Michael Jackson accuser James Safechuck claims his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley was all for show
In HBO's 'Leaving Neverland,' Safechuck claims that the late musician's relationships with women was meant to divert attention from child abuse allegations
Michael Jackson reportedly told one of his accusers that the relationships he had with women, including his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, was all for show.
In HBO's new documentary 'Leaving Neverland', James "Jimmy" Safechuck revealed that the late pop star told him that he might have to be seen with women or appear as one end of a romantic couple with some, but it was all for show.
Safechuck also claimed that Jackson bought his family a house after they had testified in his defense at a trial where the musician was accused of sexually assaulting another child, Jordan Chandler.
The 'show' that Jackson had to keep up became extremely important post the Chandler lawsuit, which had been reportedly settled for around $23 million. Safechuck claims that Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994 immediately after the trial to keep up the image.
After hitching with Presley, Jackson decided to cut off all ties with Jimmy and the Safechuck family even though Jimmy was fully dependent on him, as the star had advised his parents to remove him from school.
Referring to his relationship with Michael in his teen years, Safechuck shared, “He would just call every once in a while. He gave me a car when I turned 16. I was very much into filmmaking and he got me filmmaking classes.”
“Michael tells you- you don't need school, no one who ever did anything good went to school,” Safechuck continued. “And he talked to my parents because I was in some of the advanced classes and he said you don't need math. So he convinced my parents to pull me out of some of the advanced classes,” he added. Jackson then allegedly assured the family saying, “Don't worry, I'll be there.”
However, that ended when Michael shockingly announced his wedding to Lisa in 1994. “He is making you depend on him, like don't go get an education, I'll take care of it. And then when he went away it pretty much derailed and I was kind of lost.”
While all this was happening, Michael had been telling Safechuck that these relationships were all for show. “I remember Michael saying he was going to have to have these public relationships with women so people wouldn't think anything,” Safechuck claimed. “He would always say he was going to get married. He said, "One day I am going to have to go get married but it wasn't going to mean anything.”
James mother Stephanie Safechuck shared that she was very much under Jackson’s spell and did not realize that he had written off the loan which he had given to the Safechuck family to purchase a house after she and her husband gave depositions in his support.
She revealed that once the family had met with the lawyers and also finished off the depositions, he forgave the loan which he had given to the family. “'So one day, I got a phone call from Michael and he said, ‘Stephanie I'm not going to be able to come around as often’. I hung up, I went to my husband and I said: 'We've just been dumped.'"
Stepahanie also spoke how it felt when the relationship ended, seven years after Jackson met Safechuck during a Pepsi commercial. “It was an emptiness. I loved him, he was one of my children, so it was a child leaving the home,” she said.