Michael Jackson's family members said Monday that they are "furious" that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary about them. The family released a statement denouncing, Leaving Neverland, a documentary film featuring accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to air in the spring on HBO and the U.K.'s Channel 4.
"Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family — that is the Jackson way," the statement said. "But we can't just stand by while this public lynching goes on.... Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made."
The family points out that Jackson was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of his home, the Neverland Ranch, but was still acquitted at his criminal trial in 2005, in a case involving another young man.
Robson testified at that trial, saying he had slept in Jackson's room many times, but that Jackson had never molested him. Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy. Jackson died in 2009. Both men filed lawsuits in 2013 saying stress and trauma had forced them to face the truth and admit they were sexually abused. The suits have been thrown out on technical grounds but are under appeal.
The Jackson statement calls the men "perjurers" because of this reversal, saying the family is "furious" that media outlets without evidence have chosen "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."
The film's director Dan Reed has said he has no doubts about the men's validity. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Robson and Safechuck have done on multiple occasions.
The family insists that truth and evidence are on their side. "We are proud of what Michael Jackson stands for," the statement said.
Read the Jackson family’s entire statement below:
Michael Jackson is our brother and son. We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, 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, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity. We are proud of what Michael Jackson stands for.
People have always loved to go after Michael. He was an easy target because he was unique. But Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties 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.
Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way. But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.
The creators of this film were not interested in the truth. They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it’s not fair, yet the media are perpetuating these stories.
But the truth is on our side. Go do your research about these opportunists. The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations.
Last summer, the Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that they were developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of the dead pop star. On Wednesday, they confirmed it will be titled Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. The production will have its out-of-town premiere in Chicago (beginning October 29th and running through December 1st) at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, before transferring to Broadway some time in 2020. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat in 2017, Ruined in 2009) will pen the book, and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) will direct and choreograph the show. The score will comprise hits from across Jackson’s massive catalogue.
The Estate of Michael Jackson is denouncing a documentary about two of his sexual-abuse accusers that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, calling it "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations." The estate said in a statement Wednesday that the documentary "Leaving Neverland" ''is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson. The Sundance Institute announced earlier Wednesday that the documentary had been added to the festival lineup. The film tells the story of Wade Robson and James Safechuck now in their 30s who had long-running relationships with Michael at ages 7 and 10. Both men both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate to them and Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges of molestation in the 2005 trial. The film is produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed. The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Jan 24 and runs through Feb. 4.
This mendacious documentary should NOT see the light of day. SIGN THE PETITION: End the Defamation of Michael Jackson & Pronounce His Innocence
Voice your outrage to the people that run the Sundance Film Festival, the director/producer, Dan Reed, and/or HBO and UK Channel 4 who helped create this exploitive film. Share your thoughts and feelings. It is a disgrace that they are giving a platform to these to perjurers in a production that calls itself a documentary. For any fans looking to send emails as suggested by the Estate, here are email addresses for you:
UK Channel 4 – Tweet to director of programming Ian Katz @iankatz1000
Janet Jackson was a nominee among returning acts of a more diverse selection of acts to get inducted into the ever-broadening Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Janet joined a more diverse selection of returning acts who have not been inducted. The public voted and finally she’s in! Janet Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on 29 March 2019 at the Barclays Center in New York and following her brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Indutee, and so much deserved!
Taj Jackson and his wife Thayana have welcomed their first born and daughter Taylor Aurora Sco Jackson on 21 November 2018. She is the couple's first child, the seventh grandchild for Tito Jackson and niece of Taryll and TJ and cousin of Royal, Dee Dee, Jo Jo, Rio, Bryce and Adren. Jackson Source wishes the family congrats and lots of fun with the latest Jackson family addition.
From EURweb.com, by Jerome Maida:
As everyone knows, Michael Jackson was a pioneer in breaking and pushing boundaries in the music industry, from being the first black artist featured regularly on MTV to using groundbreaking technology in his music videos. Now his nephew, Jaafar Jackson – son of Michael’s brother, Jermaine – is following in his famous uncle’s footsteps.
At “The Reveal” at the Dolby theater in Los Angeles of the new technology NASGO is betting it becomes the norm eventually, Jafaar Jackson performed in support of his new album, which he has earlier announced at the United Nations would be released in the new format called “tokenization.” He had made the announcement about the groundbreaking way he will release his album earlier at both the United Nations and then at the New York Stock Exchange.
Like his famous family, Jaafar Jackson wanted to make it clear he is releasing his album using this new technology to both be more accessible to fans and to be better able to support social causes.
“One of the biggest things (is) I want to bring awareness about things that are going on around the world through my music,” said Jafaar to EURweb in an exclusive interview.. “Using this technology and my music together, it’s definitely going to make me very happy.”
Jafaar feels the new blockchain/tokenization technology helps both artists and fans.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson’s black “Bad” jacket that the singer wore on his first solo tour is going up for auction in November and could fetch up to $100,000. Julien’s Auctions said on Friday that the jacket, which Jackson signed on the back with a silver permanent marker, was worn throughout the singer’s “Bad” world concert tour from 1987-89. The jacket, with multiple zippers, straps and buckles, is one of the late singer’s most iconic costume pieces alongside his red and black leather “Thriller” music video jacket that sold for $1.8 million at auction in 2011. Michael Jackson has become one of the most collectible celebrities. The “Bad” jacket is being sold by Texas businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret along with almost 100 other items from his large rock ‘n roll memorabilia collection. Verret also owns the “Thriller” jacket, which he takes around children’s hospitals, but is not putting that item up for auction.