Marlon Brando and Michael Jackson allegedly had a candid conversation about child abuse allegations levied against the King of Pop according to a new Luminary podcast.
The two icons once met for dinner, according to legal documents obtained by podcast host Brandon Ogborn. The conversation between Brando and Jackson is the focus of the season one finale of “Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson”.
Ogborn says Brando and Jackson met to trade tips about acting and music. During the course of their chat, Brando brought up Jackson’s child abuse allegations. “I was able to review it,” Ogborn told the Los Angeles Times. “It was quite something to view the document and hold it.”
“It felt like it was a hot potato,” he continued. “It’s a much longer document than what we report on. … It’s quite meandering, pretty loosey-goosey — he [Brando] probably would be cancelled if he was around now.”
Brandon reportedly told prosecutors Jackson “lives in a completely different world” and “didn’t hold real emotions.” Despite this, one topic of conversation supposedly had Jackson shedding tears. “He said he hated his father and started to cry,” Brando said in his testimony.
“So I pulled back. I started to tiptoe,” Brando continued. “I realized that he was in trouble with his life because he was living in a Never-Never Land, and he couldn’t [swear], and for a 35-year-old man not to do that, being around people in show business, seemed very odd.”
“And I said, ‘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?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ He was crying hard enough that… I tried to assuage him,” Brando continued. “I tried to help him all I could.”
“With this mode of behaviour that’s been going on. I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids,” the “Godfather” actor argued. “My impression was that he didn’t want to answer because he was frightened to answer me.”
Since the allegations, his Brando’s son Miko, 58, is slamming the podcast for their claims.
“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,” he said in a letter obtained by the New York Post.
The final episode of “Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson” will air on Sept. 2, four days after what would have been Jackson’s 61st birthday.