Michael Jackson spoke of his admiration and love for Hitler “the showman”, newly discovered recordings have revealed.
Jackson, who died in June aged 50, recorded over 30 hours of conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach eight years ago.
He spoke of his belief that he could have rehabilitated Hitler and said: “Hitler was a genius orator. To make that many people turn and change and hate he had to be a showman and he was.”
Rabbi Boteach replies: "You believe that if you had an hour with Hitler you could somehow touch something inside of him?"
The singer replied: responded: "Absolutely. I know I could."
Rabbi Boteach has now made the recordings into a book The Michael Jackson Tapes.
He said of Jackson: “He yearned so deeply to do good with his life but was ultimately consumed by indescribable loneliness and pain.”
Amongst the recordings, Jackson also revealed his wish to date Princess Diana, and how he wanted to “hug” Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the killers of two-year-old James Bulger.