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Michael Jackson Cried Talking to Brando About His Sex Life

At least according to an upcoming podcast
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2019 2:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Seems Marlon Brando once asked Michael Jackson about his sex life, and the pop star became surprisingly emotional. In Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson, host Brandon Ogborn reads from a transcript of Brando talking to prosecutors in 1994 about sex-abuse accusations against the pop icon. "It's quite meandering, pretty loosey-goosey—he [Brando] probably would be canceled if he was around now," Ogborn tells the LA Times, adding that Brando is "also a weirdo, like Michael Jackson. So he's to me a weirdo who understands another weirdo in a weird world." At the time, Brando was apparently teaching Jackson how to act in return for dance lessons. Among the Brando quotes read by Ogborn:

  • "We were talking about human emotions and where it all comes from. I could see from the way he behaved—he talked like that, and 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."

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  • "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."
  • "He said he hated his father and started to cry. So I pulled back. I started to tiptoe. 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. I tried to help him all I could."
  • Brando said he initially believed Jackson was gay but later thought it was "pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids."

Prosecutors later dropped their case after Jackson settled with an accuser's family for $23 million, per Esquire. (See what Dave Chappelle thinks of Michael Jackson's accusers.)

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