Michael Jackson’s former rabbi supports Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s sexual abuse claims in Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson’s former rabbi, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, doesn’t think Wade Robson and James Safechuck are lying in Leaving Neverland over their claims they were sexually abused by the star...


Michael Jackson’s former rabbi, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, doesn’t think Wade Robson and James Safechuck are lying in Leaving Neverland over their claims they were sexually abused by the star. The controversial documentary explores the allegations against Michael in graphic details, with Robson and Safechuck recalling their experience with the Billie Jean hit-maker and the sexual abuse he allegedly subjected them to. Leaving Neverland left viewers divided, with some supporting Robson and Safechuck’s stories while others jumped to the defence of MJ and branded the doc ‘one-sided’. The Michael Jackson estate is suing HBO for $100million over the documentary and his family have continuously denied the allegations made against him. Having his say, Rabbi Boteach has sided with Michael’s accusers and says he “doesn’t believe these men are lying.”

The Mirror reports Boteach appeared on Australian news show A Current Affair and said of Leaving Neverland: “I don’t believe these men are lying, and I don’t believe that the shame and guilt being experienced by their parents in general – maybe their mothers, in particular – is feigned. We’ve never heard allegations that were this detailed. We’ve never really seen the faces of the accusers as they make these allegations and we’ve never really heard the family members who had to shoulder that pain. Boteach was good friends with Michael after being introduced to the singer by a mutual friend in 1999. Two years later he cut ties with Michael after the star was accused of and charged for child sex abuse. Jackson was later acquitted following a trial in 2005. I wasn’t a hanger on. I was a rabbi and I felt that I had to leave and that’s when I severed our relationship,” Boteach said.

“I didn’t know if to believe it or not. We didn’t know. What I did know was, that regardless of whether it was true or not, Michael could never again really be around children.” Leaving Neverland aired in the UK and the US earlier this month and both Michael and his accusers have faced backlash following its broadcast.

Source: MetroUK



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