Why Michael Jackson's Family Hates 'Leaving Neverland.'
HBO’s upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland has been causing waves and it hasn’t even premiered yet. The film is said to document the allegations against Michael Jackson that plagued his career.
On Wednesday, several members of the singer’s family spoke to CBS This Morning, to discuss the film. Among them were Michael’s brothers Tito, Marlon, and Jackie, and Michael’s nephew, Taj. They were quick to slam the movie and claim that the allegations made in the film were false. They also spoke out against the alleged victims James Safechuck and Wade Robson.
“We know our brother. Michael wouldn’t do anything like that,” Marlon told Gayle King. “And then he waits until after the passing of Michael, 10 years later, just to come out and state this? They’re still in court with the estate suing them for hundreds of millions of dollars.”
He went on to question the alleged victims.
“If Neverland was so horrifying for him, why would you keep going back?” Marlon asked referring to his brother’s home. “Nobody was there, but the facts are public record. I mean, what he testified under oath are all the different things that he’s said. Those are the facts.”
The brothers were mostly upset that all of this was being brought to light when their brother is not around to speak for himself.
“Michael’s not here to defend himself, [but] I know my brother,
Michael’s nephew did, however, admit that his uncle probably shouldn’t have been sharing beds with young children.
“I grew up in it, so for me it wasn’t odd. You know, I think, to the outside world, yes, I think it can be odd,” Taj said of the sleeping arrangements. “I mean, I’m not oblivious to what it sounds like. But when you’re actually there in that atmosphere and you’re around it, and you’re watching movies, whether, with his kids, whether it’s Little Rascals or Three Stooges, and you’re watching these things, it’s like, it’s very innocent.”
He continued, saying that maybe his uncle was just too innocent to see how bad things looked.
“I think, the fault on my uncle was he just, he didn’t have that bone in his body to look at it the other way,” Taj said. “And I think that was the thing, is that his naiveté was his downfall in a way.”
What’s weird about the whole thing is that both James and Wade had previously testified on Michael’s behalf. In 1993, James gave a sworn statement in defense of Michael and Wade did the same thing, both in a civil suit and during the singer’s trial in 2005, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Because the two victims formerly supported Michael, the Jacksons are having a hard time believing James and Wade’s sincerity.
“It’s always been about money,” Taj told King. “I hate to say it when it’s my uncle, it’s almost like they see a blank check. Because they’ve been taken care of their whole life and I think that’s the problem. These people… felt that they’re owed something. You know, instead of working for something, they blame everything on my uncle.”
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