Janet Jackson Wants To See ‘Justice’ Over Michael’s Death
First Published: February 11, 2011 3:01 PM EST Credit: The Today Show
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Janet Jackson appeared on the “Today” show on Friday for a new interview where she opened up about the death of brother Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial and finally being able to watch “This Is It.”
The singer/actress/author, who just penned a self-help book, “True You,” spoke candidly about the ongoing involuntary manslaughter trial of Murray.
“Do you still feel as strongly about his culpability now as you did then?” Meredith Vieira asked, referencing her 2009 comments where she told ABC’s Robin Roberts that she believes Murray was responsible for her brother’s death.
“Mmm-hmm,” Janet told Meredith. “And that’s all I’m going to say. I do. I really do.”
The Jackson family has attended all of the pretrial hearings in the Murray case, something that has been difficult, but remains important to Janet and the musical clan.
“That’s tough, though, sitting in the courtroom,” she explained. “It’s my brother, it’s my blood. He’s no longer here because of…X, Y and Z. I think it’s important to every family who’s lost someone. You know, you want to see justice.”
In “True You,” Janet wrote that she was unable to watch “This Is It,” but has since viewed the documentary that gave Michael’s fans a look into the late singer’s final days.
“I finally was able to… I was in Paris and I just spent the night just watching all his videos, listening to his music,” Janet said. “There were moments when I [cried,] moments that make me laugh. It was good for me.”
Janet said the weight of her brother’s June 2009 death still weighs heavily on her head and heart.
“There’s still not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” she told Meredith. “Not one day. Not one day.”
The singer said her last exchange with Michael was one filed with love.
“The last thing we said to one another, I said ‘I love you,’ he said, ‘I love you too, Dunk,” Janet said, adding, “My nickname. Dunk. Dunky fried chicken. It makes no sense. Michael was always silly like that.”
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