Jermaine Jackson has backtracked on his announcement that disgraced Chris Brown will perform at the upcoming tribute concert to his late brother MICHAEL - insisting he was merely inviting the troubled star to perform.
Jackson hit headlines all over the world on Tuesday (08Sep09) after he unveiled Brown as one of the acts scheduled to appear at the King of Pop's memorial gig in Vienna, Austria later this month (26Sep09) - telling the media: "We have Chris Brown."
Now he admits Brown is not on the bill - and might not even be allowed to travel out of the U.S. because of his conviction for assaulting Rihanna.
The singer hasn't performed in public since his vicious attack on the Umbrella hitmaker in February (09). He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to serve six months hard labour last month (Aug09).
Jackson told a press conference in Vienna: "We have Chris Brown. Michael was his idol and he (Brown) dedicated his first number one hit in the U.S. to Michael. Chris is a very, very talented artist."
Brown's representatives subsequently denied he is set to perform at the tribute - and now Jackson has been forced into a climbdown.
In a second press conference in London on Wednesday (09Sep09), he told journalists he was merely inviting Brown to sing at the gig - insisting he wasn't announcing headline acts. The 54 year old admits he would love to see Brown appear despite all of the controversy surrounding the singer, but he might not be allowed out of the U.S.
He says, "It's up to the judge if he gets let out of the country or not. I'm not worried at all. He wants to be here. It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now. He's asked for forgiveness. If Christ can forgive him, so can we. People make mistakes, but he's a wonderful performer."
Jackson went on to confirm soul singer Mary J. Blige will perform at the event, just hours after her spokesperson insisted she would not be available for the show.
Blige will be flown in for the second half of the concert due to her tight schedule.
The eagerly-anticipated tribute will be held at Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace on 26 September (09).