Jermaine Jackson is finally speaking out against the shocking documentary “Leaving Neverland” — which debuted at Sundance Film Festival last week, and focuses on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both allege they were molested by Michael Jackson as children.
As we previously reported, hours after the doc premiered, Jackson’s estate described the film as a “public lynching.”
“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,” their statement to the Associated Press read. “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.”
As Vanity Fair’s Nicole Sperling reported from Sundance, both Robson and Safechuck did initially defend Jackson: “Neither man was able to admit that the sexual relationship they each say they shared with Jackson was abuse until they became fathers, and the weight of their secrets proved overbearing.”)
When “Good Morning Britain” co-host Piers Morgan pressed Jermaine about the purported evidence to support accusations that MJ may have molested children—citing the sleepovers at his Neverland Ranch—Jermaine argued: “Those were slumber parties, and what they didn’t tell you was that there were little girls there, even with their parents, their uncles . . . they were watching movies.”
“How sure can you be, Jermaine, that Michael was completely innocent?” Morgan asked.
“Piers, I’m 1,000 percent sure, because Michael was tried by a jury and . . . he was acquitted on all of this,” Jermaine responded. “Our family is tired. Let this man rest. He did a lot for the world. Let him rest. I’ll just say this: there is no truth to this documentary.”
Jermaine became visibly emotional as Morgan continued with the questions. “Leave us alone,” he begged. “Leave him alone. Let him rest—please. Let him rest. He deserves to rest.”
During a Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival, Robson revealed that there were parts of the doc that made him “really scared’ for certain members of his family to see.
“I was really scared for my mother to see [Leaving Neverland],” said Robson. “Each of us watched it by ourselves, and there are things that I said, things my brother said, that have never been communicated within the family dynamic. It was an intense experience for them. My hope is that while this is not the usual way to healing—for a movie that goes out to the world—hopefully this can open new doors for them. This is an important story to tell.”
“Leaving Neverland” will air on HBO this spring in a two-part series.