Michael Jackson’s former music video producer reportedly believes the accusations of sexual abuse made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the men who alleged the King of Pop robbed them of their childhood in the documentary film Leaving Neverland. In the wake of the film’s HBO debut and the subsequent special hosted by Oprah Winfrey at the documentary’s conclusion, Rudi Dolezal says he “understands” why both Robson and Safechuck defended Jackson when first asked about the alleged abuse.
Page Six reported that Dolezal first met Jackson when he filmed the singer’s “Dangerous” tour in Munich in 1992. He said to the news outlet in response to allegations that Jackson sexually preyed on young boys in the documentary film that he “[believes] almost every word.”
“It’s brilliant work,” Dolezal added.
Both Robson and Safechuck did not come forward initially because of fear of threats by Jackson’s fans. The men have been attacked on social media and online since Leaving Neverland aired by fans who seem to have difficulty separating the alleged actions of the man from the music he made.
“Nobody would stop Michael,” Dolezal said. “It’s hard to believe an icon is a con. If the Michael Jackson legend is destroyed by this, the person responsible is Michael Jackson — no one else.”
Jackson’s accusers both agreed during the documentary that the singer and songwriter was a brilliant performer, but that did not overshadow the events that purportedly transpired between Robson, Safechuck, and the singer, who allegedly molested the boys beginning when they were just 7- and 10-years old.
Leaving Neverland pulled the curtain back on Jackson’s alleged relationships with both the boys and their families. It also dove into the reasons why both Robson and Safechuck never came forward initially with their claims, the “grooming” that allegedly occurred with both the boys and their parents so they would be allowed to sleep in the same bed with Jackson, and the claims that there were others that stayed silent about abuse due to fear of retribution.
Dolezal also revealed the following shocking personal allegations regarding the singer to Page Six.
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Reposted from @metoomvmt - Leaving Neverland premieres tomorrow night, 8pm on HBO. The two-part documentary explores the separate but parallel experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were befriended by Michael Jackson when they were just 10 and 7 years old, respectively. We are glad to be among the network of organizations (@1in6org, @rainn, @childhood.usa, @d2lorg, MOSAC, @safehorizon, @itsonus, @worldchildhoodfoundation) who contributed to the viewing support guide, produced by @HBO. Before watching, please consider reading the guide (the link is in our bio) and creating a personal care plan. Regardless of where you stand, this is an important topic that deserves our attention. We need to talk about men as survivors of sexual abuse. We need to talk about child sexual abuse, grooming, and trauma. We need to show up for each other. #disruptsexualviolence #endsexualabuse #believesurvivors #leavingneverland - #regrann
He alleged that Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, once told him that he “trained” a 4-year-old Michael to be quicker with his dance steps by putting him on a hot stovetop barefoot. Dolezal also alleged that the reason Jackson had so much plastic surgery was that he didn’t want to look like his father. Perhaps his most strange allegation of all was that Jackson would never be filmed unless he was performing, stating that he didn’t “have a nose” because so much cartilage had been removed that the King of Pop had to wear a prosthetic piece on his face.
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Reposted from @pulsemedia_ - Leaving Neverland, Dan Reed’s two-part, four-hour documentary focusing on two men who claimed that Michael Jackson had abused them as children, opens with a disclaimer about “graphic” descriptions of sexual acts involving underage participants. And after hearing these subjects recount in horrifying detail what they say took place in various hotels, houses and on the Neverland Ranch, it’s hard not to feel that you’ve experienced post-traumatic stress disorder yourself. During a 10-minute intermission, audience members appeared slightly dazed. By the end of the screening, the crowd looked completely shellshocked. #swipeleft #sundancefilmfestival #LeavingNeverland #rollingstone - #regrann
Dolezal is currently writing a book about late Queen singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury, titled My Friend Freddie.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org.