Victoria Gotti Admits Father Was a Killer, Insists Brother is Innocent

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NEW YORK (CBS) Victoria Gotti, daughter of late mob boss John Gotti, says it's time to set the record straight about "growing up Gotti." The daughter of the late Gambino "godfather" John Gotti says of her notorious father, "I loved the man... but I loathed the life, his lifestyle."

Watch: Gottis Break Their Silence on "48 Hours | Mystery"

Gotti went on to say, "How can anybody worship that life? How could anybody think there was any glory in that life?"

Her remarks to the CBS Newsmagazine "48 Hours Mystery" come as her brother, John "Junior" Gotti, stands trial for three murders and racketeering conspiracy. Three previous racketeering trials of Gotti, 45, ended with hung juries.

Gotti says she and her siblings are speaking out now to save their brother. "John's life is on the line… If I believed that John was guilty of these charges... I wouldn't rally to his side." She says her family has had "enough of the lies," and that "Every family had(sic) its breaking point. And we certainly have ours, too."

Gotti has two surviving brothers, John and Peter, and a sister, Angel.

Asked whether she accepts that her father directly or indirectly killed people, Gotti said, "When you choose that life, I think you know what you're signing up for… I think he knew going in what was expected of him."

Her father, Gambino crime boss John Gotti, was convicted of five murders. He died in prison of cancer in 2002.

Victoria Gotti's comments come as she prepares to release a new book, "This Family of Mine."

Watch: Gottis Break Their Silence on "48 Hours | Mystery"