Margaret Maldonado reveals in her book, “Jackson Family Values,” that Jackie had become the first of the Jackson brothers to get a divorce. His wife, Enid had caught Jackie having an affair with Paula Abdul (American Idol). According to Maldonado, “caught” probably isn’t the right word. Jackie did little to keep it a secret during its long run. The affair came to a climax one evening in 1984, when Jackie had taken Paula to the movies at the Sepulveda Drive-In Theater. Marlon’s wife, Carol, found out about it and told Enid.
Enid drove to the theater and located Jackie and Paula. She yanked Paula out of the Range Rover by her hair and dragged her across the theater lot while Jackie tried to pull his wife away. Jackie was still trying to help Paula when Enid got into her car and put it in reverse and ran into Jackie’s leg.
The broken leg kept Jackie from performing on the Victory Tour. Three years later, the couple divorced. Shortly afterwards, Enid had Jackie arrested for violating the terms of the divorce. He came to the house and tried to use the recording studio he’d built. When Enid turned him away, he broke the French door leading into the kitchen. Right after the glass hit the floor he was in police custody.
Meanwhile, Maldonado (the author) who was dating Jermaine, says, after Hazel threw Jermaine out, he moved in with me and our son, Jeremy. When he arrived, he said, “I only have $300 dollars to my name.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Like all of his brothers, he made $5 million from the Victory tour in 1984, drove around in a Ferrari and had a huge estate in Brentwood. How could he possibly be broke? I was shocked by what he said but told him not to worry; we would manage somehow.