Paris Jackson speaks out for the first time after 'Leaving Neverland' documentary to slam reports
In the wake of the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary, many of those close to Michael Jackson have come forward to make their opinions known about the late King of Pop. However, Paris Jackson, his daughter, was not one of them.
In a recently deleted tweet, Paris called out the publication Gay Star News after they claimed that she had defended her father. "Paris Jackson believes her father, Michael, is innocent of sex abuse claims," the publication had written - but that simply wasn't true.
The 20-year-old responded in a since-deleted tweet, saying: "I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life. You guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though."
The actress then went on to accuse publications of reading too much into her tweets, writing: "Y’all dissect my tweets more than 7th graders cutting open a rat for the first time, i mean.. damn [sic]." She then added that, "Y’all take my life more seriously than i do. calm yo tittaaaaysss [sic]."
After a little backlash from fans, she then clarified what she meant by her comments.
"I didn’t mean to offend by expressing that titties should be calm, i know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also.... it feels better to mellow out. smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes [sic]."
Paris' silence on the issue is actually quite surprising, as the Jackson estate as a whole had filed a $100million lawsuit against HBO before the documentary was even released, calling it "unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself."
Many others have been outspoken on the issue, though, both in defence and in condemnation of Jackson.
Corey Feldman, a former child actor who knew Michael Jackson in his youth, made statements earlier this week that appeared to attempt to exonerate the singer.
"All I know is what I experienced, and yes, every experience was the same right up to the sex part. That is where it becomes La La Land, instead of Neverland for me," he said. "I wasn’t there when those boys were. But I was there around the same time ... and I saw many kids around (girls included) who I am still friends with to this day and none of us were ever approached by him in a sexual way at all."
Several of Michael's brothers and his nephew, Taj Jackson, have also spoken out against the Leaving Neverland documentary, explaining how the late star's interactions with kids were "very innocent":
However, documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux said earlier this week that he believes Jackson had an "unhealthy interest in children".
"I had been investigating the case for quite a while and knew enough on the subject to view it at that time – as I do now – that he had unhealthy interests in children," he stated. "But I didn’t have enough victim testimony to put forward a forensic case to him."
The debate over his innocence continues, and - for now, at least - Paris Jackson wants nothing to do with it.