Matt Fiddes has said it's "time to defend [his] friend"
Matt Fiddes, claims that key facts were left out of the film which details accounts of two subjects who claim they were sexually abused by the singer. He said “it is now time to defend his friend” in an Instagram post.
“I have sat back and watched the circus which we got used too over the years. People forget this man was and and still is the most famous man in the world. The biggest target in the world. And he wanted his life to be a ‘mystery’. He understood the media value of that. And it has backfired on him in death sadly,” he wrote.
He went on: “I have been bombarded with interview requests and have turned them all down. I have been in talks with his bodyguard who lived with him for the last few years of his life in the USA @iambillwhitfield and we both have had enough of it all.
“I will reveal Michael’s true private life… Maybe we will do it together. As a bodyguard we see the real truth. We guard his life and private living areas. We know who comes in and out. This man has been surrounded by bodyguards since a young child. If anyone wanted to get to him they would come through us. We kept his private life a secret as he wanted ‘His life to be the biggest show on earth!’
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“But it all has gone a bit wrong as he is not here to defend himself. In life we protected you Mike and in death we are here too protect your legacy and family and especially our kids. We had our own inner circle of friends. We may kill your mystery and myths buddy. Your legacy will be protected though.
“Watch this space everyone! You may not want to hear it but it’s the truth from two men who knew him well based on two sides of the world with very different lives and times with Michael. Facts don’t lie, people do.”
His comments come after recent accounts from two of Jackson’s former bodyguards were uncovered, which seemed to back up the dates in James Safechuck’s story, which alleged in a 2014 lawsuit that Jackson had abused him from 1988 until 1992. According to the now-41-year-old, part of that abuse took place in an upstairs room at the train station located at the ranch.
Writing in the 2014 book Remembering The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard said: “In 1990, Michael Jackson opened the gates of his Neverland Valley Ranch to the public for the first time.
“Neverland’s visitors entered the ranch at its train station, boarding a steam engine that took them up to the main house.”
Randall Sullivan also corroborated that account in his 2012 biography Untouchable: The Strange Life And Tragic Death Of Michael Jackson. “Reporters invited to tour Neverland at the 1990 public unveiling most often began by inspecting the towering statue of Mercury (the Roman God of profit, trade and commerce) in the drive of the mansion,” he wrote.
“Then climbed a hill out back that led to a near replica of the Main Street train station at Disneyland, with a floral clock that was more magnificent than the one Walt Disney had designed for his own park.”
The Jackson estate has denied all allegations against the late star. Jackson also denied all claims against him until his death in 2009.