. Miko and Marlon are pictured together in 1990
Miko’s letter comes in the wake of claims made in a new Luminary podcast titled Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson ,which asserts Marlon gave testimony about Michael’s relationship with children to LA county prosecutors
Brandon Ogborn, one of the podcast’s creator-producers, allegedly got a hold of a transcript of an interview Marlon Brando gave to prosecutors on March 14, 1994 in relation to child abuse accusations leveled at Michael Jackson.
In his letter, Miko slams the production stating: ‘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.’
Ogborn claims Marlon is quoted as saying in the 1994 testimony that he pressed Michael on his friendships with children.
The Godfather actor reportedly asked Michael: ‘Well, who are your friends?’ He said, ‘I don’t know anybody my own age. I don’t like anybody my own age.’ I said, ‘Why not?’
Brandon Ogborn, one of the podcast’s creator-producers, allegedly got a hold of a transcript of an interview Marlon Brando gave to prosecutors on March 14, 1994 in relation to child abuse accusations leveled at Michael Jackson. Michael is pictured that same year
‘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.’
Meanwhile, Marlon also allegedly stated in his interview with prosecutors that he believed Michael ‘may have had something to do with kids [in a sexual manner]’.
Marlon died in 2004, while Michael passed away in 2009.
Michael’s friendships with children have long been the subject of much discussion and innuendo.
Miko and Marlon are pictured together in 1990. Miko says his father would never speak ill of their mutual longtime friend Michael
On December 18, 2003, prosecutors in Santa Barbara County, where Neverland is located, formally charged the pop legend with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of intoxicating a minor with alcoholic drinks.
Michael vehemently denied the charges against him and was acquitted in June 2005 after a high-profile trial.
Meanwhile, Michael’s sexual proclivities also hit headlines again earlier this year after the release of the documentary Leaving Neverland.
The movie, by British filmmaker Dan Reed, revisited the child abuse allegations against Jackson through the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both claim they were sexually abused as children by Michael.
Michael’s friendships with children have long been the subject of much discussion and innuendo. He is pictured on 2002