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Michael Jackson’s niece Brandi Jackson has claimed the subjects of the Leaving Neverland documentary – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – were “motivated by money” and that she was left “sickened” by the programme.
Brandi claims that she dated Robson as a teenager and has now insisted that his narrative has “changed” over the past two decades. Their romance has allegedly been used by the Jackson estate as proof the allegations against Jackson are not true.
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“When I was watching [Leaving Neverland], I was completely sickened by it, to be honest with you,” she told The Kyle And Jackie O Show in Australia.
“The things that he was saying were so over the top and so ridiculous,” she said. “[Robson] was not describing my uncle. He was describing a totally different person, but not my uncle. And that’s why this is a narrative that has changed… over the last 15 years. Everything that he’s ever said about my uncle is the complete opposite of who he was painting in this documentary.”
She added: “Part of what I have to say to that is, with Wade saying that he was afraid [he and Michael] would go to jail [if he revealed the abuse], Wade was a grown man when he testified the second time.
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“And if someone had been anally penetrating you and anally abusing you when you were 14 years old, and you had a chance to go on the stand and put that man away for the rest of his life so that he couldn’t hurt anyone else, you’d do it. You would. I can understand when he was a child if he was too afraid to do such a thing, that makes sense. But as a grown man, it doesn’t.”
She has also alleged that the documentary and media coverage has been “hard” on Jackson’s three children.
“They don’t remember these things from 2005, they didn’t have to go through it in that way,” she said. “So I think that this is their first wave of having to deal with this. And I feel very bad for them. Especially since [Michael is] not here to talk them through it and to explain to them what this is about.”