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Madonna Defends Michael Jackson From Child Sex Abuse Allegations, But Still Hasn't Seen 'Leaving Neverland': 'I'll Get Around To Seeing It'

Madonna has a hot take on Michael Jackson sex abuse controversy

Madonna is here with a hot take on the Michael Jackson child sex abuse controversy.
In an interview with British Vogue, the music icon was asked what she thought about the Leaving Neverland documentary that shared detailed claims from James Safechuck and Wade Robson about allegedly being groomed and sexually abused by the King of Pop when they were children.
The doc caused an angry debate to break out between viewers and hardcore MJ stans. While most immediately took the alleged victims’ side, others (particularly Jackson’s family) stood firm that the Beat It singer was innocent, arguing that Robson and Safechuck were just exploiting decades-old rumors for money and fame.
Related: MJ’s Children Secretly Investigating ‘Leaving Neverland’ Subjects!
Well, it appears that Madge is part of that latter camp… for now, at least.
The 60-year-old, who was the same age as MJ and rose to fame alongside him in the ‘80s, said she’s keeping an “innocent until proven guilty” mentality when it comes to what’s said about Jackson — because she knows what it’s like to have allegations “hurled at [her] that are not true.”
The Material Girl songstress, whose 14th album Madame X is set to drop in June, went on to elaborate:

“I don’t have a lynch-mob mentality, so in my mind, people are innocent until proven guilty. I’ve had a thousand accusations hurled at me that are not true. So my attitude when people tell me things about people is, ‘Can you prove it?'”

Hmm. Guess Madonna’s not as easily swayed as Oprah Winfrey, who quickly went from defending MJ to supporting his victims after she watched the doc.
So, do Robson and Safechuck’s harrowing, detailed accusations not count as proof to Her Madgesty?

Michael Jackson boys accusations 2003
Michael Jackson was known to keep young boys as traveling companions. Here he is in 2003 with the son of his manager. / (c) WENN/BENNY GOOL

She doesn’t actually know, as it turns out, because the Grammy winner hasn’t gotten around to seeing Leaving Neverland yet. When asked what would constitute proof of Jackson’s guilt, she admitted:

“I don’t know, I haven’t seen the film. But I guess it would be people recounting actual events – but then, of course, people sometimes lie. So I always say, ‘What’s the agenda? What do people want out of this? Are there people asking for money, is there some kind of extortion thing happening?’ I would take all of those things into consideration.”

As you should, gurl! Due process is super important; but it’s also important to hear what the alleged victims have to say.
Related: Startling Claims About MJ You’ve Forgotten (Or Never Heard)
To her credit, Madonna said she would “get around to seeing” Leaving Neverland eventually. Maybe sitting down and watching the two-part special will change her mind?
Get that HBO subscription and circle back with us, Madge.
[Image via WENN]

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May 08, 2019 09:20am PDT