Man Shot Alongside Nipsey Hussle Speaks on Being Sent Back to Jail After Deadly Incident: ‘Wrong Place at the Wrong Time’

Kerry Lathan was one of the other two men who was shot when Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in Los Angeles last month, and he recently spoke out. Lathan was shot in the back and is now confined to a wheelchair, but he was unable to recover at home.

Instead, the 56-year-old was sent to jail for parole violation, because he associated with Hussle, who often talked about being a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips.

One of the men shot alongside Nipsey Hussle has broken his silence. (Photo: Getty Images, Shareif Ziyadat)

Lathan was released from prison in September 2018 after serving 24 years on a 1994 murder conviction. Once out, he was willing to receive help from people in the community, and Hussle assisted by giving him clothing. Before that Lathan claims he didn’t know the rapper.

“Nipsey heard that I was home and filled up my little sister’s backseat of her car with clothing for me,” he told VladTV. “I was out seven months before this happened.”

But the shooting occurred on another day when Lathan and his nephew were going to console someone who had lost their father, and Lathan needed a new shirt to wear.

“‘You don’t have to keep wearing that shirt, Unc,’” he said his nephew told him. ‘You in the new world now, you not in prison. Matter of fact, there goes Nipsey in the lot right now. He’ll give you a fresh new white shirt.’”

But Lathan found out the shirt was out of stock, so he asked Nipsey when it would arrive, and that’s when the shooter, whom police have named as Eric Holder, opened fire.

“The gunman turned around the car and shot me, then shot Nipsey and then shot my nephew,” he explained. “I didn’t know what was going on; I fell on my stomach. All I could see was people’s feet. I couldn’t see nothing else.”

Then once at the hospital, parole officers showed up and took Lathan to
Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, where they told him that he violated parole for being with Hussle.

“I just did 25-years-to-life” said Lathan. “Y’all release me, then want to throw me back in jail for coming into contact with a gang member who’s really a voice and piece of the public? Which one is it? They have to make heads and tails of what’s going on.” 

While speaking to the HuffPost, Lauren Noriega, an attorney who’s representing Lathan, said her client is “a potential parole violation simply for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.” She also suggested Lathan didn’t know about Hussle’s gang affiliation.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Lathan is facing a potential parole violation because his arrest was made without complete knowledge of the underlying facts,” she stated. “We are zealously pushing for a prompt parole hearing in order to demonstrate that this arrest is not proper.”

A GoFundMe Page has been set up for Kerry to assist with legal fees and medical bills. The page lists a goal of $55,000, and as of Thursday, April 18, a little over $17,000 has been reached.


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Soccer Players Launch Social Media Boycott Over ‘Disgusting’ Racial Abuse

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms.

Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday.

“Football has a problem with racism,” England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said. “I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career.”

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Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, Rose said he couldn’t wait for his career to end to escape racism in football.

“Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse,” Rose said.

Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

“Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income,” Smalling said.

“I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.”

Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club’s Champions League exit at Barcelona.

Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton.

“My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch,” Deeney said. “Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it.

“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.”

The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words “Enough. Make a stand against racism.”

“While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. “I’ve heard it in the stands and I’ve seen it online. We all have. That’s why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game.”

Twitter said earlier this week that it uses “proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content” but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action.

“Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won’t stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough,” Arsenal and England women’s team forward Danielle Carter said. “We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions.”


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Louisiana Churches Burned in Arson Attacks See Spike in Donations, Raise $1.8M After Notre Dame Fire

As millions of dollars pour in to help rebuild the fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, folks here in the U.S. have been inspired to donate to the rehabilitation of three historically Black churches in Louisiana destroyed in recent arson attacks.

The churches — Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, and St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre — were intentionally burned in a 10-day span, leaving worshipers in rural St. Landry Parish devastated and wondering how they would ever rebuild.

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Intentionally set fires destroyed St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4. (Image courtesy of GoFundMe)

Pastor Freddie Jack, president of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, told Louisiana TV station KTLA 10 last week that all three churches had insurance.

On Tuesday, the GoFundMe campaign the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association launched last week, presumably to cover any shortfalls in rebuilding funds, had collected over $150,000 of its original $1.8 million goal, according to CNN. By Wednesday, the crowdfund skyrocketed to well over $1.8 million, and has continued to grow since.

“It’s a blessing,” the Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, told CNN of the spike in donations. “It’s going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God’s going to turn it into something good.”

