Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe documentary Leaving Neverland, focusing on two men who claimed they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival a few days ago. Now, the family of the late King of Pop is speaking out.
In a statement, the family says in part, “We are furious that the media…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…and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity.”
It continues that Michael, “was an easy target because he was unique, but notes, “[He] was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland…as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT.”
“There has never been one piece of proof of anything. Yet the media is eager to believe these lies,” the statement notes.
The family adds that they, “can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on,” adding, “Michael is not here to defend himself.”
The film’s creators were “not interested in the truth,” says the family. “They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families.”
“The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations,” the statement concludes.
Meanwhile, MJ’s estate issued a statement to Variety calling the documentary “tabloid character assassination,” and pointing out that in the past, the two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, “testified under oath that these events never occurred.”
The statement concludes by accusing Robson and Safechuck of looking for a, “payday by smearing [Jackson] with the same allegations a jury found him innocent of when he was alive.”
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