Barbra Streisand has waded into the Michael Jackson “Leaving Neverland” debate.
The 76-year-old, who previously turned down the chance to duet with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, replied when asked whether she believes accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck: “Oh absolutely. That was too painful.”
The controversial documentary saw Robson and Safechuck accuse the “Thriller” musician of sexual assault.
Streisand continued in an interview with The Times: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
“It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”
One person who denied Jackson acted inappropriately towards him as a youngster was Macaulay Culkin.
The actor even joked about the singer as he took the stage for a comedy gig in Los Angeles, while Jackson’s daughter Paris watched on.
Streisand’s comments did not go unnoticed in the the Twitterverse, and backlash came quickly.