Diana Ross urged critics of Michael Jackson to “cease within the identify of affection.”
The previous Supremes frontwoman tweeted Saturday, “That is what’s on my coronary heart this morning. I consider and belief that Michael Jackson was and is A powerful unbelievable pressure to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”
Jackson, who died in 2009, has been the topic of a lot criticism and scrutiny following the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which detailed harrowing intercourse abuse allegations towards the King of Pop.
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Wade Robson and James Safechuck got here ahead within the documentary and alleged that Jackson groomed them as kids, in addition to their households, and acted as a paternal determine to them earlier than sexually abusing every of them for years.
Robson was 7 and Safechuck 10 once they every met the singer.
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When Jordan Chandler accused Jackson of sexual abuse in 1993, each Safechuck and Robson denied Jackson molested them. Robson reiterated his denial in 2005 when Jackson was on trial for allegedly sexually abusing Gavin Arvizo — for which Jackson was acquitted.
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Robson defined final month that he merely lived in worry of the singer’s wrath whereas Jackson was alive, claiming, “Michael’s coaching of me to testify started the primary evening that he started abusing me. He began telling me, ‘If anyone finds out, we’ll each go to jail.'”
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“I want that I used to be prepared [at the time]. I want that I might have helped Gavin Arvizo obtain some justice … for what occurred to him.”
Jackson’s property has vehemently and repeatedly denied all accusations of impropriety and unlawful habits towards the “Thriller” icon, declaring that he was by no means convicted of any crimes. The property is suing HBO over “Leaving Neverland,” alleging that the documentary violated a non-disparagement contract Jackson had with the cable large.
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Ross’ submit got here only a day after Barbra Streisand was slammed for her personal remarks concerning the molestation claims that plagued Jackson for many years.
Streisand initially mentioned in an interview of the kid intercourse abuse allegations towards Jackson, “His sexual wants have been his sexual wants, coming from no matter childhood he has or no matter DNA he has. You’ll be able to say ‘molested,’ however these kids, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they have been thrilled to be there. They each married they usually each have kids, so it didn’t kill them.”
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She did be aware, nevertheless, that she “completely” believed his accusers.
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After a slew of backlash, the “Yentl” star walked again on her phrases, telling Selection in a press release, “To be crystal clear, there isn’t a scenario or circumstance the place it’s OK for the innocence of youngsters to be taken benefit of by anybody. The tales these two younger males shared have been painful to listen to, and I really feel nothing however sympathy for them.”