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Six unanswered questions in the Michael Jackson documentary – from why James Safechuck and Wade Robson changed their stories to why the parents let abuse happen

Six unanswered questions in the Michael Jackson documentary – from why James Safechuck and Wade Robson changed their stories to why the parents let abuse happen

THE surprising revelations in the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland have left fans reeling after James Safechuck and Wade Robson gave graphic accounts of how the King of Pop groomed and abused them over many years.

But the first a part of the documentary, which aired on Channel 4 last night time, additionally raised more issues than it answered.

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Michael Jackson with James, who says the singer introduced 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 subsequent door room.

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

However Dan Reed’s explosive film – which additionally included interviews with the boys’ mums Stephanie Safechuck and Pleasure Robson – didn’t handle all of the issues and many viewers have been left questioning about unanswered questions.

Right here, we attempt to fill in the blanks forward of tonight’s screening of half 2.

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

Why did the victims’ parents let it happen?

The query most viewers have been shouting at the TV when mums Stephanie and Joy stated they agreed to their younger boys sharing a mattress with a grown man, was ‘why’?

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

Stephanie Safechuck recollects the first time she was asked if Jimmy might spend the night time in the popstar’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.”
However after being invited on tour, in an unexplained U-turn, Jimmy was allowed to share a lodge room with the star, whereas his parents slept subsequent door. It wasn’t long before her room was moved additional and further away from the star’s but she believed the purpose she was given – that there wasn’t a set nearer.

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

Jimmy’s mum stated: “’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

 Joy Robson in Leaving Neverland 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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Pleasure Robson in Leaving Neverland admitted she left her son alone with Jackson whereas the remainder of the household went to the Grand Canyon, days after meeting him

Director Dan Reed stood up for the parents in a current interview.

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

“It was a more innocent time back then. People weren’t talking about paedophilia so much, so it wasn’t something that came to mind,” he advised the i.

Where have been the dads at the time and where are they now?

James Safechuck Jr and wife Stephanie opened their house to Jacko and handled him like a son, after their seven-year-old gained a dance competitors to meet him.

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

 Michael with Joy Robson, Wade, Chantal and Dennis

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Michael with Joy Robson, Wade, Chantal and Dennis

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 but claimed he noticed nothing flawed in that.

James – who has a a lot smaller position in the programme than his spouse – stated he requested his son if there was any fact in the allegations that Jacko abused youngsters and informed 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 parents Stephanie and James Snr

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

Viewers have been shocked when the documentary advised how Wade’s mum, Pleasure, left her seven-year-old alone at his Neverland ranch for five days while the household went off to go to the Grand Canyon, allowing the pair to sleep in the similar bed room.

In the early 1990s, the Robsons determined to move to the US from Australia in order 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 however Joy 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 in the US, leaving their father alone, it proved too much to bear.

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

Why did James and Wade change their stories?

One thorny problem which was not addressed in the documentary was Wade and James’ previous testimony throughout the 1993 case the place Jackson was accused of molesting 13-year-old Jordan Chandler.

Each 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 at the centre of the 2005 courtroom case

James later stated he gave his statement after conferences with Jackson’s lawyer to undergo,  “rehearsed questions and testimony.”

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

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

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

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Wade caught the singer’s eye after copying his dance moves at 5

He stated: “I used to be psychologically and emotionally utterly unable and unwilling to understand 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 stated about breaking his silence until this documentary, “I want to speak the truth as loud as I spoke the lie.”

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

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

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

Former maid Blanca Francia, claimed to have witnessed Jackson showering with Wade Robson and also stated 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 in the midst of the Jordan Chandler allegations, armed members of robust South-Central L.A. gangs, including the notorious Bloods, moved into Neverland.

The purpose was to send a robust message to staff who may need thought-about co-operating  in the investigation as well as a warning to the the families of other boys.

In 2005, Adrian Marie McManus, one other maid informed the courtroom she noticed Jackson touching boys inappropriately — including 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 in the film

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

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

He advised the Huffington Publish: “What we have now 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.’”

What has Macaulay Culkin stated about his relationship with Jackson?

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

The child star turned close to Jackson after the 1990 movie Residence Alone made him a family identify and the start of the friendship adopted an identical pattern to that described by James and Wade – with long telephone calls, purchasing sprees and childlike games.

The distinction, he claimed in courtroom in 2005, was that the bed-sharing was utterly innocent and Jackson never 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 stated the relationship was “normal” and  “mundane”, adding: “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 stated: “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.”

Why did the world permit him to brazenly  parade his young ‘friends’ round?

In the 1990s, Jacko was often seen in the firm of young boys yet the music business and his legion of fans never questioned it as creepy or inappropriate.

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

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

The stories of his personal abuse, at the palms of his father, and a stolen childhood on tour with the Jackson Five made the picture all the extra 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 performance 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 stated:  “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 4 last night time and will conclude TONIGHT (March 7) at 9pm as it’s in two elements.

You possibly can watch half one NOW on 4 Catch Up.

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

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

Sufferer James Safechuck’s mum laughs whereas recalling Michael Jackson ‘abuse’  in Leaving Neverland

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