Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, dismissed speculation that the Jackson family are distancing themselves from Michael.
Joe Jackson was responding to media reports that the absence of family members, during Michael's trial, was indicative of some form of family rift.
"This information is both false and mean-spirited,".
According to the family spokeswoman, Angel Howansky, the family decided that only Michael's parents Katherine and Joe would attend the trial.
She went on to say:
"Joe Jackson has been resting at home recovering from a recent bout of the flu, and is being very careful not to get his son Michael Jackson sick,".