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Paris Jackson says it’s “not her role” to defend Michael Jackson against ‘Leaving Neverland’ claims

"There’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said."

Paris Jackson has said it’s “not her role” to defend her father Michael, in the wake of widespread backlash since Leaving Neverland aired in the UK and the US.

The documentary, which aired on HBO and Channel 4, featured extensive testimonies from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who both accuse the pop icon of sexually abusing them when they were children.

While the Michael Jackson estate has continually denied the claims made in the film, his daughter Paris has now praised her cousin Taj for openly supporting the singer. She has also said that she doesn’t feel it’s her responsibility to defend her father.

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Paris angrily responded on Twitter after being trailed by paparazzi in New Orleans – prompting one fan to claim that there’s a raised public interest in her because she’s yet to fully respond to the film.

“There’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said in regards to defense. taj is doing a perfect job on his own,” she responded.

‘I support him. but that’s not my role. i’m just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. that’s me. (sic).”

This comes after Paris previously told fans to “chillax”, “calm down” and “smoke some weed” before defending her father. She told one person on Twitter: “…Do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? [Like] do you truly believe they stand a chance?”

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Meanwhile, Michael’s nephew Taj is in the process of filming a documentary that aims to respond to the claims made by Robson and Safechuck in the film.

He recently told NME: “Here’s the thing, as an adult out of the bubble I can see how society thinks that. My uncle was – and this might sound arrogant – but my uncle was too good for the world. My uncle had a pure heart.”

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