As the family of Michael Jackson continues to speak out about “Leaving Neverland”, blasting the allegations of accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck as money-driven lies, the late King of Pop’s children have been conspicuous by their silence.
On Wednesday, however, Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, responded via Twitter to a report in Gay Star News citing TMZ, which claims that she has never watched the disturbing documentary and “firmly believes” her father is innocent of allegations that he was a pedophile who sexually abused the men when they were young boys.
The story also quotes another report in British newspaper the Sun, in which a “source” claims she’s worried that “Leaving Neverland” could damage her fledgling career as a singer and actress.
“Paris had hoped to launch a successful career in acting but fears ‘Leaving Neverland’ has ruined her chances of it taking off,” said the source.
“She was in a movie last year but believes the documentary is already scaring directors away because the abuse her father is accused of may put movie goers off her,” the source added. “It all comes down to marketing. The worry is that any movies she stars in will be derailed if Michael’s abuse scandal is all people think about when they see her on screen. She wants to act but knows this could affect those plans.”
In response, Jackson tweeted, “I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life.” She added, “you guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though,” in a now-deleted tweet.
Jackson ultimately expressed her feelings in a back-and-forth with one fan on Twitter. “The bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever but whatever though,” the user wrote. Jackson replied, “So… not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? Tabloids and lies are the bigger pictures? I’ll pray for you.”
The fan then followed up, “No, they want to tear his name down and stop playing his music but it’s cool like who cares that he died for this?” To which Jackson said, “Yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a difference, but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? Relax and have peace.”
In an interview with “CBS This Morning”, the late singer’s brothers — Tito, Marlon and Jackie — were joined by Tito’s son, Taj, to blast the documentary and the men’s allegations.
“If Neverland was so horrifying for [Robson], why did he keep going back?” Marlon asked. “The facts are public record. I mean what he testified under oath are all the different things that he said.”
“It’s always been about money,” added Taj. “I hate to say it when it’s my uncle but it’s almost like they see a blank cheque. These people felt that they’re owed something. You know, instead of working for something, they blame everything on my uncle.”