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Jackson 'has anti-Semitic streak'
Michael Jackson
Jackson is currently being sued by a former business advisor
A Jewish group has accused pop singer Michael Jackson of anti-Semitism based on remarks he allegedly made in 2003.

Earlier this week the US TV show Good Morning America aired what it claimed to be an answerphone message in which Jackson referred to Jews as "leeches".

In response, the Anti-Defamation League called on the star to apologise for his "hurtful and hateful words", claiming he had "an anti-Semitic streak".

Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone Bain said the singer had no comment.

The message was among around a dozen released by attorney Howard King, who is representing Jackson's former advisor Dieter Wiesner in a legal action against the singer.

Mr Wiesner is suing the pop star for $64m (37m), alleging breach of contract and fraud.


In the message broadcast on Tuesday, the following remarks were attributed to Jackson: "They suck... they're like leeches... It's a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."

"It seems every time he has a problem in his life he blames it on Jews," said Abraham H Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director.

Abraham H Foxman
Abraham H Foxman called the alleged comments "hateful"
"It is sad that Jackson is infected with classically stereotypical ideas of Jews as all-powerful, money-grubbing and manipulative."

In 1995 Jewish groups reacted angrily to Jackson's song They Don't Care About Us, which included the lyrics: "Jew me, sue me, everybody do me."

The singer apologised, saying he had intended to demonstrate the hatefulness of racism. He subsequently changed the offending lyrics.

"We had hoped that Jackson would have learned from his mistakes," continued Mr Foxman.

"It is clear now that he never was able to completely remove the bigotry from his own heart."

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