The boost came after journalist Yashar Ali called on celebrities, supporters, politicians and thousands of others donate to the three Black churches in the wake of the Notre Dame fire. Billions of dollars have already been pledged to help rebuild the historic Parisian cathedral, but Ali made sure the churches here at home weren’t forgotten.

“The rebuild of Notre Dame will be well funded,” Ali tweeted to his 397,000 followers. “In the past month, three historically black churches in Louisiana were destroyed by a racist arsonist. [The suspect] has been charged with hate crimes, but these churches need your help. Please join me in donating.”

The tweet, which included a link to the GoFundMe page, has been shared nearly 64,000 times since Tuesday, inspiring folks across the country to give.

Retired New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was also among those who pledged to help rebuild the churches and used his platform to encourage others to do the same. In the wake of the fires, the former pro-footballer reached out to the three pastors to see how he could be of help.

“Through sadness and shock they spoke of forgiveness for the arsonist and grace for tomorrow,” Watson told The Advocate of his meeting with the pastors. “Most importantly, they spoke of being overwhelmed by support from people of goodwill and all religions from around the country. And they were humbled by what God has already done through this series of events.”

The donations, which reached $1,947,649 as of Thursday, will be equally split among the three churches. The GoFundMe is also working with local and government leaders to ensure the funds are properly distributed, according to CNN.

The suspect accused in the fires, Holden Matthews, 21, has been charged with hate crimes, along with three counts of simple arson.


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Remy Ma Allegedly ‘Blacks Out’ Brittney Taylor’s Eye After Supposed Altercation

Whoa! Did Remy Ma give her “Love and Hip Hop: New York” cast mate Brittney Taylor a black eye?

It seems there’s some unknown serious beef brewing between the “Hands Down” rapper and Taylor, who claimed she was physically assaulted by Remy this week.

The “Pop Suttin” rap-tress took to Instagram on Wednesday with a short clip of herself with her right eye swollen and bruised. Although, Taylor didn’t say anything in the video, she did, however, tag Remy Ma in her caption, blaming the mother of two for her injury.

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Remy Ma (left) seemingly is behind the new shiner Brittney Taylor (right) is sporting in a a video she recently posted. (Photos: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images, @brittneyftaylor/Instagram)

“So, here am I on my way to a very important meeting and it’s hard to even focus because of what occurred last night,” Taylor wrote. “I didn’t wanna bring it to social media because Its pretty embarrassing and not a good look tbh. … My Question is @remyma why did you really do this?” She added the hashtags, “#WHATHAPPENEDTOWOMANEMPOWERMENT” and “#BlackLove.”

Remy Ma reportedly performed at the third annual Pretty Lou Birthday Charity Concert in New York on Tuesday, April 16, with former “Terror Squad” group mate Fat Joe. However, it’s said that Taylor, who also attended the fight-against-cancer event, allegedly crossed paths with Remy, who supposedly gave her a two-piece and a biscuit.

The “Conceded” rapper, who served eight years in prison in 2008 for reportedly shooting an ex-friend over money, has yet to respond or address Taylor’s allegations, posting only her newly released “Remy Ma” clothing collection on social media Thursday morning.

Although Remy hasn’t said anything about the alleged fight, fans sure had a lot to say.

🗣 You was probably running your mouth like always, sis you lucky you ain’t get shot!”

“How y’all talking about snitching ? Remy know better she should know the consequences… who wants to get punch in the face an not say anything like wtf. I feel bad for Bri!”

“Put some witch hazel on that shit n shut yo ass up! Shoulda took that L in private 😂💪🏾!”

“Nah this bitch been talking shit 😂😂 keep that same energy girl don’t try and play victim now.”

“Dang Bri, remy should’ve known better! She going back to the pin, Brittney get her a–!”

For those who remember, Taylor had a few insults to say about Remy following the “LHHNY” Reunion taping for season 8 after the 38-year-old seemed to urge Taylor to stop trying to be about that street life. Taylor later responded on an Instagram Live video, referring to Remy as “that bum.”


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Rapper Kodak Black Arrested at Border in Upstate New York

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say rapper Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as he tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls.

Police say Bill Kapri, whose stage name is Kodak Black, was among three people spotted Wednesday in the Cadillac Escalade. Black, who was driving, was found with marijuana, and officers discovered a Glock 9mm pistol in the vehicle.

The 21-year-old rapper was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The news of his arrest comes after he reportedly failed to show up to his show in Boston. His tour bus, however, was there as well as people from his team.

