March 25, 2019
La Toya Jackson reminisced her painful past as she celebrated her "freedom day" with a photo of her bruised eyes. She detailed the abuse she suffered in the hands of her former husband and how she controlled her every move.
In the midst of child sexual abuse allegations against her brother, Michael Jackson which stemmed from the documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” La Toya Jackson spoke up about her own abuse in the hands of her former husband.
“I was beaten, I was dictated to and told exactly what to say to the Media and how, or else .... I simply wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone, read or even watch-television .”
In an Instagram post revealing an old photo of her with a black eye, the fifth of ten Jackson siblings relived old wounds as she detailed her painful past. She began by speaking of freedom and how important it is because it was once taken away from her.
“Freedom is extremely important to me, simply because I thought there was a time that I wouldn’t exist, I wasn’t able to be myself and express myself,” she began.
“I was beaten, I was dictated to and told exactly what to say to the Media and how, or else.... I simply wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone, read or even watch-television.”
Though she didn’t name the person responsible for her abuse, many are aware she’s referring to her former husband and manager, Jack Gordon. They were married for seven years in the 90s and La Toya previously admitted that he controlled her “like a robot.” In a 2013 clip on her show, “Life with La Toya,” the 62-year-old revealed her husband who had died by then “was not a good guy.”
“I was brainwashed by him,” she said. “He dictated my career choices ... He made me say the things that he wanted me to say in my interviews.”
"My inexperience of not knowing how Manipulative, Conniving and Controlling people can enter one’s life is DEVASTATING."
These were also her sentiments today when she became nostalgic about that painful time. She recalled being kept from the outside world.
“I didn’t even know how to use a cell phone or computer because he didn’t want me to gain knowledge from the outside world. I wasn’t privy to it.”
But there’s a reason LaToya is bringing back these traumatic memories. Her intention is to prevent others to fall into the trap she fell into.
“I’m simply urging you to take control of your life and not allow anyone and I do mean ANYONE to control you.My inexperience of not knowing how Manipulative, Conniving and Controlling people can enter one’s life is DEVASTATING!I’m passing on my experience to you and I hope you get some Wisdom and Understaning out of this! And simply allow this NOT to happen to you! Always Love, Light, Kindness, Positivity & Stay Strong! I LOVE YOU ALL!”
LaToya’s family believed it was Gordon who was also responsible for the hurtful things she said against Michael in the past. She famously spoke out against her brother in1992 when child abuse allegations were first raised against him. A clip of that MTV interview recently resurfaced in light of the controversy surrounding the documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”
In the clip, La Toya accuses her brother of being a child predator and took pity on the children he victimized.
"I am a victim myself, and I know what it feels like, and these kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives. And I don't want to see any more innocent, small children being affected this way," she said.
“I love Michael dearly, but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don't have a life anymore, they don't…I love my brother, but it's wrong. I don't want to see these kids hurt.”
Years later, La Toya confessed she lied on that interview at the direction of her abusive husband. She told The Daily Beast in 2011,
"I never believed for a minute my brother was guilty of anything like that. When I spoke to Michael about it years later, he told me he knew it wasn't me saying those things ... He always knew it wasn't true."
While she cleared her brother from those past allegations, La Toya has yet to speak up about the current accusations of Wade Robson and James Safechuck. These two men are the main characters in the documentary who detailed their abuse in the hands of Jackson when they were young.
La Toya’s brothers slammed the documentary claiming it was is a work of fiction with a money-driven initiative. However, the singer has maintained her silence since the film’s release.