Michael Jackson's niece blasts 'ridiculous' 'Leaving Neverland' documentary
Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary film by Dan Reed, has reignited the debate over Michael Jackson's alleged past behaviour towards children. The documentary examines the testimonies of two alleged victims: Wade Robson and James Safechuck. As a result of the controversy provoked by the movie, a number of radio stations have boycotted Jackon's music and an old episode of The Simpsons featuring Jackson has been pulled from syndication.
However, that's not to say that there aren't people out there prepared to defend Jackson, with Jackson's family, and actors Macaulay Culkin and Corey Feldman stating that they were never subject to anything inappropriate while friends with Jackson. Now, in an appearance on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Jackson's niece Brandi has condemned the film and claims that her ex-boyfriend Wade Robson is a liar.
Brandi Jackson stated: "When I was watching [Leaving Neverland], I was completely sickened by it, to be honest with you. The things that he was saying were so over the top and so ridiculous. [Wade] was not describing my uncle. He was describing a totally different person, but not my uncle. And that's why this is a narrative that has changed... over the last 15 years. Everything that he's ever said about my uncle is the complete opposite of who he was painting in this documentary."
She added: "Part of what I have to say to that is, with Wade saying that he was afraid [he and Michael] would go to jail [if he revealed the abuse], Wade was a grown man when he testified the second time. And if someone had been anally penetrating you and anally abusing you when you were 14 years old, and you had a chance to go on the stand and put that man away for the rest of his life so that he couldn't hurt anyone else, you'd do it. You would. I can understand when he was a child if he was too afraid to do such a thing, that makes sense. But as a grown man, it doesn't."
She also went on to state that the documentary has taken a psychological toll on the musician's children, stating: "They don't remember these things from 2005 [the People v. Jackson criminal trial, which resulted in Michael being found not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo], they didn't have to go through it in that way. So I think that this is their first wave of having to deal with this. And I feel very bad for them. Especially since [Michael is] not here to talk them through it and to explain to them what this is about."