Friday 28 April 2017

Paris Jackson: I believe my dad was murdered

Paris Jackson gave a wide-ranging interview to Rolling Stone magazine (Invision/AP)
Paris Jackson gave a wide-ranging interview to Rolling Stone magazine (Invision/AP)

The daughter of Michael Jackson has said she believes her father was murdered and revealed she attempted suicide "multiple times" after his death.

Paris Jackson, 18, told Rolling Stone magazine she thought the pop superstar's death in 2009 was a "set up" and he would "drop hints" that people wanted to kill him.

In a wide-ranging interview, she also claimed she was sexually assaulted by a "complete stranger" when she was 14 and spoke about her battle with depression and drug addiction.

On her father's death, Paris said: "He would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at some point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day'.

'It's obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls***, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a set up. It was bulls***."

Jackson, 50, died in 2009 after taking a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

The singer's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

Paris - who was 11 when Jackson died - said that while she blamed Murray for her father's addiction to the drug propofol, she was playing a "chess game" as she sought justice over his death.

She also spoke about her "self-hatred" when she attempted suicide in 2013 and revealed she had tried to kill herself " multiple times".

"It was just once that it became public," she told Rolling Stone.

Paris said she "didn't tell anybody" about the alleged sexual assault on her and denied claims that Jackson was not her biological father.

She also revealed her father would cry in front of her after he was accused of child abuse.

"Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn't do, " she told the magazine.

"And for me, he was the only thing that mattered."

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