His failure to arrive for his concert had many people reporting that Black had gone missing and his team even said they couldn’t reach the rapper or anyone with him. Concertgoers quickly became angry with the “Zeze” artist after the show ended up being cancelled last minute.

Black was remanded to county jail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney, but he is being held on a $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bond.

Prior to his arrest, the “No Flockin” rapper made headlines recently after dropping a diss record against T.I. in response to the rapper/actor’s own diss record.

Their beef stems from an ongoing back and forth on social media after T.I. called Black out for his comments about Lauren London and the passing of her late boyfriend rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle.

“She finna be out here single,” said Black. “She finna be a whole widow out here. I’ll be the best man I could be for her. I’ll give her a whole year, she might need a whole year to be crying and sh-t for dude … I ain’t trying to shoot at her. I’m saying she can do two, three years. I’ll try to be like a friend to holla, a shoulder to lean on. You can call my line.”

Black also faces a charge in South Carolina of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct for allegedly raping a woman after a 2016 concert.


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‘Donna Is the Root’: ‘Black Ink Crew’ Star Alex Blames His Girlfriend Donna for Never Being Able to Tattoo Again

It seems there may be trouble in paradise between “Black Ink Crew” couple Alex Robinson and his girlfriend Donna Lombardi.

Robinson has seemingly been on the verge of a breakdown since doctors told him a few episodes ago that he’d no longer be able to tattoo due to a back injury he suffered from last season. After “Black Ink” owner Ceaser Emanuel and his cousin Teddy Ruks doubled-teamed him last year in an explosive fight, the tattoo artist apparently began experiencing back pains. Well, fast-forward to the season premiere and medical officials told the tattoo artist that he’d suffered from tissue damage in his back after performing a CAT Scan on him.

If that wasn’t already bad enough, doctors also told Robinson that his tattoo career was over due to his back injury. Not only did the news devastate him, the entire situation apparently took a toll on him physically and emotionally. Not only was he physically impaired from doing certain things like picking up his toddler son or sitting down in a chair bent over, he was also left unable to financially provide for himself, his son and girlfriend Lombardi.

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Donna Lombardi and Alex Robinson. (Photos: @vh1 @blackincrew screenshots)

During a clip from April 10’s episode, Lombardi tried planning a cute romantic date for her and her beau, which turned out to be a complete disaster. She surprised Robinson with a trip to a pottery class which consisted of small chairs and tables. The tattoo artist instantly became frustrated because he was unable to physically sit down in the chair due to his injured back. Lombardi makes things worse when she jokingly asked the store clerk for a high-chair for him.

Robinson stormed out of the building, berating her by saying she should’ve thought the date through.

“Do you not understand I can’t tattoo now because I can not sit down for too long,” he said to Lombardi. “You didn’t think it through it all!”

He then began going off Lombardi for her apparent role in his downfall, blaming her for everything that’s happened to him.

“I should’ve thought through coming to Black Ink, I should’ve thought through going to the wedding, I knew it was gon’ be beef between me and Ceas. Everything was not thought through and I’m the one who gotta deal with the repercussions. … I shouldn’t never came to Black Ink and my back would be fine all the way 150 percent.”

When Lombardi asked if Robinson was blaming her for his situation, he simply replied, “Yes, I’m blaming you!”

“Black Ink” viewers watching the explosive scene agreed with Robinson, saying that Lombardi was the root of all of his problems.

“It’s all her fault 🤷. Her damn mouth and it wouldn’t have jumped off. Cease kept telling her grimmis shape ass to shut up b4 I get yo dude. It’s all on her!”

“Yesssssss it’s her mouth that got his ass kicked! They couldn’t beat her ass cause she is female so they beat the f–k out of Alex smh. She’s to blame!”

“Donna is the root of it all when you look at the beginning of it all! Ces and ted had no right jumping alex over donnas stupid actions but none if this would have happened if donna would have been an adult and leave the situation alone 😔🤦🏽‍!”

“Donna starts mad s–t and never thinks things through she got alex into this mess.”


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K. Michelle Flaunts Her Curves on a ‘Pole’: ‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Seeing’

Singer K. Michelle has fans hot and bothered after her latest thirst-trapping photos.

The “Judge Me” artist showed off her curvaceous figure on social media earlier this week with a photo of herself “dropping it low” in a skimpy bodysuit. The all-white, form-fitting garment showed off many of her physical assets, including her thighs, hips and cleavage.

