Inside Michael Jackson's Odd World

Jackson said he never invites children to sleep in his room, but that if they say they want to, he tells them to check with their parents. When Macaulay Culkin and his brothers and sisters were younger, Jackson said, "we would just jam in the bed, you know?"

Jackson said he had been "shocked" by the allegations from a 13-year-old boy in 1993 that the singer had had a sexual relationship with him. He said he reached a financial settlement with the boy's family — reportedly for millions of dollars — because he did not want a drawn-out legal battle. The boy did not testify and prosecutors did not bring criminal charges against Jackson.

As Bashir questioned him further about the 1993 allegation, Jackson became visibly upset, and gave a tearful assessment of the condition many American children find themselves in. "People don't even eat with their fathers any more, or their mothers. The family bond has been broken. It's an outcry for attention [when] kids are going to school with guns. They want love, they want to be touched, they want to be held.... I'm just very sensitive to their pain."

He went on: "Like I said before and I'll say it a million times: I'm not afraid to say it. If there were no children on this Earth, if someone announced all kids were dead, I would jump off the balcony immediately. I'm done. I'm done."

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