*Joe Jackson is in full damage control mode trying to clean up comments he made to a British tabloid on Sunday that seemed to accuse his wife, Katherine, of not doing enough to prevent their son Michael’s death.
“Katherine did not kill my son,” he told PopEater on Monday. “She isn’t at fault.”
The change of heart follows a News of the World article in which Papa Joe claimed Katherine failed to help Michael when he was at his frailest, “because she was afraid she was invading his privacy.”
He added that, after the King of Pop’s death, he admonished Katherine. “I said this would have never happened if you had went and been with him.”
The comments have spurred a flurry of responses from Katherine’s supporters.
“The world knows that Mrs. Jackson has always been a loving mother and grandmother, and that she and Michael had a very special relationship,” her lawyer, Adam Streisand, told TMZ, adding, “The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget.”
Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, tells TMZ, “The inference by Joe Jackson that Mrs. Jackson was in any way responsible for Michael’s death is preposterous. Katherine Jackson was a supportive and loving mother throughout Michael’s life. His love and respect for her is reflected in his estate plan.”
Joe, who was left out of Michael’s will, married Katherine in 1949 and both currently reside, along with Michael’s three children, at the family home in Encino.