… In 2004, Trump publically defended Jackson ahead of his child molestation trial. “I’m going to stick up for him, because nobody else is,” Trump told Larry King. “But I don’t believe it.
“He lived in Trump Tower. I knew what was happening with Michael Jackson. You know what was happening? Absolutely nothing. I had many people that worked for me in the building, and believe me, they would tell me if anything was wrong.
“And if you look at the mother of this young man [Gavin Arvizo], she has had plenty of experience at going after people. And she goes after them viciously and violently, and I saw a story and I read another story about some of the things she’s done.
In February 2016, Trump was criticised by Jermaine Jackson after claiming Michael lost self-esteem due to “bad surgery”.
Trump said: “He lost tremendous confidence because of, honestly, bad-bad-bad surgery. He had the worst. He had people that did numbers on him that were just unbelievable. Believe it or not, when you lose your confidence in something, you can even lose your talent.“
But Trump also paid tribute to his friend. “He was an amazing guy, but beyond all else, he was the greatest entertainer I’ve ever known,” he said. “He had magic. He was a genius. He was also a really good person, and when you got to know him, you realized how smart he was. He was brilliant.
“Now, Michael wasn’t the same Michael for the last 10 years. He was not well. He had a lot of problems, a lot of difficulties. He was embarrassed by it. He was embarrassed by what was happening to him.
“But he’s not going to be remembered for the last 10 years; he’s going to be remembered for the first 35 years. Michael in his prime — there’s never been anybody like him.”