Marlon Brando granted Michael Jackson lifelong sanctuary on a tropical island, it emerged today.
The late movie legend transferred the use of half an acre of land on his private Pacific island to the embattled singer “in consideration of gratitude and affection”, according to deeds.
The generous move was made a year before he died, in June 2003, shortly after Martin Bashir’s controversial Jackson documentary aired and as pressure mounted on prosecutors to launch an investigation into alleged child molestation.
According to deeds obtained by the New York Daily News, Brando wrote to the pop star to thank him for hosting a birthday party for his daughter Nina, now 15.
“I can’t easily describe the pleasure that has come our way with your invitation to Neverland,” he wrote, signing the letter “Love, Dad”.
He informed Jackson he had granted him sanctuary on the island “for the rest of (his) natural life”.
Brando owned the island, in the French Polynesian atoll known as Tetiaroa, since 1966.
When his son, Miko Brando, worked briefly as a bodyguard for Jackson, the pair became good friends.
But Jackson may have a long wait before he takes advantage of the offer - Judge Rodney Melville ordered the singer to surrender his passport for the duration of his trial.