2003 - December: "60 Minutes" T.V. Interview With Ed Bradley PDF Print E-mail

 

On the 2003 allegations made against him:

“[The allegations are] totally false! Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists. I would never hurt a child It's totally false. I was outraged. I could never do something like that. […] I've helped many, many, many children, thousands of children, cancer kids, leukemia kids. This is one of many.”

On the purpose of creating then Neverland Ranch:

"[…] I wanted to have a place that I could create everything that I never had as a child. So, you see rides. You see animals. There's a movie theater. I was always on tour, traveling. You know? And I never got a chance to do those things. So, I compensated for the loss […]. I can't go into a park. I can't go to Disneyland, as myself. I can't go out and walk down the street. There's crowds, and bumper to bumper cars. And so, I create my world behind my gates. Everything that I love is behind those gates. We have elephants, and giraffes, and crocodiles, and every kind of tigers and lions. And we have bus loads of kids, who don't get to see those things. They come up sick children, and enjoy it. They enjoy it in a pure, loving, fun way. It's people with the dirty mind that think like that. I don't think that way. That's not me."

On negative rumors created by the media:

“[…] It's not… what… just cause… remember something: just because it's in print doesn't mean it's the gospel. People write negatives things, ‘cause they feel that's what sells. Good news to them, doesn't sell.”

On his accuser and his being cured of cancer:

“When I first saw him [the accuser], he was total (sic) bald-headed, white as snow from the chemotherapy, very bony, looked anorexic, no eyebrows, no eyelashes. And he was so weak, I would have to carry him from the house to the game room, or push him in a wheelchair, to try to give him a childhood, a life. ‘Cause I felt bad. Because I never had that chance, too, as a child. You know? That the… and so, I know what it… it felt like in that way. Not being sick, but not having had a childhood. So, my heart goes out to those children, I feel their pain. […] He had never really climbed a tree. So, I had this tree that I have at Neverland. I call it, "My Giving Tree." ‘Cause I like to write songs up there. I've written many songs up there. So, I said, "You have to climb a tree. That's part of boyhood. You just gotta do it." And… I helped him up. And once he went up — up the tree, we looked down on the branches. And it was so beautiful. It was magical. And he loved it. To give him a chance to have a life, you know? Because he was told he was going to die. They told him. They told his — his parents [to] prepare for his funeral, that's how bad it was. And I put him on a program. I've helped many children doing this. I put him on a mental program.”

On his feelings towards Neverland after it had been raided:

“I won't live [at Neverland] ever again [because of how they destroyed it]. I'll visit Neverland. It's a house now. It's not a home anymore. I'll only visit there. What time is it? ‘Cause I'm hurting. You know what? I'm ...I'm hurting. I have to go pretty soon anyway. Yeah.... Okay… I don't feel good…”

On the reasons behind the allegations:

Somewhere greed got in there, and somebody — I…I can't quite say… But it has to do with money. It's Michael Jackson. Look what we have here. We can get money out of this. That's exactly what happened. […] Because parents have power over children. They feel they have to do what their parents say. But the love of money is the root of all evil. […]”

On caring for and helping people and the deprived:

"I love to do things for children and I try to imitate Jesus. And no, I am not saying I am Jesus, I'm not saying that.... I'm trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children, to love children, to be as pure as children, and to make yourself as innocent and to see the world through eyes of wonderment and the whole magical quality of it all and I love that. And we'll have like a hundred bald headed children, they all have cancer, and they're all running around. And they are enjoying themselves and it makes me cry happy tears that I was able to do this for them, you know. (It) makes me so pleased inside. I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. He said "Continue to love. Always love. Remember children. Imitate the children." Not childish, but childlike."

On his pure love for children:

“People think sex. They're thinking sex. My mind doesn't run that way. When I see children, I see the face of God. That's why I love them so much. That's what I see. […] I am not going to do anything sexual to a child. It's not where my heart is. I would never do anything like that. That's not Michael Jackson. I'm sorry. That's someone else.”

On his message for his fans:

“I would tell [my fans] I love them very much. And I… they've learned about me, and know about me from a distance. But if you really want to know about me, there's a song I wrote, which is the most honest song I've ever written. It's the most autobiographical song I've ever written. It's called, "Childhood." They should listen to it. That's the one they really should listen to. And thank you for your support, the fans around the world. I love you with all my heart. I don't take any of it for granted. Any of it. And I love them dearly, all over the world.”