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Michael Jackson documentary – nine unanswered questions from what Jacko’s wives said about abuse to why James Safechuck and Wade Robson changed their stories

Michael Jackson documentary - nine unanswered questions from what Jacko's wives said about abuse to why James Safechuck and Wade Robson changed their stories

THE surprising revelations from the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland have left followers reeling after James Safechuck and Wade Robson gave graphic accounts of how the King of Pop allegedly groomed and abused them over a few years.

However the documentary, which aired on Channel four on Wednesday and Thursday, additionally raised extra points than it answered…

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Michael Jackson with James Safechuck, who says the singer launched him to masturbation in Leaving Neverland

Viewers have been left feeling sick as Australian-born Wade claimed he was abused from the age of seven to 14, typically together with his mom Pleasure sleeping in a next door room.

James’s story was shockingly comparable, with allegations Jackson launched him to masturbation and porn and later married him in a fake wedding ceremony ceremony, lavishing him with gold and diamond jewellery in return for sexual favours.

However Dan Reed’s explosive movie – which also included interviews with the boys’ mums Stephanie Safechuck and Pleasure Robson – didn’t tackle all the points and many viewers have been left wondering about unanswered questions.

Here, we fill in the blanks…

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Wade Robson, director Dan Reed and Jimmy Safechuck – the two males declare Michael Jackson groomed them for sexual abuse

1. What’s the boys’ relationship with their mums like now?

While Joy Robson did appear to be genuinely sorry for permitting Wade to go to Michael’s mattress Stephanie Safechuck came throughout as virtually blasé when she admitted ““I f***ed up. I failed to protect him.”

When Jackson moved on to another boy, Stephanie said, “We’ve been dumped.”

It was evident that neither of the accusers have been ever seen with their mums and each appeared to wrestle with the question of whether they had forgiven their mother and father for enabling the alleged abuse.

 Joy Robson admitted she left her son alone with Jackson while the rest of the family went to the Grand Canyon, days after meeting him

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Joy Robson admitted she left her son alone with Jackson whereas the rest of the household went to the Grand Canyon, days after meeting him

In a current interview with Oprah Winfrey, the boys opened up about their mums.

Asked if that they had forgiven their moms, James said, “No, right now I’m making an attempt to find out how to communicate with my mom and I’m also making an attempt to get her to get assist.

“Because if you don’t help yourself, you can’t help other people. So, she needs to work on her own issues so that she can understand what happened.”

Wade said his mum had asked director Dan Reed to skip over the sexual abuse particulars when she noticed a preview.

 Michael with Joy Robson, Wade, Chantal and Dennis

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Michael with Pleasure Robson, Wade, Chantal and Dennis

Speaking about his relationship together with his mum he says it’s “grown immensely over the last six years or so.”

“It was really challenging for a while. I’ve gone through lots of anger towards her, lots of confusion. Thankfully, we’ve been able to go through a lot of healing through this process.”

2. Who is Brett Barnes and did he claim to be abused?

Brett Barnes’ identify was introduced up alongside Macaulay Culkin as a boy who “replaced” James and Wade when Jacko uninterested in them.

Brett first met Jackson when he was five, after slipping a letter to certainly one of his dancers in 1987, and he was rewarded with long telephone calls, first visiting Neverland when he was nine.

However Brett has all the time denied any abuse happened, defending Jackson in each the 1993 and the 2005 case.

 Michael with Brett Barnes, who he invited the Neverland after getting tired of Wade and James

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Michael with Brett Barnes, who he invited the Neverland after getting uninterested in Wade and James

At 11, he advised the press he shared a mattress with Jackson however that they slept on opposites sides of it.

After Jackson’s 2005 molestation case, he stayed silent until this week, when he reportedly filed a lawsuit towards the makers of Leaving Neverland.

According to TMZ, the insinuation that he may need been abused by the singer has left him open to “hatred, contempt and ridicule.”

three. What did Jackson’s wives Lisa-Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe say?

Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley from 1993 to 1996 and Debbie Rowe, the mother of his oldest two youngsters, from 1996 from 1999.

However Neverland employees have since said that neither spouse ever stayed in a single day at the ranch.

Both have claimed that Jackson did not abuse youngsters, with Lisa even saying that she though Jordan Chandler was lying in 1993.

 Michael wed Debbie Rowe in 1996, and she defended him in the 2005 court case

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Michael wed Debbie Rowe in 1996, and she defended him within the 2005 courtroom case

 Michael with Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland

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Michael with Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland

She said: “I believed he didn’t do anything wrong, and that he was wrongly accused and, yes, I started falling for him.”

Debbie Rowe defended her ex-husband in the 2005 trial and later claimed he was the victim of “opportunistic vultures” who have been after his cash.

four. Why did the victims’ mother and father let it occur?

