Celebrated performer, Barbra Streisand has shared her opinion on the current controversy surround Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual assault victims, in light of the Leaving Neverland documentary.
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Speaking to The Times, Streisand seemed to defend the late singer, stating that Robson and Safechuck were “thrilled to be there”.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she said.
“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.”
Instead she said their parents were to blame.
While Robson and Safechuck’s mothers – Joy Robson and Stephanie Safechuck – both appear and speak in the documentary, their fathers do not. Dennis Robson died of suicide in 2002 and James Safechuck Sr. died in 2016.
“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,” she told the publication.
“Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”
Since the publication of the article, Leaving Neverland director, Dan Reed has publicly condemned Streisand’s comments.
“‘It didn’t kill them’ @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!” he wrote on Twitter.
— Dan Reed (@danreed1000) March 22, 2019