Juice WRLD defends Michael Jackson: “Let the legend rest”

The rapper asks his followers to respect Jackson's legacy

Juice WRLD has spoken up to defend Michael Jackson’s legacy following the latest allegations of child sexual abuse against the late star.

The ‘Lucid Dreams’ rapper took to Twitter urging people “to let the legend rest” following abuse allegations levelled at Jackson in the Leaving Neverland documentary.

“Rip to the legend Michael Jackson let the legend rest and his legacy stand,” Juice WRLD wrote. He joins a host of figures including T.I. and Piers Morgan in asking people to respect Jackson’s name, or consider carefully the claims made against him.

T.I. responded recently to the airing of HBO/Channel 4’s documentary – which details Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s allegations against Jackson – by saying that the film tears down “another strong black historical LEGEND”.

“Dead men can’t speak. So what was the point again?” T.I. wrote on Instagram yesterday (March 6). “Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?!?! It’s several examples of pedophilia in American History… if y’all pulling up all our old shit… we gotta examine ELVIS PRESLEY, HUGH HEPHNER [sic], and a whole slew of others guilty of the same if not more!!!”

Morgan, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter last week: “Interesting to see so many journalists on here accept everything in #LeavingNeverland is true, without applying any questioning eye. The 2 accusers have changed their story multiple times & are suing Jackson’s estate for 100s of millions. At least be challenging, surely?”

Jackson’s family have denied the allegations in Leaving Neverland. The late singer’s nephew, Taj, spoke to NME recently about the news that radio stations across the world have banned his songs.

“This is nothing new for us,” Taj explained. “In Germany, when the trial was going on, they banned Jackson music, not even just Michael Jackson music. So [3T] were banned and Janet [Jackson] was banned. So I think there was a natural reaction to punish everyone.

“But why I’m saying that is my uncle’s already gone through the system and my uncle’s already been declared not guilty. My uncle’s already had a 10-year FBI investigation. It’s so unfair to convict him now off of a one-sided documentary, literally one-sided.”