Barbra Streisand Says She’s ‘Profoundly Sorry’ After Stating Alleged Michael Jackson Victims Were Thrilled To Be Around Singer
Barbra Streisand has spoken out after getting backlash for what she said about singer Michael Jackson and his accusers. She released a statement via over the weekend stating,
“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone. The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”
She later released another apology on Instagram.
Past allegations that Jackson sexually abused minor children, including two boys, resurfaced when the boys, who are now men, sat down with Oprah Winfrey for her Leaving Neverland documentary that aired on HBO. They told their stories of allegedly being sexually abused by Jackson.
In a previous interview, Streisand said she “absolutely” believes them, she also added controversial comments, according to Rolling Stone.
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them. His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him.”
She went on to say who she feels is at fault.
“I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”
Streisand added that she herself met Jackson, he was nothing but “very sweet” and “very childlike.” Still, she decided not to pair up with him for a duet on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You on the late singer’s Bad album.
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