Michael Jackson's family reportedly 'at war' with each other as Janet Jackson remains silent over documentary

Michael Jackson's family reportedly 'at war' with each other as Janet Jackson remains silent over documentary

Michael Jackson's family are said to be "at war" following the release of controversial documentary Leaving Neverland.

While many of the singer's relatives have spoken out to defend him over allegations of sexual abuse, Janet Jackson has kept quiet - something that has angered the Jacksons.

A source close to the family allegedly told The Sun that they feel Janet, as the "most senior member of the family after Michael," could have done more to support him.

SANTA MARIA, CA - AUGUST 16: Defendant Michael Jackson with sisters LaToya Jackson (L) and Janet Jackson exit the Santa Maria courthouse for break during the evidentiary hearing in the Michael Jackson child molestation case August 16, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson who is not legally required to attend the evidentiary hearing, was on hand to hear his defense lawyers question Santa Barbara District attorney Tom Sneddon about what they claim was an illegal raid. Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville has set the jury trial date for January 31, 2005. (Photo by Ed Souza-Pool/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

"In the past week there have been discussions amongst the Jacksons about the documentary and how it will affect Michael's legacy," the source claimed. "Everyone wanted Janet to release a statement condemning the documentary because she is the most senior member of the family after Michael. They feel she could have done more to support him against the allegations."

They reportedly added that Janet feels her career has always been separate from her family, and that she'd like to keep it that way. However, the family feels her silence speaks volumes.

It's been reported that Jackson's music sales have taken a dip following the film's release, with hits from the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons also falling by four per cent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While Janet Jackson has yet to speak out, the Bad star's friend Aaron Carter is the latest in a line of people to passionately defend him.

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Janet Jackson and singer Michael Jackson attend the 35th Annual Grammy Awards on February 24, 1993 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Credit: Getty

Yesterday, the American pop star told TMZ that he believes the accusations to be false, and threatened to punch Wade Robson in the face after the choreographer alleged he'd been abused from the age of seven in the documentary.

"You're a grown man, and when Michael Jackson was alive, you are backing him, you are up his a**, you are kissing his a**, you are there to testify for him under oath, and then when he dies, you decide that's a good time to come out?" Cater asked. "No, what you're doing is, you're actually stomping on an icon and a legend's grave - you're stomping his grave."

He continued to insist that when he spent time with Jackson, nothing happened, saying: "Why not do it when he was alive? Why not do it when he was being accused of all of these molestation charges. Why not do it then and actually indict a perpetrator? I remember having the time of my life with Michael, I was about 15 years old.

"I hung out with Michael Jackson, I stayed at his house, I stayed in his bedroom... "It's hard for me to understand that - how am I supposed to understand that when my own personal experience with him was gentle and beautiful and loving and embracing."

The child star's angry interview came after a Twitter account claiming to belong to Robson tagged him in a post and strongly implied that Carter was either molested by MJ, or knew he was abusing other children.

The 36-year-old's lawyer claimed the Twitter account was a fake, and added that Robson had been targeted by "several fraudulent postings and hackings" since Leaving Neverland aired.