The query most viewers have been shouting at the TV when mums Stephanie and Joy said they agreed to their younger boys sharing a bed with a grown man, was “why”?

Each mums have been nicely aware of the time Jacko was spending with their sons, becoming a member of the singer on tour and staying at his residence.

Stephanie Safechuck recollects the first time she was requested if Jimmy might spend the night time within the pop star’s room: “I didn’t think it was appropriate for my son to go sleep with him. And that’s how it was the first trip.”

But after being invited on tour, in an unexplained U-turn, Jimmy was allowed to share a lodge room with the star, while his mother and father slept subsequent door.

It wasn’t long earlier than her room was moved additional and additional away from the star’s however she believed the rationale she was given – that there wasn’t a set closer.

Each mums admitted that they had their heads turned by the mighty celebrity and him showering them with presents.

Jimmy’s mum said: “’He flies you first class, you have a limo waiting for you at the airport — it’s amazing.”

 Stephanie Safechuck says Michael Jackson became part of the family

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Stephanie Safechuck says Michael Jackson turned a part of the family

Director Dan Reed stood up for the mother and father in a current interview.

“Their decisions are questionable, but I don’t assume for a second they knew.

“It was a extra innocent time back then. Individuals weren’t talking about paedophilia a lot, so it wasn’t one thing that got here to thoughts.”

5. Where have been the dads on the time and the place are they now?

James Safechuck Jr and spouse Stephanie opened their residence to Jacko and handled him like a son after their seven-yr-previous gained a dance competition to meet him.

Within the documentary, Stephanie described how Jackson would come over for dinner and play with Jimmy earlier than he invited the family to Neverland.

What the documentary didn’t point out was that in 1993, when Jacko was accused of molesting Jordan Chandler, James Snr admitted he had seen the star kiss his son on the lips however claimed he saw nothing improper in that.

James – who has a much smaller position in the programme than his spouse – said he asked his son if there was any fact within the allegations that Jacko abused youngsters and advised the courtroom: “My son looked me square in the eyes and said ‘No’. That is all that is needed.”

He added: “Michael is like a son to me and I trust him with my life and with my son’s life, understood?”

 James Safechuck with parents Stephanie and James Snr

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James Safechuck with mother and father Stephanie and James Snr

The case was dropped after the Chandlers have been allegedly given a £15million pay-off and shortly afterwards Jackson wrote off a loan he had given James to purchase the household residence.

Viewers have been shocked when the documentary advised how Wade’s mum, Pleasure, left her seven-yr-previous alone at his Neverland ranch for 5 days whereas the household went off to visit the Grand Canyon, permitting the pair to sleep in the identical bedroom.

In the early 1990s, the Robsons decided to transfer to the US from Australia so that Wade might spend extra time together with his hero.

 Devastated Dennis took his won life when his oldest son left for the US

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Devastated Dennis took his gained life when his oldest son left for the US

Dad Dennis refused to go but Pleasure took their two youngest youngsters – Wade and his older sister Chantal – to LA.

When their oldest boy Shane opted to be a part of them within the US, leaving their father alone, it proved an excessive amount of to bear.

Dennis took his personal life in 2002 – the day that Shane left.

6. Why did James and Wade change their stories?

One thorny difficulty which was not addressed in the documentary was Wade and James’ previous testimony through the 1993 case where Jackson was accused of molesting 13-year-previous Jordan Chandler.

Both boys advised police that they had by no means been abused by Jacko.

 Jacko with Jordan Chandler, who accused him of abuse in 1993

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Jacko with Jordan Chandler, who accused him of abuse in 1993

 Gavin Arvizo was at the centre of the 2005 court case

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Gavin Arvizo was on the centre of the 2005 courtroom case

James later said he gave his assertion after conferences with Jackson’s lawyer to go through  “rehearsed questions and testimony”.

In 2005, when Jackson appeared in courtroom accused of abusing Gavin Arvizo, Wade – then aged 24 – once again testified that he had shared the singer’s bed but no abuse had ever taken place.

However in 2013, 4 years after Jackson’s demise, he filed a £1million lawsuit towards the Jackson estate claiming he had been repeatedly sexually abused. He misplaced his case, on the grounds that the estate couldn’t be held chargeable for the actions of the deceased.

On the time, Wade claimed he had lied in courtroom because he had been threatened by Jackson and had been “brainwashed” into believing the relationship was normal.

 Wade Robson caught the singer's eye after copying his dance moves at five

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Wade Robson caught the singer’s eye after copying his dance moves at five

He said: “I was psychologically and emotionally utterly unable and unwilling to perceive that it was sexual abuse.

