Singer-songwriter Barbra Streisand attends Tribeca Talks: Storytellers (Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Barbra Streisand is causing controversy over her comments about the child sexual abuse allegations made against the late Michael Jackson.
The Oscar-winner, 76, shared her thoughts in an interview with "The Times" which was published on Friday.
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Streisand said she “absolutely” believes Wade Robson and James Safehcuck's molestation accusations against the King of Pop, which were detailed in the HBO 2-part documentary, "Leaving Neverland."
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The "It Had To Be You" songstress said that their parents are to blame for allowing the young boys to sleep at Jackson's ranch – "I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him?"
"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," she said of the late singer.
"You can say 'molested', but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them," Streisand continued.
When asked if she was upset with Jackson, the "Funny Girl" star replied, "It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him."
The documentary's director, Dan Reed, responded to Streisand's flippant comment via Twitter. He wrote, “It didn’t kill them” @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!"
The film was also met with intense criticism from the Jackson family estate, which denied any and all wrongdoings. They called the documentary "an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the music legend.
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“HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative. Had they made an objective film it would have allowed viewers to make up their own minds about these allegations, instead of having a television network dictate to them that they must accept these false claims about Michael Jackson,” said Howard Weitzman, the estate's attorney.
Oh absolutely, she tells U.K.s The Times in an interview published Friday. That was too painful.
In the two-part HBO documentary, Robson and Safechuck give disturbing accounts of years of sexual abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of Jackson as children. However, Streisand is sympathetic towards the Thriller singer, as well — and some of her quotes arent sitting well with fans.
He was very sweet, very childlike, she remembers about the legend, whom she met a couple of times. (Jackson asked Streisand to duet with him on I Just Cant Stop Loving You, but she declined.) Streisand, 76, was asked how she reconciles the man she remembers with the man described in the controversial documentary.
His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has, she replies. You can say molested, but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them.
When pressed if shes angry with Jackson for his alleged behavior, Streisand says she has a combination of feelings.
I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him, she explains. 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?
Some of Streisands comments quickly stirred backlash online, particularly this quote about Robson and Safechuck: They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them. Leaving Neverland director, Dan Reed, even weighed in.
Already found the qoute. No, it didnt kill them (it killed two of their fathers though) but it screwed up their lives forever. Streisand is a typical Hollywood leftist that is so openminded her brains fell out so there is room to be a sex abuse apologist.#LeavingNeverland pic.twitter.com/hAh5unbeEu
Barbra Streisands comments on Michael Jacksons accusers are … outrageous and perplexing to say the very least. pic.twitter.com/eFSTZUu4bz
Barbra Streisand is vile 🤢.. She believes MJ abused Wade and James, but basically says – it is no big deal because they were thrilled to be there and ended up getting married and having children, so it didnt kill them..
Leaving Neverland has divided fans nearly 10 years after Jacksons death. His three children — Prince, 22, Paris, 20, and Blanket, 17 — are said to be devastated over the resurfaced molestation claims. They have remained relatively silent, although Paris has chimed in occasionally on social media with a few tweets about injustices and focusing on the bigger picture. Most recently, the model co-signed a rant from Aaron Carter where he trashed Robson and Safechuck.