Woman who claims she was Michael Jackson's 'secret' lover says he was 'passionate' and 'adored women'
It's been a decade since Michael Jackson passed away, but an upcoming documentary has the King of Pop making headlines once again. 'Leaving Neverland', which has been co-produced by Channel 4 and HBO, takes a look into the allegations of child abuse against Jackson - in particular the accounts of two men who were aged seven and 10 when they first developed a relationship with the singer.
The documentary has prompted some strong reactions from fans and associates of Jackson, with his brother, Jermaine, describing the two-part show as "nonsense".
"I am a thousand per cent sure [Jackson didn't commit child abuse] because Michael was tried by a jury of his peers and he was acquitted on all of this because there was no real evidence," Jermaine said yesterday. "There was nothing there. And I will say this, our family are tired. We’re very tired."
Now, another person has come forward to say that she believes Jackson was innocent: Shana Mangatal, who claims to have been musician's "secret" girlfriend.
In an interview with The Sun, Mangatal said: "I think it's awful - these two boys who are accusing him of these things in the documentary were two of his best friends, who he really cared for.
"They were loving towards him and he was loving towards them, but in a pure and innocent way. He would never think that they of all people would turn against him - he really gave them the world.
"These allegations of sex abuse are what killed him. The first allegations by Jordy Chandler were the start - he wasn't the same after those. And then after the second one, it basically ended for him. He was dead inside, just so depressed - there was no spark in his eyes anymore."
Mangatal also revealed what she says are details of her intimate moments with Jackson, and claims that she actually lost her virginity to him.
"He made sure it was what I wanted before we did anything - and it was amazing, everything I thought it would be," she said. "He was definitely experienced - you could tell he had done this before - even though I had not at that point. And you could tell he loved women."
While many people believe that the King of Pop was pretty much asexual, Mangatal strongly denies it.
"He was very loving and passionate," Mangatal claimed. "I think my innocence was what attracted him to me and I don't think he would have gone as far as he did with me if I had been aggressive - aggressive women really turned him off."
Mangatal starred in two movies with Jackson, too, along with a number of child actors. It was during the filming of one of these movies that the singer first faced allegations of abuse - but Mangatal says she never saw him do or say anything untoward to any of the kids.
In fact, she says, the only mistake he ever made was being naive.
"To him sleeping in the same bed as kids, hanging out it was all so normal," she said.
"He was just so naive about it all and he didn't realise that these kids had parents and some of them didn't have the best motives.
"I don't think it was the kids at all who caused any of his problems. From what I witnessed, the parents became very competitive with each other. They would all want to push their sons onto Michael so their son would be the one to spend the most time with him."
Of course, this is just one side of the story; the documentary is set to cover the other.