The 76-year-old singer and actor told British newspaper The Times of Londonthat the two main subjects of documentary ‘Leaving Neverland,’ now-adults Wade Robson and James Safechuck, ‘were thrilled to be there’ as children and whatever happened to them ‘didn’t kill them’.
The recently released ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary is about how Robson and Safechuck, now in their 30s, say Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, sexually abused them from the ages of seven and 10, respectively.
Streisand said she believes the victims’ claims, but felt bad for both them and Jackson, adding that Jackson’s ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’ and the blame should lie with the boys’ parents.
The director and producer of that film, British filmmaker Dan Reed, joined many in being appalled at Streisand’s remarks.
Streisand apparently did say ‘it didn’t kill them’, and much more about Jackson, who she crossed paths with throughout their careers, and his accusers.
‘You can say “molested,” but those children, as you heard [grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them,’ she said.
‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.’
In an interview that covered a wide range of topics including cloning her dogs, her tendency to stay up until 4am and upcoming concerts in the United Kingdom, she also expressed how she felt sorry for both the boys and Jackson, who died after going into cardiac arrest from ingesting a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs.
‘I feel bad for the children,’ she said, of Robson and Safechuck. ‘I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?’