Since the premiere of “Leaving Neverland,” many people, including rapper T.I., have shared their views on the HBO documentary, which uncovers allegations of sexual abuse by pop star Michael Jackson.
The Atlanta artist recently took to Instagram to discuss the film, which delves into Jackson’s history of alleged sexual abuse against children. He posted a video of a never-before-heard interview of Jackson, where the singer said he would never harm children.
T.I. said Jackson is no longer able to speak for himself and blasted the new film for being one-sided.
“Let this man speak for himself to defend his legacy. Don’t just listen to one side and expect to find truth. Oh that’s right...Dead men can’t speak,” he wrote.
He also alluded to docuseries like “Leaving Neverland” only highlighting the alleged crimes of black celebrities rather than those of white stars who’ve faced allegations.
“It’s several examples of pedophilia in American History... if y’all pulling up all our old [expletive]... we gotta examine ELVIS PRESLEY, HUGH HEPHNER,and a whole slew of others guilty of the same if not more!!! BUT WHY US all the time?” he wrote. “There’s an agenda to destroy OUR CULTURE.”
The subjects in “Leaving Neverland,” James Safechuck and Wade Robson, had previously denied Jackson sexually abused them. However, they said they decided to come out with their stories of abuse after the singer’s death and having their own children.
Reviews have called the documentary “devastating and credible.” The film has created doubt for some of Jackson’s fans, who span the world, about whether he did sexually abuse children as was alleged by several families in the 1990s.
Jackson is one of the most successful entertainers ever. He has sold more than 350 million albums. His public career spanned four decades. He died on June 25, 2009, of cardiac arrest. He was 50.
“Leaving Neverland” is streaming now on HBO.
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