Barbra Streisand hits back after saying Michael Jackson accusers were ‘thrilled'

Screenshots of the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," picturing Michael Jackson and Jimmy Safechuck, as the first part airs on March 3, 2019. When allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Filmmaker Dan Reed?s two-part documentary film Leaving Neverland explores the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James ?Jimmy? Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, who were both befriended by the star. They and their families were invited into his singular and wondrous world, entranced by the singer?s fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak.

Asked if she was angry with Jackson, she said: ‘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?’

The documentary’s director Dan Reed suggested Streisand’s comments showed child abuse was ‘tolerated’ by the film and television industry.

Posting on Twitter, Reed asked: ‘Is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry?’

Michael Jackson’s estate has denied all the allegation made in the documentary.

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