Furthermore, the conversation also explains how Brando asked Jackson a number of deeply personal questions such as topics of homosexually, the relationship with his father, and asked directly if he was a virgin.
The conversation between Brando and Jackson is said to have taken place in 1994, a time when ‘The King of Pop’ was under investigation for child molestation. In the transcript of the conversation, Brando, who died five years earlier than Jackson in 2004, discusses the difficult topics over dinner at Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch.
“I had asked him if he was a virgin and he just sort of laughed and giggled,” Brando said in a recorded interview with prosecutors. “With this mode of behavior that’s been going on, I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids,” Brando added.
“My impression was that he didn’t want to answer because he was frightened to answer me,” he concluded.
Brandon Ogborn, a producer of the podcast behind unearthing the interview, told the Los Angeles Times. “Brando is different from everyone else who figures into the Jackson investigations. He was a famous actor and rich beyond measure. Unlike other people who have ‘spoken out’ against Jackson, Brando didn’t want or need anything from the pop star, and he offers the DA insider information that never came to light.”
Jackson, who was twice investigated over allegations of child molestation, was not charged in 1994 before being acquitted of all counts in a hugely high-profile case in 2005. However, fresh allegations of abuse have emerged in the years that follow Jackson’s death.
In the Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson podcast, the show details some striking comments made by Brando who was not holding back in his questions put to Jackson. “I had asked him if he was a virgin and he sort of laughed and giggled, and he called me Brando. He said, ‘Oh, Brando.’ I said, ‘Well, what do you do for sex?’ And he was acting fussy and embarrassed,” Brando detailed.
“We were talking about human emotions and where it all comes from. I could see from the way he behaved… he speaks in a very peculiar way for a man who is as old as my oldest son, 35. And he didn’t want me to swear.”
He added: “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. I tried to help him all I could.”
The final Telephone Stories Podcast will be made available on Sunday 1 September.