One of Michael Jackson's brothers, Jermaine Jackson, has put the boot into Michael's well crafted image and doubtless ensured that Michael will never to talk to him again.
Jermaine submitted a book proposal in 2003, working title "Legacy: Surviving The Best and Worst", the details of which have now reached the media.
In the proposal, Jermaine says that he watched Michael fall into vicious rages as a result of him being high on a mixture of prescription drugs and drink.
Jermaine also questions Michael's behaviour around his own nephews.
"Does he really know what he does with these kids? I don't want to tell you my brother's innocent. I am not certain that he is.
Michael couldn't survive one day in prison he would commit suicide. He has a thing for young children."
Jermaine states that the Jackson family has protected Michael's image, and that at the start of his career they thought that he was gay.
"But Michael, well, he wasn't interested. We used to quietly say that we couldn't have a gay brother."
Jermaine also notes that Michael cheats, lies and has changed the colour of his skin (I think everyone knew that).
Allegedly Michael's behaviour towards his own nephews left the Jackson family "shaken". Jermaine claims that he found Michael holding brother Tito's young sons in a disturbing manner in the mid-1990s, after their mother died.
According to Jermaine, Michael hates Jews; in Jackson's (if the proposal is to be believed) mind Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen stole the idea for Dreamworks studio, including the boy-on-the moon logo, from him.
In an unpleasant piece of anti semitism in the proposal, Jermaine says:
"The Jews are the powerful ones and they have done a lot to put my brother in his place ... just another n**ger."
The proposal, for good measure, then lists Michael's drugs of choice; Vicodin, Demerol, codeine and Percocet, cocaine, Jack Daniels and wine.
If the family really had worries about Michael's behaviour towards children, why did they not intervene to stop it worsening?