Michael Jackson’s Family Criticizes ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary: “The Media Is Eager To Believe These Lies”

by Brianna Moné Williams

January 29, 2019

Photo by Phil Dent/Redferns/Getty

Michael Jackson‘s family is not happy. Earlier this month, it was announced that a documentary about the King of Pop and his alleged child abuse claims was set to be released. After the two-part HBO series debuted at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, his relatives are not holding back on their thoughts.

In a statement, the infamous clan responded: “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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary will tells the stories of two boys who began “long-running relationships” with Jackson at the ages of 7 and 10, respectively. The men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, now in their 30s, reportedly voice stories of the alleged misconduct and their memories.

The Jackson family claimed that both Robson and Safechuck said the icon did not molest them during his 2005 trial, and lawsuits filed against the estate in 2013 were dismissed, according to Variety.

Not only does the statement call the sexual assault violations false, but holds the media accountable for the portrayal of Michael to the public: “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.”

SANTA MARIA, CA – MARCH 17: Singer Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Maria Superior Court for testimony during the third week of his child molestation trial March 17, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded innocent. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

And reportedly, even after a trial where the pop star was found to be “completely innocent” of the alleged incidents at Neverland, the songwriter’s kin made it clear that people loved to make him a target despite knowing the whole story. “There has never been one piece of proof of anything. Yet the media is eager to believe these lies,” said the statement.

But to top it off, the family had some information about the sources who were involved in the narrative: “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.”

This isn’t the first time accounts about Jackson’s life have been released. In 2017, Lifetime aired a biopic focusing on the last two years of the dancer’s life. Now that his parents and siblings have spoken, maybe the “Billie Jean” singer’s children might throw in their thoughts too.

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