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Jermaine Jackson: Brother's arrest a 'modern-day lynching'

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(CNN) -- As pop musician Michael Jackson was being booked in the Santa Barbara County, California, Sheriff's Department on suspicion of child molestation, his brother Jermaine Jackson defended the international celebrity.

Jackson discussed the accusations with CNN anchor Kyra Phillips.

PHILLIPS: I want to ask you how are you feeling right now? I know you have been a big supporter of your brother. You have always come out publicly and supported him. What's going through your mind right now?

JACKSON: Well, first of all, I'd like to say the whole family supports Michael one hundred percent, one thousand percent.

Michael is innocent.

And just to let you know how I feel, I'm very disappointed in the system in which things were done. At the same time, Michael is in very strong spirits because he is innocent.

PHILLIPS: What has he told you?

JACKSON: We're tired of people -- I'm sick and [expletive] tired of people speaking on my brother's behalf and my family's behalf who do not know us.

So you put these people on national TV, on international TV, and they say these things, and the public is saying, 'Oh, wow, is he really like this?'

My brother is not eccentric.

We had an incredible, wonderful childhood.

And what they're doing is bringing him down with the very thing that he loved, his children and family.

My brother is about peace. They don't know us. But this will reveal itself.

But I'm sick and [expletive] tired about everybody saying these things about my family.

We will fight, and we will stand up. And everybody that knows this family around the world will support us. Because, at the end of the day, this is nothing but a modern-day lynching.

This is what they want to see, him in handcuffs.

You got it. But it won't be for long, I promise you.

PHILLIPS: Jermaine ...

JACKSON: I'm sick and tired.

PHILLIPS: And believe me, I ...

JACKSON: Sick and tired of this.

PHILLIPS: I have no idea what you are going through. I am definitely not in your shoes.

JACKSON: No, you don't know.

PHILLIPS: No, you're right. You are right.

JACKSON: You don't walk in my shoes or my family's shoes.

PHILLIPS: You are absolutely right.

JACKSON: You don't walk in our shoes, but you put these people on national television to say things. They don't know our family.

PHILLIPS: And that's why we have you ...

JACKSON: We are a family and we will continue to be a family. That's my love right there. And we support him one thousand percent.

I have nothing else to say.

Goodbye.


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