Entertainer Barbra Streisand has earned widespread criticism for her comments in reaction to a recent documentary revealing new claims of child sex abuse by the late Michael Jackson.
According to Fox News, the 73-year-old Streisand offered her controversial defense of Jackson during a recent interview with a British newspaper.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she claimed.
Streisand reportedly went on to express “a combination of feelings” on the matter, adding that she believes the allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the recent HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
She said she feels bad for the alleged victims and Jackson, offering a rebuke of parents by asking “who would allow their children to sleep with him?”
She went on to suggest that the accusers appeared to suffer no serious long-term effects from whatever abuse they claim occurred.
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard [Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there,” Streisand said. “They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
The remarks were quickly condemned by critics and fans alike, including a tweet from “Finding Neverland” director Dan Reed.
— Dan Reed (@danreed1000) March 22, 2019
“‘It didn’t kill them,'” he tweeted. “@BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!”
Streisand addressed the brewing backlash in a statement through her representative, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” the statement read. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Jackson estate has vigorously denied the allegations against him.
“Michael Jackson is innocent, period,” the estate asserted in addition to filing a reported $100 million lawsuit against the cable network.
“HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative,” Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said. “Had they made an objective film it would have allowed viewers to make up their own minds about these allegations, instead of having a television network dictate to them that they must accept these false claims about Michael Jackson.”
[Featured image: Barbra Streisand, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File]