Michael Jackson's fans want his accusers to undergo lie-detector test to prove child abuse claims once and for all
'Leaving Neverland' featured interviews with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck who gave gruesome details about their abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who spoke about their ordeals on new HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', have reportedly been asked to take lie detector tests to put an end to the scandal once and for all.
Viewers of the controversial documentary which was directed by Dan Reed have expressed their desire to collect proof for themselves that Robson, 36, and Safechuck, 40, are not lying about their sexual abuse claims. Fans asked experts to settle the allegations once and for all, The Sun reported.
One user wrote: "My verdict is still out on this one but... This show is four hours long... You get 20 minutes on the Jeremy Kyle show. Stick the two guys and the mum who keeps laughing on a lie detector and see what that finds." Another wrote: "A lie detector would prove their story one way or another."
The documentary left quite a lot of its audience with no doubt over the superstar's guilt but Jackson's most ardent fans have continued to defend him. The documentary mostly featured the two accusers talk about their alleged abuse at the hands of the late pop icon.
'Leaving Neverland' featured gruesome descriptions of child sex abuse which apparently left many feeling so physically ill that they had to switch the whole thing off, according to Mirror. Robson and Safechuck also explained why they could never come out with stories of their abuse before this.
Both Robson and Safechuck agreed that they were able to speak out against Jackson because they went on to have children of their own. "You don't connect with yourself as a child," Safechuck said. "You don't have any sympathy for yourself or empathy. There's a disconnect, and you're like, 'I don't relate to that kid.' But when you have your own kid, it's a way for you to bridge that. You see yourself in him and you can see what kids are actually like."
Nonetheless, 'Leaving Neverland' caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who had previously highlighted the topic of child sexual abuse in 217 different episodes on her network. Winfrey, in what was deemed to be a controversial move, invited Robson, Safechuck, and Reed to talk further about the documentary. The former two spoke at length about why they took so long to come out with their stories.
Robson explained the reason he testified in Jackson's defense during his mid-2000s trial was because of how he had been "trained" by Jackson from the moment he met the singer. "Anything that Michael was going to say to me was gospel," Robson said. "From the first night on, he started training me for what ended up happening when I was 22 with the trials."