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Nanny denies pumping Jackson’s stomach

By | Published on Thursday 2 July 2009

Back to all the reports on Jacko’s alleged prescription drug addictions, which may or may not have contributed to his death last week. And the nanny who cared for Michael Jackson’s three children, Grace Rwaramba, has denied claims that she regularly pumped the singer’s stomach after drug binges.

The Times published what it said was an exclusive interview with Rwaramba at the weekend, in which she was quoted as saying: “He always ate too little and mixed too much [medicine]. I had to pump his stomach many times… He always mixed so much of it. There was one period that it was so bad that I didn’t let the children see him”.

However, she denies giving the interview, and in a statement said: “I am shocked, hurt and deeply saddened by recent statements the press has attributed to me, in particular, the outrageous and patently false claim that I ‘routinely pumped his stomach after he had ingested a dangerous combination of drugs’. I don’t even know how to pump a stomach! In addition, I have never spoken to the Times Online, the original source of the story that has now been picked up worldwide. The statements attributed to me confirm the worst in human tendencies to sensationalise tragedy and smear reputations for profit”.

She added: “Michael Jackson was an exceptional human being. He was gifted, deeply compassionate and brought joy to the lives of so many. He loved his family dearly, and above all, his beautiful children. In addition to being my employer over the past 17 years and entrusting the care of his beloved children to me, he was my dear friend. While our friendship had challenges, as do all friendships, he was loyal to the end. I cherish and honour his memory. I convey my heartfelt and deepest condolences to Prince, Paris, Blanket and the entire Jackson family. The pain and sorrow I feel over the loss of Michael pales in comparison to what has been taken from them forever”.