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LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Jackson 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.

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14 thoughts on “Michael Jackson Family Condemns New Documentary On Accusers

  1. Tanisha on said:

    Wouldn’t there be more than 2 people coming out and saying things if Michael was molesting children? These days people come flying out of the wood work. And he seemed to have been surrounded by kids a lot.

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  3. Dan Reed who has his own agenda believe these guy and ONLY knew this for this film while the Jackson KNEW these guys for over 20 plus years.

  4. The family is right. There is plenty of evidence on their side. The only people who will believe these liars are people who want to just believe the lies. WE are living in dangerous times when people can just say something and everyone is suppose to believe it without waiting on the facts. In this case, the FACTS have been proven and shown and these people have been caught in so many lies.

  5. There are REAL victim out here and these fools and this director (who is shady himself) are using this moment to try and trash Michael and to get money. Look where they are at: SUNDANCE and doing a Q & A. Give me break. James said Michael J threaten his mother. For those of us who knew MJ, we know that is a LIE.

  6. I met Wade -opportuntist. And James is full of it. These men have been defending Michael for over 23 or more years even in the court of law and under a tough District Attorney. As I said, Wade danced to MJ tribute with Janet at the MTV. He was the FIRST to issue a statement when MJ died. he was the FIRST to defend MJ in 1993 and there was NOTHING about this kid that gave the impression that he was being a abused and hiding it (also MJ was under and FBI investigation during this time as well for the next 10 or more years (1993-2005).. He help write a book with Jermaine, PRAISED Jackson in July 2012.

  7. Michael Jackson IS DEAD.
    So should all of the allegations against him regarding the molestation of children!!!!!!!
    Let the KING of POP R.I.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • because they were all lies. the one who got the settlement tells people he was not abuse. His father put him up to do it. My thing is Jordan, you need to bring yourself out and tell the WORLD it was not true, not just friends and girlfriends. Michael is dead. Your father is dead. Sneddon is dead. DO the right thing and final clear this LIE. People are jumping on your bandwagon.

      • Jordan tells people in PRIVATE that he was never abused by MJ (he was the one who caused MJ to get a body search. Pictures did NOT match and that why those pictures were never used in court. HE LIED. He claim Mike was circumcised because most men are especially Jewish men which he was-which was a lie, MJ was NOT circumcised). Jordon it is time to do it PUBLICLY. If Emmit Til accused can do it after 50 years, you can do it now.

  8. Leslie on said:

    I can’t speak for the others, but Wade Robson is a lying opportunist. There is a mini-documentary about his “newly-realized” accusations on YouTube, and yes I said “realized”, not “remembered”. He is angry that he wasn’t chosen to produce the Cirque Du Soleil “Michael Jackson’s ONE” production, despite the fact that he had a smaller role.

    • And another thing. Some want to say these guys had the “stockholm syndrome” (amazing how both guys have are accused of having this, the same lawyer, the director, same lawsuit and talked together). I do not know no one with this this “syndrome” who gets on a stand TWICE in the court of law under oath even as an ADULT and DEFEND someone who he has been asked about many time even Jimmy Kimbel asked about the claims and Wade defended Michael on the Kimbel show.

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