Monday, August 15, 2022

Oprah Says She Never Wavered in Support of Michael Jackson’s Accusers

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*Oprah Winfrey sat down with “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and discussed the backlash she faced over her support of HBO’s Michael Jackson documentary series “Leaving Neverland.”

The doc features testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who both allege Jackson molested them when they were children.

“When I first saw that documentary, I realized a lot of people were going to get triggered watching it, and that a lot of people will not understand what the pattern is,” Oprah told Noah. “Because I had done 217 shows [on The Oprah Winfrey Show] trying to get people to understand that it’s not about one person, it’s about the pattern, it’s about the seduction. People called it molestation but there is a big seducing that goes on and the pattern of that seducing. And that was important enough to me to take the hateration.”

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Noah asked whether Oprah had ever wavered in her beliefs after the documentary’s director admitted that are discrepancies in one of the accuser’s stories.

“I have not wavered,” she responded. “You know why I have not wavered? I’ve had girls at my school who were sexually assaulted and abused. And I have never won a case, and the reason I have never won a case is because when you put a girl on the witness stand and she can’t remember if it was Thursday or Wednesday, it’s automatically discredited. When you’re in the midst of trauma, you may not remember the exact time.”

She noted that when a victim is unable to remember certain details about the timeline of alleged assault then “everyone’s like ‘well, okay, I guess it never happened.’ I’ve been through that, so, no.”

Jackson defenders accused Oprah of not presenting a fair balance of both sides of the story during a interview with the alleged victims.

“After the attention is no longer on this film, this is something I will be dealing with for the rest of my life,” Safechuck told Oprah during that interview. “Forgiveness is not a line that you cross-it’s a road that you take.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I have admired Oprah for the most part, for many years but in this instance I don’t think she did justice to the truth! Comparing her girls who were molested to MJ’s accusers is a poor analogy. It’s one thing to misstate a day or a date but it’s a whole new ballgame when an accuser states where and when he was molested when the place he claims it took place was not even built for a couple of years after the alleged molestation took place. If Oprah truly wanted to get the truth she could have investigated the recorded phone call from one of the accusers fathers in which he stated that if he didn’t get what he wanted from MJ, he would make accusations that would ruin MJ. At the very least in the interest of fairness one would think Oprah would have at least tried to get an opposing point of view. She should contact Uri Gellar to learn what MJ told him while under hypnosis regarding the accusations against him. I’ve lost some respect for Oprah as I suspect many have.

    • I agree. There is so many lies until it is not funny. Regardless the lies are coming out and Oprah and no one can stop and will look stupid in the end. People are sick of this rushing to judge mentality bandwagon.

  2. Oprah is full of it. These men defended Michael for years. James was more than about some time, it is about a whole train station which he went into detail and that trains did NOT exist. Oprah did this for ratings plains and simple. Did she do anything on Harvey Weinstein? What about Roman Polanski and REAL people who abused kids? NO she did not. And how many of your girls at your school defended the person who allege abused them on the stand as well? NONE.

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