The family of Michael Jackson is battling back against the new four-hour documentary, titled Leaving Neverland, which details the claims of James Safechuck and Wade Robson who go on record describing their years of alleged sexual abuse by Jackson when they were children. The documentary, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, airs this spring on HBO.
The “Jackson Family” — with no specific names listed — issued an official statement on the Leaving Neverland documentary, which reads:
Michael Jackson is our brother and son. We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity. We are proud of what Michael Jackson stands for.
People have always loved to go after Michael. He was an easy target because he was unique. But Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT. There has never been one piece of proof of anything. Yet the media is eager to believe these lies.
Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way. But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.
The creators of this film were not interested in the truth. They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it’s not fair, yet the media are perpetuating these stories.
But the truth is on our side. Go do your research about these opportunists. The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations.
The Jackson Family
We asked Smokey Robinson, who knew Michael Jackson since he was 10-years-old, if it angers him when the public focuses on Michael Jackson’s personal struggles and outlandish offstage life — rather than his groundbreaking work in music, film, and bridging the race gap: “Y’know what, 90 percent of it I am. When people are trying to dwell upon what they consider to be the negative parts of his life, that bothers me, because he did so much for the world and was such a generous man, and he did so much for music — he broke down a lot of barriers as far as videos and things like that, and got black people into some places where prior to that they had not been in those areas. And for anybody to dwell upon what they think he did negatively — it bothers me.”
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