“Let Him Rest” Jermaine Jackson Speaks Out Against Leaving Neverland Documentary
Earlier this month, we reported that there was a Michael Jackson documentary that would seek to expose the alleged child victims of his sexual assault during Jackson’s infamous slumber parties.
Since then, the documentary was screened at the Sundance Festival. The reviews have trickled in and from what I’ve seen people have been traumatized. So much so that one Twitter user said there were counselors outside of the theater to speak to audience members who were effected by the things they saw in the documentary.
The documentary features testimony from two men Wade Robson and James Safechuck over the course of four hours.
And as you might assume, the Jackson family hasn’t been too pleased about the documentary’s release. In a recent interview, Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother and former bandmate, shared his thoughts on the project, likening it to a public lynching.
“Wade [Robson] changed his story that he maintained before and after Michael’s death. He tried to shop a book deal, no publisher would touch it. He even sued the estate for 1.5 billion, it was tossed out of court. He wanted to go out for the head choreography part for Cirque du Soleil. He was turned down from that. What was left for him to do was to do a documentary and spew out these nonsense statements.
Those were slumber parties. And what they didn’t tell you was there were little girls there, even with their parents, their uncles and they were sitting down watching movies.
We lost Michael. We lost a father. We’re still mourning. We lost a lot. Just leave us alone. Leave him alone. Let him rest please. Let him rest. He deserves to rest.”
Later, Jackson tweeted this.
In response to Jackson, Dan Reed, the director of Leaving Neverland, said he totally understands why the Jackson family would want this project to go away.
“They have a very precious asset to protect. Every time a song plays, a cash register goes ‘ka-ching.’ It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come out fighting in defense of their asset.”
You can watch Jermaine’s interview defending his brother in the video below.