Taj Jackson suggests that he knows the difference between a survivor and a liar.
"What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. #Money," Taj, one of Tito Jackson's three sons, tweeted today in response to dancer-choreographer Wade Robson's recent accusations that Michael Jackson molested him when he was a child.
On Today Thursday, Robson—who filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate May 1—called the late pop icon a "pedophile" and said that he and the late pop icon performed "sexual acts" on each other at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
"I will not sit back and let someone flat out lie about my uncle. PERIOD," Taj also wrote on Twitter.
"I am writing these words knowing that the minute I press send, my life will never be the same afterwards...I was sexually [abused]. By an uncle on my mom's side of the family when I was a kid," the 3T singer tweeted. "My uncle was a support system for me and my mom. He wrote a letter to her that many have seen already, u just didn't know what it was about."
He continued: "Don't forget I was living at Neverland when Wade testified during my uncle's case. I sat there and ate dinner with him and his family."
Robson testified during Jackson's 2005 trial on child-molestation charges that the singer did not act inappropriately toward him. A former housekeeper of Jackson's, however, said on the stand that she had seen Jackson taking a shower with Robson when the future So You Think You Can Dance regular would have been around 11 years old.
Jackson was ultimately acquitted on all charges.
"I will not let them smear my Uncle's legacy. #Followthetrail," Taj tweeted. "I don't want to go on TV. I don't want publicity, I just want the truth...I always told my uncle Michael that I would take a bullet for him. I mean it today just as much as I meant it back then. I hate that Wade made me do this, this way. But since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself. I will. Make no mistake. Since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself. I WILL. Even if that means friendships. Thank you everyone for the support."
He concluded: "Those who seek only fame & $ will do or say anything they can to get it. Those who seek or fight for the truth should be equally determined."