Author Frank Cascio has written a new book in which he reveals details of his long friendship with Michael Jackson.
Cascio met the King of Pop in 1984 Jackson when he was four-years-old, as the pop star became friendly with Cascio’s father, and recently said in an interview with The Huffington Post that they established a real friendship."
"We became a big family; Michael was a part of our family. Every Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday - we made a point to celebrate together."
Speaking on times in the past when he and his brother would sleep in MJ’s bedroom he maintains, “There was nothing sexual about it at all, from the outside looking in, I completely understand how people might think that's strange or weird or inappropriate. I can absolutely see that side of it, but it was a different situation. Michael was a different person.
"You can't compare Michael to anyone else in this world because he sincerely was a child at heart. He was truly a special individual. But I can tell you there was never anything inappropriate. He had no sexual attraction to children. Children were his inspiration.”
Revealing how the first round of child molestation charges affected the star, the author said: “That really, really hurt him because he was falsely accused of something he did not do. It really comes down to [Jordy Chandler's] family's manipulation and the father's jealousy. It was really sad. The whole world got a false impression of Michael.”
Cascio also took the opportunity to attack Dr Conrad Murray who was recently charged with the involuntary manslaughter of the star, “The fact that this man would even record him in that [medicated] state... It's just wrong. You just don't do that. You don't take advantage of someone when they're in that state of mind.”