K. Michelle seemingly kept it classy by only posing for the camera from the front, seemingly refusing to show her bare derriere to the world. She did however pose squatted down, gripping an apparent beach umbrella pole. She wrote in her Instagram caption on Monday, “Summertime fine🌻,” adding in another caption, “Oh, nothing much, just been lovin’ me properly recently 🌻.”

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K. Michelle. (Photo: @kmichellemusic/Instagram)

Fans gawked over K. Michelle’s post, while pointing out the apparent rip in her bodysuit.

“K. Michelle wow you something else 🤦🏾‍♂️♥😘 I’m zooming alot I can’t believe what I’m seeing Fat Mama!”

“Damn don’t hurt nobody you look good! Pop, lock and drop it❤!”

“Looking good lady summer ready 🔥🔥😜 Damn ! So u let the cat out to play ha? 😂.”

“More like everyday fine! My eyes thank you! Blessings 👑.”

Although K. Michelle has been showing out for the ‘Gram lately, she wasn’t always so confident about her appearance. As a matter of fact, she’s been extremely vocal about her past struggles with low-self esteem.

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K. Michelle. ((Photo: @kmichellemusic/Instagram)

During a 2017 interview with “The Real” she explained that she underwent cosmetic surgery because she thought it would help her feel better about her appearance.

“I thought, I want to take it to the extreme. I’m having trouble with men right now, maybe if I had a huge butt I’ll get even bigger love,” the mother of one said. “I picked on everything on my body; teeth, waist, breasts, bottom, but I still was looking at this hurt person.”

The 35-year-old eventually removed the silicone injections from her butt after suffering from health complications. She told fans in a May Instagram post that she feels better than ever.


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Some Polls Show Parents’ Growing Fears of Dangers at School

The deadly attack at Columbine High School in 1999 seemed to usher in a new era of school shootings.

Two decades later, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school. Those fears have only intensified since attacks at an elementary school in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, and last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, some research suggests that gun violence is a near-daily experience at schools. Other studies indicate that deaths from school violence have actually declined since 1991. Answers to some key questions about school attacks over the last several decades:

FILE – In this May 1, 1999, file photo, demonstrators gather on the Colorado State Capitol grounds in Denver, Colo., to protest against the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, which is being held in the city. Data shows that such shootings are less frequent and with fewer killed than in the years that preceded Columbine. Still, Americans worry about how safe schools are. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WHAT ARE AMERICANS’ PERCEPTIONS OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS?

A March survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a majority of Americans believe schools and colleges, along with places of worship, have become less safe compared with 20 years ago.

Wide shares of Americans also believe parents, the internet and news coverage of similar attacks are at least partly to blame for school shootings.

About 2 in 10 parents are not at all confident or not very confident in their child’s safety while at school. About a third of parents are very confident or extremely confident, according to the poll. But fewer Americans put blame for shootings on schools themselves.

WHAT DO THE DATA SHOW?

According to data compiled by Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, who has been researching gun violence for decades, school shootings were more frequent in the 1990s than today. From 1991 until the Columbine shooting, an average of 19 fatal school shootings happened each year, with about 22 people killed.

In contrast, over the past eight years, an average of about six fatal school shootings happened each year, with about 14 killed.

“First of all, schools are safe, and if you consider the over 50 million schoolchildren and the over 100,000 schools that we have, the risk of a student or a faculty member being killed by gunfire, it’s extremely low,” Fox told AP. “The one-homicide-is-too-many mantra is quite true. Yet when you do the calculations, the probability is very small.”

Other data, such as that compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety, captures a broader spectrum of gun-related violence, including non-fatal shootings and drive-by shootings in which the perpetrators do not have a direct connection to the school. That research paints a different picture that suggests gun violence — from random gunfire to suicides — is a frequent occurrence.

Everytown, which began tracking school shootings after Newtown, notes that attacks such as those at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are not commonplace and represent less than 1 percent of the school gun-violence incidents.

WHAT DRIVES THE PERCEPTION THAT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ARE ON THE RISE?

Fox chalks much of it up to the attention such crimes receive in the news. A generation ago, there were many fewer cable TV news channels and websites covering the events 24 hours a day.

One school shooting he cites happened in 1989, when a gunman killed five elementary school students and wounded 32. The shooting in Stockton, California, is barely remembered.

Columbine was among the mass shootings in recent decades that sparked the “No Notoriety” movement, an appeal by both gun-control and gun-rights activists to avoid repeated reporting of the names and biographic details of gunmen. They hope denying attention to the attackers prevents inspiring a new crop of future shooters.

