- Read: “More victims will come out” – ‘Leaving Neverland’ director Dan Reed on Michael Jackson’s legacy
Dan Reed said a number of fans have set about to discredit his film – which hears Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, claim that they were sexually abused by Jackson as children – in retaliation for what they say has besmirched Jackson’s name.
“To prosecute men you have the courage to say they were raped as children by this powerful god-like individual, to make them into the scapegoats is beyond absurd and quite vile,” Reed told AFP today (March 18) in response to the fans’ backlash.
He continued: “It is a kind of blasphemy when you accuse somebody who is a pillar of the community of such a grotesquely horrific act, so bad in fact that people do not want to hold that image in their heads.”
The lawyer of The Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street, and On The Line fan clubs, Emmanuel Ludot, told AFP that they are suing Jackson’s accusers for “sullying his memory” and for “lynching” the late star. The groups, he added, “want to discredit the accusations of paedophilia”.