Oprah Winfrey is aware of what she’s getting herself into.
The media mogul admitted that she’s ready for some backlash with her new special, After Neverland, an interview with two males who’ve accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them after they had been younger boys. Through the present’s taping on Wednesday on the New York Occasions Heart, she informed the viewers that she was conscious of the controversy she was strolling into.
“I’m gonna get it,” Winfrey stated, per Variety. The discuss present host additionally argued, nevertheless, that the problem of sexual abuse is just too necessary to stay silent, regardless of how a lot it could anger followers of Jackson’s.
“This film transcends Michael Jackson,” she informed the gang, which consisted of greater than 100 abuse survivors. “It permits us to see societal corruption.”
In accordance with Selection, Winfrey made it clear in the course of the taping that she believes Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who joined her on stage. The director of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary, Dan Reed, was additionally current on the program, which can air on March 4.
“Beware of people that simply need to be round your youngsters,” Winfrey stated in the course of the taping. Leaving Neverland has been met with pushback from the Jackson household and the singer’s property, which has issued strong rebukes of the movie to ET, calling it a “lurid manufacturing.”
“This so-called ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” their assertion learn. “It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would contain himself with this undertaking.”
The property additionally filed a $100 million lawsuit in opposition to HBO in February, claiming the community violated a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract it had with Jackson and that the documentary is nothing however “unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an harmless man now not right here to defend himself.”
In Leaving Neverland, Safechuck and Robson — now married adults with sons of their very own — allege they engaged in sexual relationships with Jackson that began when each had been underage, 10 and seven years previous, respectively. In on-camera interviews, they recall how they every first met the music icon and later, turned nearer and nearer with him.
Whereas Safechuck and Robson beforehand testified in Jackson’s protection throughout a 1993 civil swimsuit, each categorical regrets within the HBO documentary for that call, and have since come ahead with their very own allegations of prolonged abuse. Robson was additionally served a subpoena and testified at Jackson’s 2003 legal case.