La Toya Jackson Takes Aim At Suggestion She Looted Michael’s Home After His Death: It’s A ‘Blatant Lie’
First Published: October 12, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- La Toya Jackson is calling foul on claims in Vanity Fair’s November 2012 issue suggesting she may have looted the home of her late brother, Michael Jackson, not long after his death.
“It’s [an] outright blatant lie and I don’t know why these people are doing their lie and making up such stories and fabrications,” La Toya told Access Hollywood at the launch of the Mr. Pink Ginseng drink in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, referencing Vanity Fair’s story by Randall Sullivan, which is actually an excerpt from his Michael Jackson biography, “Untouchable.”
In the excerpt, titled “Inside Story: The Family War for His Billions,” and published in the mag’s November 2012 issue (Daniel Craig is on the cover), Sullivan claims Katherine Jackson called Grace Rwaramba (former nanny to Michael’s children) after she arrived at the family home on the night Michael died. According to the excerpt, Rwaramba claimed Ms. Jackson asked her about cash hidden at the house and Rwaramba said that the pop star used to hide cash in black plastic garbage bags.
Sullivan also claimed that Talon Executive Services, a private security company, “described La Toya and her boyfriend loading black plastic garbage bags into duffel bags and placing them in the garage,” earlier in the day, adding “La Toya would insist that nearly all of Michael’s money was gone by the time she arrived at the Carolwood home.”
La Toya told Access on Thursday she is taking aim at the claims.
“I’m fighting back and I’m fighting back strong because our family is so lenient,” she said. “We let people say things and we don’t attack them. Well, this time I’m attacking. I’m fighting back.”
As for Vanity Fair, a rep for the mag told Access Hollywood that the mag has “no basis to reconsider what was written in the magazine’s excerpt of Randall Sullivan’s book.”
Calls placed to Sullivan on Friday by Access were not returned.
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