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I have been left devastated
As abuse trial nears end, Jackson's dad tells his story
BY ADAM NICHOLS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
As the Michael Jackson trial draws to a close, the superstar's father tells for the first time how the accusations have devastated his family.
In an emotional and sometimes moving interview, Joe Jackson revealed the Prince of Pop has stopped eating and barely sleeps.
And the notoriously insensitive dad said he was relieved he couldn't cry as he watched the trial's effect on his son.
"It's the worst experience I've ever had," he told international journalist Daphne Barak.
"I look around and everybody else is crying. I'm wide-eyed and wondering, 'How come I can't cry?'
"If I started crying, I would probably never stop."
The Gloved One has been left physically wasted by accusations that he molested a 13-year-old boy in 2003, gave him wine and conspired to hold his family captive, said his dad.
"[If] you've got a problem like he has, it bothers you when you get ready to eat," he said. "He probably doesn't eat enough and doesn't get enough sleep.
"I'm trying to tell him to stay strong and eat so he can get through this, yet he has lost a lot of weight. Even his fans are saying, 'Michael should eat.' They want him to eat. I want him to eat, too.