Michael Jackson’s family slam his accusers as ‘opportunists’
Michael Jackson’s family slam his accusers as ‘opportunists’ who ‘see a blank check’ days before explosive Leaving Neverland documentary airs – but admit they haven’t watched it
- Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, and nephew Taj defended late star
- They said: ‘It’s all about money, it always has been. They have no evidence’
- In ‘Leaving Neverland’ – due to air Sunday – Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse Jackson of sexually abusing them when they were young boys
Michael Jackson’s family have called the King of Pop’s accusers ‘opportunists’ in their first interview denouncing an explosive new documentary that claims he sexually abused children.
In ‘Leaving Neverland’ – due to air Sunday – Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse Jackson of molesting them when they were young boys.
But in their first interview since the fresh allegations came to light, Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, as well as Michael’s nephew Taj, protested the late star’s innocence.
Michael Jackson’s family called the King of Pop’s accusers ‘opportunists’ in an interview with CBS This Morning
Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, as well as Michael’s nephew Taj, protested the late star’s innocence
Taj said the accusers ‘feel that they’re owed something, instead of working for something, they blame everything’ on Michael
Speaking on CBS This Morning, Marlon said: ‘It’s all about money. It’s always been about money.
‘This documentary is not telling the truth. There has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story – and they’re not interested in doing that.’
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‘I hate to say it when it’s my uncle, it’s almost like they see a blank check,’ Taj added.
‘These people … felt that they’re owed something. You know, instead of working for something, they blame everything on my uncle.’
Wade Robson (left) and James Safechuck (right) speak out about the abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of Michael Jackson in Leaving Neverland documentary trailer
Robson, who met Jackson aged five (left), said he wants ‘to be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long’ about the singer
Taj went on to say that sharing beds and having slumber parties with young children could seem odd to the outside world, but reiterated that his uncle was naive and didn’t have an abusive bone in his body.
Taj – who, by his own admission, grew up in Neverland – went on to say that Michael would often watch ‘Little Rascals’ or ‘Three Stooges’ in bed with him, his own kids and other children.
Safechuck, who met Jackson aged nine on the set of a Pepsi commercial, tells filmmakers ‘secrets will eat you up’
But the star’s nephew said it was always innocent. ‘I think that was the thing, is that his naivete was his downfall in a way,’ he added.
Marlon admitted the family hadn’t actually watched the documentary.
When asked by interviewer Gayle King if it’s fair to denounce the film without viewing it, Marlon responded ‘no’ and claimed it wasn’t necessary because he ‘knows his little brother’ and ‘he’s not like that’.
Jackie then chimed in saying he ‘didn’t care to see it’ because his brother stood for ‘bringing the world together’ and ‘making kids happy’.
Last week, the Jackson estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO, calling Leaving Neverland ‘a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself’.
That filing, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, accuses HBO of breaching a contract that was signed by the King of Pop back in 1992 when his Dangerous World Tour aired on the premium cable channel.
Jackson’s estate has described the film as ‘disgraceful’ and say it is another attempt to cash in on the singer’s fame even after his death
The film does this by suggesting that Jackson molested children while he was on the Dangerous World Tour.
‘It is hard to imagine a more direct violation of the non-disparagement clause,’ declares the suit.
The bombshell four-hour documentary, directed by Dan Reed, was first screened at the Sundance in January, with television rights having been scooped up by HBO and Britain’s Channel 4 before the annual festival.
The abuse alleged in the film was so appalling there were counselors on hand for traumatized viewers.
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