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Interview With Jermaine Jackson

Aired November 20, 2003 - 15:39   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Yes. Judy, as you can imagine, we have been talking to a lot of people about this case, from the law enforcement angle to the defense angle. And now I'm being told we have been making calls trying to get in touch with members of the Jackson family, of course to get their view on what is happening to Michael Jackson right now. And I am told we do have on the line now Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's brother.
Jermaine, you can hear me OK?

JERMAINE JACKSON, MICHAEL JACKSON'S BROTHER: Yes, I hear you very clearly.

PHILLIPS: All right. And I understand that you are coming to us from Las Vegas. I am assuming that you were with your brother as he was shooting this music video.

I guess, first of all, I want to ask you how are you feeling right now? I know you have been a big supporter of your brother. You have always come out publicly and supported him. What's going through your mind right now?

JACKSON: Well, first of all, I'd like to say the whole family supports Michael 100 percent, 1,000 percent. Michael is innocent. And just to let you know how I feel, I'm very disappointed in the system in which things were done. At the same time, Michael is in very strong spirits because he is innocent.

PHILLIPS: What has he told you?

JACKSON: We're tired of people -- I'm sick and (EXPLETIVE DELETED) tired of people speaking on my brother's behalf and my family's behalf who do not know us. So you put these people on national TV, on international TV, and they say these things, and the public is saying, oh, wow, is he really like this?

My brother is not eccentric. We had an incredible, wonderful childhood. And what they're doing is bringing him down with the very thing that he loved, his children and family.

My brother is about peace. They don't know us. But this will reveal itself.

But I'm sick and (EXPLETIVE DELETED) tired about everybody saying these things about my family. We will fight, and we will stand up. And everybody that knows this family around the world will support us. Because, at the end of the day, this is nothing but a modern day lynching.

This is what they want to see, him in handcuffs. You got it. But it won't be for long, I promise you.

PHILLIPS: Jermaine...

JACKSON: I'm sick and tired.

PHILLIPS: And believe me, I...

JACKSON: Sick and tired of this.

PHILLIPS: ... I have no idea what you are going through. I am definitely not in your shoes.

JACKSON: No, you don't know.

PHILLIPS: No, you're right. You are right.

JACKSON: You don't walk in my shoes or my family's shoes.

PHILLIPS: You are absolutely right.

JACKSON: You don't walk in our shoes, but you put these people on national television to say things. They don't know our family.

PHILLIPS: And that's why we have you...

JACKSON: We are a family and we will continue to be a family. That's my love right there. And we support him 1,000 percent. I have nothing else to say. Goodbye.

PHILLIPS: Jermaine, please stay with me. Jermaine, please stay with me. Jermaine, are you still with me?

OK. Well, as you can understand -- wow. A lot going through our minds right now.

Jermaine is probably watching right now there in his hotel room in Las Vegas, and we appreciate you coming on the air and talking with us. Obviously, a lot of emotions right now soaring through the minds and the hearts of the Jackson family. A very difficult time for this family. But Jermaine Jackson coming forward, expressing how he is frustrated with how this is being handled.

But we do have to lay out the facts right now. And that is, that his brother, Michael Jackson, has surrendered to the police. He is in the custody of Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department right now facing allegations of child molestation.

However, for the first time, we heard from a family member, Jermaine Jackson, Michael's brother, sticking by his brother, expressing the love among his family. That they are supporting him, and are there by his side. And coming forward believing -- Jermaine Jackson saying that his brother is innocent.

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