Michael Jackson's former brother-in-law has claimed that the singer used to abuse his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles.
Jack Gordon, the ex-husband of Michael's sister LaToya, makes the sensational accusations in a new book about the Jackson family.
Gordon, who is yet to find a publisher for the book, says that Jackson - who denies all the allegations - regularly abused his beloved ape and that he killed another monkey in a voodoo ritual.
He says: "I saw Michael punch bubbles, kick him in the stomach. Michael used to say, 'He doesn't feel it. He's a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him."
Elsewhere in the book, Gordon claims that Jackson paid Lisa Marie Presley $15 million to marry him - a claim made somewhat questionable by the fact that Presley inherited an estimated $150 million from her father.
He says: "Michael paid Lisa Marie $15 million to marry him, with the promise of a music career. He never delivered on that music career."
According to reports, Gordon also claims to have witnessed Jackson injecting himself to make his skin lighter. He says he saw the superstar inject "some sort of fluid" in 1985.
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