Barbra Streisand is facing criticism for her eyebrow raising on the Michael Jackson HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," saying she has a "combination of feelings." Nathan Rousseau Smith has the story.
Barbra Streisand has walked back here about Michael Jackson's sexual abuse accusers, saying she feels "deep remorse" for dismissing the trauma they experienced as children. I am sorry about any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, ”the icon wrote Saturday in a statement on Twitter. "I didn't mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way.
" Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. (Safechuck) and Wade (Robson) know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth. ”Michael Jackson waves his supporters as he arrives at his Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria Calif. On March 2, 2005. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
Michael Jackson waves his supporters as he arrives at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, California, March 2, 2005. (Photo: MICHAEL A. MARIANT / AP)
Backlash set in wide-ranging interview published Friday, in which Streisand customs The Times of London that she believes has been made by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, in the recent HBO documentary, "Leaving Neverland. "
" Oh, absolutely. That was too painful, "says Streisand, who recalled Jackson as" very sweet, very childlike. "
Asked about the abusive behavior alleged in the documentary, Streisand says:" His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say "molested," but those children, if you heard, were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both had children, so it didn't kill them. ”
She acknowledged having a combination of feelings about the situation. "I feel bad for the children. I feel sorry for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him." Earlier Saturday, the singer tried to explain her remarks to the Associated Press in a sympathetic statement that reads: “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of or by anyone.” Jackson's close friend and mentor Diana Ross also touched on the controversy over the weekend.
"This is my heart this morning," Ross wrote Saturday on Twitter. " I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. ”