HOW HAVE SHOOTINGS EVOLVED?

The early 1990s were plagued by a high homicide rate overall around the country, and that’s reflected in school shootings. Many of the attacks in that decade were gang-related. Gang warfare spilled out from the streets into the halls of the schools, but those shootings “were not the type of events that got a lot of attention, except for locally,” Fox said.

In more recent years, most school shootings are either related to perceived bullying or to reasons that cannot be definitively explained.

The Columbine shooters still retain influence. Peter Langman, an expert on the psychology of school shooters, has found more than 30 other rampage attacks, from California to Germany, have been inspired in some manner by Columbine.


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50 Cent Pokes Fun at Ja Rule Owing $2 Million in Back Taxes, While Others Bring Up the Fyre Festival

There’s a few things in life you can definitely count on: The IRS coming to collect their dough each April, and 50 Cent dissing Ja Rule in some sort of way.

His latest dig at the Murder Inc. artist came after news surfaced that he has a massive tax debt.

Because according to reports, the IRS slapped a lien on Rule for $443,442 in back taxes from the money he made in March 2016. Then on March 4 the IRS updated a separate tax lien from funds he owed from 2005 through 2008. Rule’s wife Aisha is also listed on both liens.

This isn’t the first time the gruff voiced rapper has been in trouble with Uncle Sam. In 2011 he was sentenced to 28 months in prison for tax evasion, and at the time he admitted to not filing his taxes for five years. That particular sentence ran concurrently with an illegal gun charge that Rule pleaded guilty to in 2010.

Of course, 50 decided to poke fun at Rule’s tax problems since they’ve been beefing since the early aughts.

“Lol. Come on,” he wrote on Tuesday next to a news clip of Rule owing the money. “I know he not that bright but damn.”

After the post, 50’s followers gave him a helping hand at taunting Rule and making light of his tax situation.

Many also brought up the infamous Fyre Festival that Rule helped organize with Billy McFarland, who’s now serving six years in federal prison for bilking people out of $27 million with various scams.

Of course, the Fyre Festival turned out to be an epic failure, once people arrived to not enough food, power or accommodations.

“First fyre festival and now this?” someone wrote about Rule’s tax issue.

“Where’s all the FYRE money?” another person asked.

“How about you pay it for him instead of trying to bring him down help a n—- up 💯,” a third person suggested to 50.


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Michael Jackson Estate Hits Back at ‘Leaving Neverland’

BOSTON (AP) — The co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate said Tuesday that he’s confident the late superstar’s supporters will be able to protect his legacy in the wake of an HBO documentary featuring the disturbing stories of two men who say Jackson sexually abused them as boys.

Longtime entertainment attorney John Branca called the documentary a one-sided “made-for-TV-movie” and accused the film’s subjects of being motivated by money. Branca acknowledged that Jackson’s estate has faced “challenges” since the documentary’s release, but said he doesn’t believe there will be a long-term impact.

“People love Michael. They love Michael’s music for sure. And if the investigation is effective, which I think it will be, in showing that there is severe doubt about what may or may not have happened, we will be back to people feeling ‘It’s OK to say I like Michael,’” Branca said on a panel hosted by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

It’s the latest attack by Jackson’s estate against “Leaving Neverland,” featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate has slammed filmmakers for not interviewing any of Jackson’s family members or other defenders, who insist the singer never molested a child.

In this Dec. 17, 2004, file photo, pop star Michael Jackson gestures after greeting several hundred children who were invited guests at his Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

The film’s director, Dan Reed, has repeatedly defended the film. Robson and Safechucks’s accusations are not new, but have put Jackson’s legacy under fresh scrutiny amid the #MeToo movement.

A lawyer for the men said Tuesday that Branca and lawyers for Jackson’s estate are seeking to discredit the singer’s accusers out of their own financial interest.

“Their recent comments are just part and parcel of the same thing they’ve been doing for years, which is protect the estate so they can continue to profit off of it,” attorney Vince Finaldi said.

The men first came forward with their stories years earlier in lawsuits. Both of them had previously denied the singer sexually abused them, but said having their own children and Jackson’s 2009 death forced them to face the truth. Their lawsuits were dismissed for technical reasons and their appeals are expected to be argued this summer.

Jackson, who was cleared in 2005 of charges that he molested another boy, acknowledged that he befriended numerous children, including some he invited into his bed, but denied molesting any.


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