“Michael was, yes, an incredibly talented artist with an incredible gift. And he was also a paedophile and a child sexual abuser.”

He’s beforehand said about breaking his silence until this documentary: “I want to speak the truth as loud as I spoke the lie.”

7. Why didn’t the Neverland employees and Jackson’s aides come ahead?

As one of the largest stars on the earth, Jackson would have had an unlimited entourage and employees attending his wants.

When Jacko was arrested in 1993, within the Chandler case, one member of employees broke ranks.

Former maid Blanca Francia, claimed to have witnessed Jackson showering with Wade and additionally said the singer had abused her son.

But, according to a later investigation, employees have been threatened into silence.

 Wade Robson and James Safechuck made shocking allegations in the controversial documentary and in subsequent interviews

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Wade Robson and James Safechuck made surprising allegations in the controversial documentary and in subsequent interviews

 Jacko allegedly abused the boys at his sprawling ranch, which he named Neverland

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Jacko allegedly abused the boys at his sprawling ranch, which he named Neverland

She claimed that within the midst of the Jordan Chandler allegations, armed members of robust South-Central L.A. gangs, together with the notorious Bloods, moved into Neverland.

The purpose was to send a robust message to staff who may need thought-about co-working  in the investigation in addition to a warning to the the households of other boys.

In 2005, Adrian Marie McManus, one other maid advised the courtroom she saw Jackson touching boys inappropriately — together with Macaulay Culkin. He has all the time denied this.

 Stephanie Safechuck with Michael in a shot shown in the film

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Stephanie Safechuck with Michael in a shot proven within the film

Nevertheless, the defence staff discredited her by revealing she was a part of a £12million wrongful termination lawsuit towards Jackson, which was misplaced, and had been accused of stealing from him.

Director Dan Reed said he didn’t embrace any Neverland employees or guests in the film as a result of he needed it to be about the boys.

He informed the Huffington Publish: “What we’ve in the story is from the horse’s mouth.

“We have the child speaking about what happened to him, and I didn’t know how much more credible it would appear if I have a maid going, ‘Well, yeah, I saw Wade.’”

8. What has Macaulay Culkin said about his relationship with Jackson?

In Leaving Neverland, Wade claimed he was sidelined after Michael met Macaulay Culkin and began a relationship with him.

The kid star turned shut to Jackson after the 1990 film House Alone made him a family identify and the beginning of the friendship followed an analogous sample to that described by James and Wade – with lengthy telephone calls, purchasing sprees and childlike video games.

The difference, he claimed in courtroom in 2005, was that the bed-sharing was utterly harmless and Jackson by no means abused him.

 Michael with Macaulay Culkin who he befriended in 1990

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Michael with Macaulay Culkin who he befriended in 1990

He continued to deny something inappropriate happened as lately as January on a US podcast.

He said the connection was “normal” and  “mundane”, including: “It’s almost easy to try to say it was weird or whatever, but at the end of the day, we were friends.”

In early 2018 he said: “He enjoyed my youthfulness. He liked being a kid with me. It never struck me as odd. I never felt uncomfortable. That was just the way he was.”

9. Why did the world permit him to brazenly  parade his younger ‘friends’ round?

In the 1990s, Jacko was incessantly seen within the company of young boys yet the music business and his legion of followers by no means questioned it as creepy or inappropriate.

Footage seen last night time noticed Jackson leaving lodges and hopping into limos with young boys on his arm, with scores of paparazzi wanting on.

Many consider the alleged abuse went unchallenged due to a rigorously calculated Peter Pan fable, with Jackson enjoying the childlike harmless who by no means grew up.

The stories of his own abuse, by the hands of his father, and a stolen childhood on tour with the Jackson Five made the picture all the more plausible.

 Michael holds Jimmy's hand at a 1988 Phantom of the Opera performance with Liza Minnelli

Michael holds Jimmy’s hand at a 1988 Phantom of the Opera efficiency with Liza Minnelli

Investigator Maureen Orth claims many in the know turned a blind eye as a result of his standing as a music legend made him a cash cow.

She said:  “He was such a highly prized corporate money-making machine, such a valuable product that almost no one, especially those C.E.O.s and moguls who make millions off him, has ever really questioned his motives: why this reclusive man-child with no known history of romantic relationships prefers to live a fantasy life in the company of children.”

How can I watch Leaving Neverland in the UK?

The controversial documentary Leaving Neverland aired on Channel four on March 6 and 7, 2019.

You possibly can watch it on 4 Catch Up.

The documentary had its premiere at the Sundance Movie Pageant on January 25, 2019.

The two-parter is being aired despite objections from the singer’s family.

Victim James Safechuck’s mum laughs while recalling Michael Jackson ‘abuse’  in Leaving Neverland

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