Michael Jackson’s family has refuted the disturbing sexual abuse allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary “Leaving Neverland”, and now one of the late King of Pop’s longtime celebrity friends is also coming to his defence.
On Saturday, Diana Ross took to social media to declare, “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”
She added an all-caps coda referencing one of her biggest hits with The Supremes: “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”
The 74-year-old singer’s history with Jackson extends all the way back to the early 1970s when she discovered The Jackson Five, ultimately bringing them to her record label, Motown.
Jackson and Ross would go on to work on several projects over the years, and co-starred in “The Wiz” in 1978; in addition, the late singer named Ross as the next guardian to his children after his mother.
Ross’ comments come days after fellow diva Barbra Streisand enraged fans by declaring that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs,” adding that while she believes the accusers’ abuse allegations, “it didn’t kill them.”
Ross’ tweet earned praise from fans of the “Thriller” singer who insist he’s innocent, receiving more than 6,000 retweets and over 18,000 likes.
However, the tweet also received plenty of backlash from those who believe the “Leaving Neverland” allegations.