Barbra Streisand is profoundly sorry for controversial remarks on Michael Jackson accusers – USA TODAY

Barbra Streisand is \profoundly sorry\ for controversial remarks on Michael Jackson accusers - USA TODAY

Backlash over Barbra Streisands Michael Jackson sexual abuse comments deepens: I feel sick

The backlash over Barbra Streisands Michael Jackson sexual abuse comments deepen with back lash on social media.

The backlash against singer and songwriter Barbra Streisand has deepened after she shared her thoughts on HBO’s recent documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which follows the story of two men who allege Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.

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Though Streisand said she “absolutely” believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck's molestation accusations against the King of Pop, which were detailed in the two-part documentary, the “It Had To Be You” singer also made controversial remarks regarding the allegations in an interview published by The Times of London on Friday.

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"I didn't mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way," she wrote. "Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth."

"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," she said of Jackson.

The remarks in question came deep into a wide-ranging interview with The Times. Asked about Jackson, Streisand was quoted as saying she "absolutely" believed Robson and Safechuck, who make their allegations in the recent HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland."

Oh god no. This is horrible. I feel sick. @BarbraStreisand is my idol and I look up to her so much. This breaks my heart that she would say this. Because this is such a wrong and hurtful thing to say. Ugh.

NEW YORK (AP) – Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday for her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying that she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for "speaking their truth."

"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.

The apology went far beyond the earlier statement to the AP, in which she elaborated on her published remarks, saying she felt "nothing but sympathy" for the men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accuse the late star of molesting them as children.

Streisand, 76, then said she feels “bad” for both the children Jackson allegedly abused and the late singer himself.

Streisand initially said in an interview of the child sex abuse allegations against Jackson, "His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. 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."

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“It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him,” she said, also noting she blames the children's parents because “who would allow their children to sleep with him?”

Jackson's estate has vehemently and repeatedly denied all accusations of impropriety and illegal behavior against the "Thriller" icon, pointing out that he was never convicted of any crimes. The estate is suing HBO over "Leaving Neverland," alleging that the documentary violated a non-disparagement contract Jackson had with the cable giant.

Streisand’s comments immediately drew criticism from the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.

“'It didn’t kill them' @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!” he wrote on Twitter.

Robson explained last month that he simply lived in fear of the singer's wrath while Jackson was alive, claiming, "Michael's training of me to testify began the first night that he began abusing me. He started telling me, 'If anybody finds out, we'll both go to jail.'"

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Many other users quickly followed suit, one person even writing that Streisand’s comments made her feel ill.

When Jordan Chandler accused Jackson of sexual abuse in 1993, both Safechuck and Robson denied Jackson molested them. Robson reiterated his denial in 2005 when Jackson was on trial for allegedly sexually abusing Gavin Arvizo — for which Jackson was acquitted.

“Oh god no. This is horrible. I feel sick. @BarbraStreisand is my idol and I look up to her so much. This breaks my heart that she would say this. Because this is such a wrong and hurtful thing to say. Ugh.”

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“These comments by Barbara [sic] Streisand on Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse accusers are sick and says volumes about Hollywood’s demented and perverted thinking,” a second commented.

“Who knew in 2019 I would throw my love for Barbara [sic] Streisand into a dumpster but here I am,” another wrote.

“It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara [sic] Streisand is officially canceled,” one man wrote.

"Barbara [sic] Streisand's take on survivors of child sexual abuse: ‘It didn't kill them.’ Survivors of sexual abuse have higher rates of suicide, eating disorders, drug addiction, repeat victimization later in life, etc. Child sexual abuse literally does kill people,” one person argued.

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.

Diana Ross is speaking out in defense of her late friend Michael Jackson, amid resurfaced allegations of child sex abuse.

In the recent controversial HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, two men go into graphic detail about what they say were years of molestation and grooming by the King of Pop.

“This is whats on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE,” 74-year-old Ross, who often performed with Jackson in the 80s, tweeted on Saturday, referencing her former band The Supremes most famous song.

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Jacksons family has denounced Leaving Neverland and denies the shocking resurfaced allegations from accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as well as past similar accusations made against the pop star, who was famously famously acquitted of charges of sexually abusing a different boy, in a 2005 trial.

The documentary has drawn mixed opinions and fresh criticism of Jackson, and several brands have already distanced themselves from him amid the backlash.


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