'Leaving Neverland' may have made some shocking revelations about the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, but there will always be someone to defend the pop star's reputation. Jackson's longest-serving nanny, Grace Rwaramba, took it upon herself to defend him against all the accusations of sexual abuse which were highlighted in the documentary.
She claimed, that working for the pop star for almost 12 years has assured her that it was not possible for him to get away with any such inappropriate act without any of his employees ever noticing it.
In a lengthy statement released to ABC News, Grace Rwaramba – the former nanny to Jackson’s children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II (known as ‘Blanket’), described her former boss as hopelessly naïve to manipulation to the point where he would easily believe anyone and incapable of hurting children.
Speaking with ABC News, she said, “If Michael harmed Wade Robson and James Safechuck, they have my deepest sympathy and compassion. I don’t claim to know what happened between Michael and his accusers. I wasn’t there.” Rwaramba was referring to the two men who stated their accounts in the infamous documentary.
She continued, "However, because Michael is no longer here to defend himself, and because I have a unique view of him and the life he lived, I feel compelled to speak out against what I firmly believe to be false claims. The person that Wade and James describe is not the person that I knew. He was trusting to the point of extreme naivete; always assuming the best intentions in everyone. While he was far from perfect, in my over twelve years of living with Michael, knowing him and his lifestyle intimately, I never saw or experienced anything that led me to suspect that he was capable of child sexual abuse.”
However, Rwaramba's statement immediately backfired, as the attorney of the two men, Vince Finaldi, stated, "Ms. Rwaramba admits in her statement that she does not know what happened between Michael and his accusers. As a longtime employee of MJJ productions, she has a vested interest in defending Jackson and his estate."
He further explained, "It is sad that she had chosen to disparage a victim of child sexual assault and his family in order to do so. This is a continuation of the campaign of false information, character assassination, victim blaming and shaming that the Jackson corporate lawyers heap on any child or adult who speaks the truth about Mr. Jackson’s sexual behavior with children. These attacks have kept many of Mr. Jackson’s victims silent. It will not stop Wade or James from speaking the truth.”
Rwaramba also said in her statement that there was an "army" of people working at Jackson’s California ranch whenever Jackson was there and that it would have been quite difficult for the iconic artist to molest visiting children among a sea of people like this.
“I was at Neverland when many of the family friends would come and go," Rwaramba said in the statement. "At any given time, anywhere between 60 to 100 employees worked in security, maintenance, housekeeping, grounds, the kitchen, and many other roles. Maintaining the ranch in such immaculate shape took an entire army of workers that were always around.”
James Safechuck, one of Jackson's accusers claims that the Neverland Ranch was bought for him by Jackson and where he abused him "every day." In HBO's documentary 'Leaving Neverland', James shared that at the time Jackson had told him that he had bought the mansion house for his new friend. "We were the first guests he had to go to Neverland," Stephanie, James' mother had shared. "It was a fairytale every night." However, that fairytale soon turned into something ugly for James who alleges that Jackson raped as well as sexually assaulted him in various hiding spots all over the property. According to James, there were around 10 spots where he was sexually assaulted by Jackson.