The claims soon divided people all over the world, there were those who didn't think that Michael Jackson would ever hurt children in any way, and then there were those who thought that the entertainer spent an obscene amount of time that he spent with young children.
The screening of the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' has shaken the world to its core. The film follows the stories of two men who claimed that Jackson had sexually abused them as children. The claims soon divided people all over the world, there were those who didn't think that Michael Jackson would ever hurt children in any way, and then there were those who thought that the entertainer spent an obscene amount of time that he spent with young children.
Many of Jackson's fans immediately questioned the motives behind Wade Robson and James Safechuck's revelation. Despite their painful recollections, the two men's statements were widely discredited by livid fans who couldn't believe the 'rumors' that were being spread about the king of pop. The main question that people had was why did these two men wait for so long before demanding legal action? Why did they speak on his behalf on his prior cases? What made them change their mind now?
Experts believe that coming forward as a child abuse victim can be the toughest act that anyone can do, especially if their abuser is still alive. Most predatory pedophilic behavior involves careful grooming of the children, something that Jackson had easy access to. In the case of a repeat offender, they often know that when the children act like them, carrying out the abuse only becomes easier. The two accusers recalled exactly how Jackson gained their trust.
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Listening to the two victims can make one's stomach churn. Safechuck and Wade both reveal a similar pattern, Jackson would make them feel comfortable with their parents around, and that would serve as an excuse for the boys to eventually spend time with Jackson alone. Safechuck recalled how he and Jackson were 'married' to each other, and that he had been rewarded with a wedding ring after performing sexual acts on the king of pop.
Safechuck also told interviewers that Jackson would often make him practice 'drills' during which Jackson would pretend like someone was approaching so that Safechuck could practice getting ready as fast as possible, without making a sound. Robson told interviewers that Jackson told him that the abuse was how people 'showed love', forcing the young Robson to secrecy by telling him that they would never see each other again if word of their relationship ever got out.
It is so sad to see people on here, who themselves were the victims of notorious crimes, dismissing Wade Robson and James Safechuck as talking "crap." I honestly don't know how you can listen to them, hear how they describe their conflicted feelings and trauma, and dismiss them— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) March 7, 2019
Jackson's revelation as a pedophile massively divided people into those who supported the King of Pop's innocence, and those who stood by the victims and their statement. People, included Jackson's estate, pointed out to the fact that the accusers in Leaving Neverland were the same two men who came to his defense during his 2005 trial. Jackso's estate also claims that the men were mere 'opportunists' who took a chance at shaming a dead man who could not defend himself from the slander that was being spread by people.
The estate slammed HBO with a lawsuit that said the channel had gone back on many agreements, including one about broadcasting the singer's 'Dangerous' tour. The lawsuit is quick to point out the fact that Jackson was acquitted of the molestation charges in 2005, and that the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' was a one-sided story that can't substitute for the real story behind the King of Pop's life and times.