Oprah Winfrey Defends Herself For Supporting Michael Jackson Accusers

HBO aired the second of a two part documentary Monday night. ‘Leaving Neverland’ has been met with both negative and positive reviews. Oprah Winfrey hosted a special that aired directly after part two of the documentary. The show which aired on Winfrey’s network ‘OWN, featured the two Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both claim that they were sexually molested by Jackson when they were children aged 7 and 10. Both men in the past denied they were molested by the singer, and testified on his behalf at his 2005 court case.

This June will be the tenth anniversary of Jackson’s death of a drug overdose. His family and fervent Jackson supporters are blasting the film, saying Jackson can’t even defend himself, and the accusers are just ‘looking for a payday.’ Winfrey who has spoken very publicly about her own sexual abuse when she was a child, has a different take. She says the film and the ‘Me Too’ movement, ‘is much more important than Michael Jackson. Winfrey said she knew by supporting the accusers, she would face backlash, but she believes it’s the right thing to do. Winfrey said an uncle, cousin and family friend molested her from age 9 to 14.

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The talk show host said, ‘victims need a voice, they need to be heard and supported.’ Robson a world renowned choreographer, who worked with Britney Spears, said Jackson told him that if their sexual relationship was uncovered, ‘they would both go to jail forever.’ He said he was groomed by Jackson, with lavish gifts and attention, and ‘he loved Micheal’, it took him years to understand that the abuse he suffered ‘was wrong and damaging.’ Robson and Safechuck both sued the estate of Jackson and lost. Both are appealing their verdicts, their cases are expected to be heard this summer. Winfrey interviewed Jackson at Neverland Ranch in 1993, it was one of the most watched interviews of all time, with 90 million people tuning in.

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