connectVideoMichael Jackson estate calls ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary ‘character assassination’
Michael Jackson’s legacy is to call the ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary ‘murder’ after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival.
Diana Ross urged critics of Michael Jackson ” stop in the name of love.”
The former Supremes frontwoman tweeted Saturday: “This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A beautiful incredible strength to me and many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”
Jackson, who died in 2009, is the subject of much criticism and control after the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which detailed harrowing sexual abuse allegations against the King of Pop.
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Wade Robson and James Safechuck came to the fore in the documentary and claimed that Jackson cared for them as children, and their families, and acted as a fatherly figure to them for sexual abuse of each of them for years.
Robson was 7 and Safechuck 10 when she met the singer.
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When Jordan Chandler Jackson accused of sexual abuse in 1993, both Safechuck and Robson denied Jackson molested. Robson repeated his refusal in 2005 when Jackson was on trial for alleged sexual abuse of Gavin Arvizo — for which Jackson was acquitted.
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Robson stated last month that he just lived in fear for the singer’s wrath while Jackson was still alive, and say, “Michael is training me to testify, began the first night that he started to abuse me. He started telling me, ” If everyone thinks that we both go to jail.'”
Diana Ross and Michael Jackson
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“I wish I was ready for it was [the time]. I wish that I could have helped Gavin Arvizo received justice … for what happened to him.”
Jackson’s estate has severely and repeatedly denied all allegations of impropriety and illegal conduct against the “Thriller” – symbol indicates that he was never convicted of a crime. The estate is suing HBO over “Leaving Neverland,” and alleged that the documentary violated a non-disparagement contract Jackson had with the cable giant.
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Ross’ post came just a day after Barbra Streisand was struck for her own comment on the molestation claims that plagued Jackson for decades.
Streisand, in the first instance said in an interview of the child sexual abuse accusations against Jackson, “His sexual needs, his sexual needs, coming from what youth he has, or what DNA he has. You can say ‘hurt,’ but those children, if you heard about it [the adult Robson and Safechuck] say, they were happy to be there. They are both married and they have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
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She did note, however, that she “absolutely” believed his accusers.
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After a lot of resistance, the “Yentl” star walked back on her words, telling Variety in a statement, “crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of the children may be made use of by everyone. The stories of these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”