‘Facts don’t lie, but paedophiles do’: Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed hits back at Michael Jackson ‘truthers’ who refuse to believe the pop star was a child abuser
The director of the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland has fired back at Michael Jackson ‘truthers’ who refuse to believe the pop star was a paedophile.
The two-part HBO series featured disturbing allegations by Wade Robson and James Safechuck that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
In the weeks since Leaving Neverland aired, devoted fans of the ‘King of Pop’ have leapt to his defence by staging protests and launching a campaign against the film.
But speaking on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show, filmmaker Dan Reed refuted claims Michael Jackson is being falsely accused, and even mocked his supporters’ campaign slogan, ‘Facts don’t lie. People do’.
‘I interviewed police investigators and none of them had any doubt at all about his guilt,’ Reed said.
‘I did a massive amount of research – there’s no doubt at all Jackson was lying for a long time. Facts don’t lie, but paedophiles do.’
Two-part HBO series Leaving Neverland featured disturbing allegations by Australian-born Wade Robson (pictured with Jackson) and James Safechuck that Jackson abused them when they were children
Reed, who is better known for his investigations into war and crime, also told of how his unlikely partnership with Jackson’s accusers came about.
‘It was completely accidental, he said. ‘I approached them [Robson and Safechuck] through their lawyers and they decided to meet me.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Reed said he disagreed with radio stations that have decided to stop playing Jackson’s songs following the accusations.
Fans of the ‘King of Pop’ have leapt to his defence in the form of public protests since the documentary aired earlier this month, but director Dan Reed has now hit back (pictured)
‘The aim was never to topple Jackson from his pedestal,’ Reed said. ‘I wasn’t trying to get Michael Jackson or his music banned.
‘People need to face up to the fact he was a paedophile, but continue to separate the art from the man.’
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‘People need to face up to the fact he was a paedophile, but continue to separate the art from the man,’ Reed said (pictured Wade Robson in documentary)
‘The aim was never to topple Jackson from his pedestal,’ Reed, 54, said (pictured Jackson with other accuser James Safechuck)