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UK: Split Reaction Greets MJ’s Sex Abuse Documentary

By Published March 07, 2019

Celebrities appear split in their reaction to the two-part documentary on Michael Jackson in which two men allege that the king of pop abused them when they were young boys.

In the documentary, premiered in the UK during the week, Wade Robson and James Safechuck detail their experiences with Jackson three decades ago, when they were 7 and 10 years old, respectively, alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused each of them at his Neverland ranch in California.

The documentary sparked protest by Jackson's fans worldwide and expectedly, his estate issued a statement calling it "tabloid character assassination" and questioning the validity of Robson and Safechuck's claims.

"Leaving Neverland isn't a documentary, it is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death. The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact," the statement read.

"These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by these two admitted liars which were ultimately dismissed by a judge. The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations, which means the entire film hinges solely on the word of two perjurers."

Oprah Winfrey said “It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption. It’s like a scourge on humanity.

“If it gets you, our audience, to see how it happens, then some good would have come of it.”

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted during the interview: “I hope everyone watches this.”

Other supporters include US actress and #MeToo activist Rose Mcgowan and US talk host Rosie O’Donnell.

However, Stevie Wonder, a long-time friend of Michael, called for Jackson’s legacy to be respected.

When asked about the allegations, he replied: “He's died, he's dead. Hopefully we can continue the legacy he has given a lot of kids and a lot of people."

Former child actor Mark Lester has defended Michael Jackson, telling ITV’s Lorraine Kelly ‘’leaving Neverland made him "feel quite sick".

The former Oliver! star said:”This is not the Michael Jackson I knew for over 30 years. This is not the man that my children knew.”

Child star Corey Feldman, who was friends with the singer growing up, took to Twitter to defend Jackson.

The Lost Boys actor, who says he was sexually molested as a child but not by Jackson, said his “memories of MJ were mostly fond” and the documentary was one-sided.

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