Sheryl Crow, who performed as a backing singer on Michael Jackson’s Badtour from 1987 to 1989, is addressing the controversy surrounding the late musician.

According to the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, James Safechuck was reportedly abused on the tour.

Crow told the Guardian: “I happened to turn on CNN the morning after the first half [of the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’] aired, and they showed clips of the young man who was on the Jackson tour with us.

“It’s like a death in the family, you know? It’s sad. [James Safechuck] was a great kid and the whole time he was with us — which was the better half of an 18-month tour — I always wondered, What in the world are his parents doing?

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The country favourite added, “I think that there were a lot of exceptions made because of the damage that [Jackson]… I mean, he didn’t intentionally project it but it was part of his aura — this almost being untouchable and almost alien-like.

“And, yeah, I mean, I’m sad, and I’m mad at a lot of people. I feel like there was just a huge network of people that allowed all that to go on. It’s just tragic.”

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Crow dueted with Jackson every night on the track “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” but she insisted they were hardly the best of friends: “I think he actually did not know my name for quite a long while.”