‘I feel angry and betrayed’: Michael Jackson’s nephew slams pop legend’s rape accuser Wade Robson as he reveals his family’s upset over Leaving Neverland documentary
- Accusers say they were sexually abused and raped by Jackson during the 1990s
- But speaking on Good Morning Britain, Taj Jackson rejected their allegations
- Said he ‘felt angry and betrayed’ – especially by Robson, who he said was a friend
Michael Jackson’s nephew has hit out at his uncle’s accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claiming they have ‘no credibility’ and are making up claims of sexual abuse for money.
The accusers say they were sexually abused and raped by the singer at his California ranch in the 1990s, and have told their harrowing stories in a new documentary, Leaving Neverland.
But speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Taj Jackson rejected their allegations, and said he ‘felt angry and betrayed’ – particularly by Robson, who he described as a friend.
Jackson’s accusers say he sexually abused and raped them at his California ranch in the 1990s, and have told their harrowing stories in a new documentary, Leaving Neverland. The singer is pictured performing in Singapore in 1993
Taj also referred to Robson’s defence of Jackson against child sexual abuse charges in his 2005 court case.
‘[Robson] was the first defence witness to testify for Michael, as an adult,’ he said. ‘You don’t put someone who you molested for seven years as your first defence witness.
‘He was claiming he was scared, but one word and he could send Michael to jail together. I’m trying not to get emotional about this because he’s my uncle. I’ve seen all the good he’s done in the world and they’re turning it against him.’
Robson, 36, has said he was manipulated into giving the testimony by Jackson, and that the star subjected him to sustained sexual abuse from the age of seven to 14.
James Safechuck, 40, has also given a disturbing account of the sexual abuse he was allegedly subjected to, which he says happened from age 10 to 14.
Jackson has already admitted to sharing his bed with children, and Piers Morgan put this fact to his nephew to ask if he thought that was ‘normal behaviour’.
‘We never said that was normal behaviour,’ Taj said. ‘My uncle didn’t have a normal childhood.
‘He used to talk to us and ask “what’s a birthday like, I didn’t get to do that and hang out with friends”.
‘Once we all went and played hide and go seek. What person in his 30s or 40s would do that?’
Wade Robson, 36, has said he was abused from the age of seven to 14. He is seen in a recent publicity photo for Leaving Neverland
James Safechuck, 40, has also given a disturbing account of the sexual abuse he was allegedly subjected to, which he says happened from age 10 to 14. Image undated
Piers replied: ‘You could say he was creating a fantasy world to stop people getting to the truth of what happened to these kids.’
Taj then went on to attack the credibility of Robson and Safechuck, and said he had spent ‘thousands of thousands’ of hours with Jackson and never thought he was capable of abusive behaviour.
‘Michael’s not here to defend himself so you have to investigate the men [alleged victims],’ he said.
‘As an abuse survivor myself, if I thought for one second that he was capable of any of this, I’d be the first one screaming about this. Find the people who know Wade and my uncle and they’d all be defending my uncle.
‘We’ve never said just believe us so just look into them. They sued the estate for hundreds of millions of dollars so I believe they are financially motivated.’
Taj also discussed the impact of Finding Neverland on the Jackson family.
He said: ‘Some of them are trying to ignore it, some of them think that if I don’t speak about it that will bring more attention to it. But I know how social media works, you have to talk about it.’
Earlier on today’s show, GMB aired a never-before-broadcast interview that Michael Jackson gave to Piers Morgan in 1999 in which he says he would ‘slit his wrists’ before ever abusing children.
Taj Jackson said today that he ‘felt angry and betrayed’ – particularly by Robson, who he described as a friend
Earlier on today’s show, GMB aired a never-before-broadcast interview that Michael Jackson gave to Piers Morgan in 1999 in which he says he would ‘slit his wrists’ before ever abusing children
Jackson insists he ‘wouldn’t care to live’ if it weren’t for children and rails against the Press for being ‘so hard on me’ in the way it covered his relationship with youngsters.
The singer continued: ‘Everything I do, every song I write, every song I write, they try to use it against me and it’s so upset, I’m so upset about it.’
Piers Morgan said Jackson phoned his office after coming to London to open Harrods for his friend Mohammed Al Fayed. The GMB presenter had asked for an interview but had not expected him to phone.
Explaining what he claimed were his life goals, Jackson said: ‘I want to touch the world, I want to touch the heart, the emotions of the entire world.
‘If it weren’t for children I would throw in the towel, I would kill myself, I wouldn’t care to live. They give me my inspiration, they inspire me.’
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