New evidence suggests Michael Jackson accuser James Safechuck might have been telling the truth about 'train station' sex abuse
The "rape room" in the debate involving late singer Michael Jackson has now taken a new twist amid reports that two biographers are claiming that there was definitely a train station at the Neverland ranch during the time that Jacko accuser James Safechuck said he was abused. Safechuck also said that the abuse had stopped in 1992 but fans of the singer claim that he wasn't telling the truth because the train station hadn't been built on the property until late 1993.
Mirror Online reports that the already convoluted story has taken on a new twist as it has merged that both the Jackson biographers wrote about a completely different station which was there on the grounds in 1990. Both of them have spoken about how Jackson unveiled his mansion that year and invited members of the public and the press to go and take a look.
Former bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard both describe there being a train station during the unveiling in the book, 'Remembering The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days'. They wrote: "In 1990, Michael Jackson opened the gates of his Neverland Valley Ranch to the public for the first time... Neverland's visitors entered the ranch at its train station, boarding a steam engine that took them up to the main house."
A second claim of the train station came from Randall Sullivan in 'Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson'. He wrote: "Reporters invited to tour Neverland at the 1990 public unveiling most often began by inspecting the towering statue of Mercury (the Roman God of profit, trade, and commerce) in the drive of the mansion. Then climbed a hill out back that led to a near replica of the Main Street train station at Disneyland, with a floral clock that was more magnificent than the one Walt Disney had designed for his own park."
Sullivan's claims, however, was slammed by fellow Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe, who claimed that Sullivan had never gone to the ranch and that he was basing his description on a 2003 video that was taken by the Sheriff's Department.
Smallcombe tweeted: "A handful of people are citing something in Randall Sullivan’s book saying Neverland’s train station existed in 1990. Sullivan assumed the station was there then - his description of what Neverland might have looked like to visitors then, is based on a 2003 sheriff’s dept video. He also sourced the construction permits for the 1993 train station, which proved the building work was approved in September '93."
The biographer then referring to the 'Remembering The Time' book, said: "The Remember The Time bodyguards book was a collaboration with a ghostwriter. That ghostwriter, like Sullivan, said Neverland itself opened to the public in 1990, except he did not specifically say the train station was there in that year."
Safechuck claimed in the lawsuit against the Jackson Estate that he was abused by the star from 1988 till 1992 when he was only 14-years-old. Smallcombe told Mirror Online in a previous interview that the train station issue had proved that his story was false.
He said: "The deficiency in Safechuck’s story is this - construction on Neverland’s train station didn’t start until the latter part of 1993, and it didn’t open until the first part of 1994 when Safechuck was 16. So abuse in the train station wasn’t possible if the abuse stopped in 1992, as he claims in his testimony, as it didn't even exist then. There's a two-year difference." The singer had apparently been away on the Dangerous Tour at the time and then went to rehab in London when the station was being constructed in 1993.
Smallcombe's allegations prompted a response from the director of 'Leaving Neverland' documentary as he took to defending Safechuck yet again. He tweeted: "Progress - the stans seem to have conceded that Safechuck was molested and are now debating which rooms at Neverland the sex took place in + James' age when it stopped. How about adding up total number of nights MJ slept with other people's sons: was it hundreds or thousands?"
He added more tweets saying: "1. James Safechuck was at Neverland both before and after the construction of the train station there. The two still photos of the station shown in #leavingneverland were in fact taken by James, who is very clear that he was abused by Jackson in multiple places over many years."
"2. #leavingneverland also makes clear that sexual contact between James and #MichaelJackson continued until James Safechuck was in his teenage years. The station at Neverland is just one of the many locations where James remembers sexual activity taking place."