Sharon Osbourne has hit out at the mothers of the two men accusing Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them.
In a new documentary Leaving Neverland, James ‘Jimmy’ Safechuck, now 40, and Wade Robson, 36, described in graphic detail how their idol Michael allegedly abused them.
According to the Daily Star, Sharon said she was “upset” with the men’s parents for being “so hypnotised by fame”.
Sharon reportedly said: “Look, would you let your son spend the night with Ozzy?” referring to her 70-year-old husband Ozzy Osbourne.
“No. You would say, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ No-one would do it. The people I was upset with was these boys’ parents. How can you be so hypnotised by fame?”
Sharon added that the parents wanted “to be around this sexy, powerful industry”.
Many viewers had a similar view to Sharon and hit out at the parents, Joy Robson and Stephanie Safechuck.
One person wrote on Twitter: “I truly struggle to understand the parents of the so-called MJ victims.”
#LeavingNeverland I truly struggle to understand the parents of the so called MJ victims.
— blessedheart007 (@blessedheart001) 8 March 2019
Another said: “It’s extremely concerning how the parents would let Michael stay over in the same bed as their children, were they that star struck from his fame? If this was any ‘normal’ average Joe, I’m almost certain their parents’ reaction would be totally different.”
Others defended them.
A third person tweeted: “And people making assumption about what they’d do, or questioning the parents you need to recognise, that until you’re in the very same situation, you really don’t know what you would do. It’s so easy to stand on the perifery and make judgements.”
And people making assumption about what they’d do, or questioning the parents you need to recognise, that until you’re in the very same situation, you really don’t know what you would do. It’s so easy to stand on the perifery and make judgements #LeavingNeverland
— Jake Hook (@jakehook) 8 March 2019
Another said: “The comments on #LeavingNeverland are either defending the perp or blaming the parents, who were also victimised.”
I’m finding the lack of understanding really hard to deal with! The comments on #LeavingNeverland are either defending the perp or blaming the parents, who were also victimised
— Zoe Vilanelle Richards (@youthdvadvocate) 8 March 2019
The documentary uses old footage and new interviews with the alleged victims and sees Wade tell the cameras he was abused at the Neverland Ranch by the Thriller singer when he was seven.
He claimed the alleged abuse went on for seven years.
James – who, along with Wade, has since had years of therapy – also claimed the singer had sexually abused him while he was sleeping.
The documentary has been criticised by Michael’s family, who insist the singer is innocent.
They claim the allegations are unfair as Michael, who died in 2009, cannot defend himself against them.
The estate of Michael Jackson has issued a statement denouncing the film as “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson”.
Jackson denied he abused children right up until his death.
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