Madonna says she hasn’t seen HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary alleging child sex abuse, but she believes Michael Jackson is innocent.
She offered her thoughts in a wide-ranging interview for the June 2019 issue of ‘British Vogue.’
The Dan Reed-directed takedown — which profiles the two adult men who made new allegations that the late music icon sexually abused them as children — has been the subject of much debate since debuting in late January on the premium cable channel. His music was banned from radio stations in Canada, New Zealand and Australia in the wake of the two-part film’s airing.
Madonna, who once was a rival and then friend of Jackson’s, said she didn’t watch the film, and that she didn’t want to take the claims at face value.
“I don’t have a lynch-mob mentality, so in my mind, people are innocent until proven guilty,” the “Material Girl” singer said. “I’ve had a thousand accusations hurled at me that are not true. So my attitude when people tell me things about people is, ‘Can you prove it?’ ”
When probed further about what some have interpreted as proof of Jackson’s guilt in the film, she replied, “I don’t know, I haven’t seen the film. But I guess it would be people recounting actual events ? but then, of course, people sometimes lie.”
“So I always say, ‘What’s the agenda? What do people want out of this? Are there people asking for money, is there some kind of extortion thing happening?’ ” she added. “I would take all of those things into consideration.”
Both groundbreaking artists who achieved astronomical success in the 1980s, Madonna and Jackson became the biggest pop culture icons in history. In 1991, they went on a date to the Oscars and created a feeding frenzy with the paparazzi culture.
When Jackson died in 2009, Madonna eulogized him during the “MTV Video Music Awards” special tribute.
“My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare, and there will never be anyone like him again,” she shared. “He was a king.”
After Barbra Streisand put her foot in her mouth, we’re surprised Madonna touched on MJ at all.