The family of Michael Jackson had a way the years-old toddler molestation allegations in opposition to the pop celeb would resurface in the end. So they say they weren’t solely shocked to check forthcoming HBO documentary would attribute two of his accusers.
“I thought, ‘Oh here we go again,'” Jackson’s oldest brother, Jackie Jackson, acknowledged Tuesday of the second he found of “Leaving Neverland” whereas on tour in Australia. “That’s the first thing we said,” he acknowledged all through an interview with the Associated Press seated subsequent to his brothers Tito, Marlon and his nephew, Taj.
The documentary, which premiered on the Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation, starting Sunday will air the abuse allegations of two males, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who had beforehand denied Jackson molested them and supported him to authorities and in Robson’s case, very publicly.
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“It was going to be the 10-year anniversary,” Taj Jackson acknowledged, referring to his uncle’s June 2009 demise. “I remember a year ago I was like, ‘This is too appetizing for the media. They’re going to do something. This is the time when everyone comes out of the woodwork, the same cast, the same characters that have been discredited throughout the years. They have a platform now to talk about Michael Jackson.”
It was the latest and most public pushback from the family and Jackson property, which have repeatedly denounced the documentary in newest weeks by written statements, a lawsuit , and letters to HBO and Britain’s Channel 4, which plan to air the film. HBO launched Wednesday it’ll air a selected on Monday night by which Oprah Winfrey moreover interviews Robson and Safechuck.
Their central criticism has been the film’s failure to talk to family members or totally different defenders of Jackson, whom they insist in no way molested a toddler.
The brothers acknowledged they’d have answered the allegations had the filmmakers requested them.
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“Oh, we definitely would have come and talked to them about the situation … to protect our brother,” Tito Jackson acknowledged. “He’s not here no more. He’s passed, and, we’re his brothers, we’re supposed to do this.”
Marlon Jackson added, “I look at it as yes, you’re protecting your brother, but you’re telling the truth, and we want people to understand the truth. And I do not understand how a filmmaker can make a documentary and not want to speak to myself or some of the other families that were at Neverland.”
The documentary’s director Dan Reed has repeatedly defended his film, which makes use of solely the voices of Robson, Safechuck and their households.
“It’s the story of these two families and not of all the other people who were or weren’t abused by Michael Jackson,” Reed suggested the AP the day after the film’s premiere. “People who spent time with him can go, ‘he couldn’t possibly be a pedophile.’ How do they know? It’s absurd.”
Robson, 36, and Safechuck, 40, every received right here forward as adults, first by means of 2013 lawsuits and later inside the documentary, to talk regarding the alleged abuse, which Robson says started when he was 7, Safechuck when he was 10.
Both had beforehand suggested authorities there had been no abuse, with Robson testifying in Jackson’s safety on the 2005 molestation trial that ended with the celeb’s acquittal.
Jackson family members say they’ve been notably shocked to first hear such allegations coming from Robson, a well-known choreographer who has labored with Britney Spears and ‘N Sync. Many Jacksons, along with Taj, had recognized Robson and his family since he was a toddler. Robson had dated Jackie Jackson’s daughter for over seven years.
“I was like ‘No that can’t be Wade Robson not the same guy that I knew, They must have got the names wrong,” Taj Jackson acknowledged. “Wade was the most adamant person when it came to 2005 and the trial. He was their first defense witness. He was the star witness. He was adamant that nothing ever happened.”
Taj Jackson acknowledged he remembers thanking Robson the day he testified, and Robson responding that it was the least he could do for Michael.
“To see that 180, it feels like the biggest backstab that you could possibly feel,” he acknowledged.
The film acknowledges and discusses the lads’s preliminary denials of abuse. Both say they expert trauma that emerged as adults as soon as they started to easily settle for what occurred to them.
No one inside the Jackson family has any memory of meeting Safechuck. They have centered their criticism on Robson, whose allegations, they say, have coincided with financial points. They say particularly that being denied a job with a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil current prompted him to change his story.
Robson has acknowledged it had no bearing on the allegations, and that he really eradicated himself from the Cirque du Soleil current on account of he was having nervous breakdowns. Those prompted him to talk to his therapist for the first time regarding the abuse.
The males’s lawsuits have been thrown out on technical grounds, nonetheless are on attraction.
The Jackson property’s lawsuit , filed last week, alleges “Leaving Neverland” violates a 1992 contract agreeing the channel would not disparage Jackson in the end. HBO known as the lawsuit a decided attempt to undermine the film.
Jackson’s family urged these inclined to watch “Leaving Neverland” to look deeper into the state of affairs.
“That’s all we’re worried about is just facts,” Marlon Jackson acknowledged. “The facts, which are public record, tell a totally different story than what this documentary talks about.”