Michael Jackson’s friend defends him against allegations: ‘He just didn’t understand’
Mark Lester, an actor who was close to Michael Jackson for decades before the singer’s death in 2009, appeared on the U.K.’s “This Morning” show to defend Jackson from renewed allegations of sexual misconduct, arguing that his only real crime was his naivete.
“My family visited Neverland (Ranch) many times, spending Christmas with him, spending lots of time with him when he came to London.,” Lester said. “These awful allegations are just not the man I knew.
“With Michael, there was a general naivete and innocence about him that is hard to explain,” he said. “He just didn’t understand that, in today’s society, it is not really acceptable to behave in the manner that he did (spending time with children).”
In a more awkward stretch of the interview, host Eamonn Holmes asked Lester about his previous claims that he donated sperm to Jackson and that Jackson didn’t understand the process.
“You say that you were a sperm donor for Michael Jackson and you said that (Jackson asked you), ‘How do you do it?” What do you mean ‘how do you do it?'”
“I think again, extending his naivety, I think he knew how to do it,” Lester said. “I think he was going on the fact how I was so fertile and what was the secret, and I couldn’t answer that.”