Mon, 07 Mar 2005


Dad: No troublemakers in the Jacksons

LINDLAR, Germany: Michael Jackson's father refused to comment Friday on the pop star's trial, but said there were "no troublemakers" in the Jackson family.

Joseph Jackson spoke to reporters after taking part in a seminar at a German management training institute on "memory training" and how to deal with troublemakers.

It wasn't immediately clear why Jackson was invited to speak on those topics.

"I don't have any troublemakers in the family," said Jackson -- the father of Michael, Janet, Jermaine, LaToya, Tito, Jackie, Marlon, Randy and Maureen Jackson.

Michael Jackson, 46, is on trial in Santa Maria, California, accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive after the program aired.

Asked how the star is doing after a brief hospitalization last month for treatment of flu symptoms, Joseph Jackson replied: "He's all right now."

"I was there in the hospital when he came down there, but he's OK now," he said. --AP