Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine says family plotted his escape if he was found guilty of child abuse
The singer did not know about 'Plan B' but Jermaine is pretty sure he would have agreed to the plan in a 'heartbeat' in order to avoid jail
Michael Jackson's family revealed they had made a secret plan for the King of Pop to flee the country if he was ever convicted of child abuse in 2005 because he "wouldn't survive prison". Jermaine Jackson, his brother, revealed the plan in 2011, to have a private jet waiting for him to immediately fly his brother out of the country and into Bahrain if the court case went the wrong way.
The singer did not know about the "Plan B" but Jermaine is pretty sure he would have agreed to the plan in a "heartbeat" in order to avoid jail. Bahrain has a no extradition treaty with the U.S. which means the country has no obligation to surrender an alleged criminal.
According to The Sun, Jermaine told The Times Magazine in an interview: "If they were going to sit and crucify my brother for something that he didn't do, America deserves us not to come back here. At the end of the day, this is supposed to be the land of the brave, home of the free, democracy, freedom of speech. The way they were treating him, none of that existed. Why should he go to jail for something he didn't do?"
The family's secret plot was to sneak Michael away from his Neverland estate when the defense suggested the verdict would go against him. They kept a private jet ready to fly him to the Middle East, and the family was even ready to go with him.
In a book that was published, 'You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother's Eyes', Jermaine said his entire family was willing to give up their American citizenship in order to move to Bahrain with Michael. The singer went to Bahrain anyway just a few months after he was acquitted of all the charges. He moved to London for some time and then returned to the U.S. He died on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of prescription painkillers.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) reported previously Michael's daughter Paris Jackson went to rehab after a four-hour film called 'Leaving Neverland,' which focuses on the sexual abuse allegations made against him by two of his alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, aired at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier in January.
A spokesperson for the Jackson family slammed the most recent allegations made against him saying: "Leaving Neverland isn't a documentary. It is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death. The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact. These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by the two admitted liars which were ultimately dismissed by a judge."
The documentary is set to air on Channel 4 later this year and will show, in shocking detail, the alleged abuse suffered by 36-year-old Robson and 40-year-old Safechuck. Before he died in 2009, Jackson always maintained he was innocent and repeatedly told the whole world he never did anything wrong. The superstar was acquitted of child molestation in June 2005, with the two alleged victims making failed legal bids to sue him and his estate.