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Michael Jackson’s accusers hit out at Dave Chappelle for ‘shaming sexual abuse victims’ in Netflix special

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film "Leaving Neverland" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
Wade (left) and James (right), pictured with Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed, have accused Jackson of abuse (Picture: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Michael Jackson’s accusers have spoken out after Dave Chappelle rubbished their allegations of sexual abuse against the late star.

Chappelle, 46, said that he does not believe Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that Jackson molested them as children. Jackson’s estate categorically denies the allegations.

In his new Netflix special Sticks & Stones, the stand-up star called the documentary Leaving Neverland, in which Safechuck and Robson went into their allegations in harrowing detail, ‘f***ing gross’, and said: ‘I’m gonna say something that I’m not allowed to say. But I gotta be real. I don’t believe these motherf***ers. I do not believe them.’

‘I don’t think he did it, but you know what? Even if he did do it … you know what I mean? I mean, it’s . I know more than half the people in this room have been molested in their lives, but it wasn’t no goddamn , was it? This kid got his d*** sucked by the King of Pop.

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‘You know how good it must have felt to go to school the next day after that s***?’

In the wake of the special, Safechuck told TMZ: ‘I’m heartbroken for all those children who look to see how they will be received when they finally find the courage to speak out about their sexual abuse.

Dave Chappelle Netflix special
Chappelle’s latest special defends ‘cancelled’ celebrities (Picture: Netflix)

‘I just want to reach out to other survivors and let them know that we can’t let this type of behaviour silence us. Together we are strong.’

And Robson’s lawyer Vince Finaldi said: ‘Although Mr. Chappelle is entitled to his opinions, however misinformed they may be, it’s unfortunate that he has chosen to use his platform to shame sexual abuse victims, and spread his ignorance of sexual abuse and the way it is perpetrated upon children, in an attempt to resurrect his career.’

However, the estate of Michael Jackson seems to be supporting Chappelle’s Netflix special.

In a statement shared with TMZ, co-executor of the King of Pop’s estate John Branca said: ‘We agree with Dave Chappelle – these guys are damn liars. After years of exploiting Michael’s generosity, they waited until he was gone and unable to defend himself before accusing him. They did this in secrecy. They did not do any independent investigation.

‘They interviewed only two guys out of the thousands who visited Neverland – oh, and surprise surprise – they are the only two with lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars. Why wasn’t their financial interest disclosed? The whole documentary is bogus. Robson and Safechuck are liars and they know the truth, which is why Dave’s comedy touched a nerve.’

MIchael Jackson raising his hand up in front of a red curtain at a press conference at the O2 Arena in London
Jackson’s estate has denied the allegations (Picture: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Robson and Safechuck were friends with Jackson when they were children, and danced on tour and starred in adverts alongside the Thriller singer.

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However, they allege they were sexually abused by the icon at his infamous ranch Neverland, where they often shared a room alone with Jackson.

Elsewhere on Chappelle’s stand-up special, he defended Kevin Hart, who stepped down from hosting the Oscars after historic homophobic tweets were found on his Twitter account.

Chappelle said: ‘I don’t know what you know about Kevin, but I know that Kevin Hart is damn-near perfect. As close to perfect as anybody I’ve ever seen. In fact, Kevin is precisely four tweets shy of being perfect.’

And the comic also joked about the transgender community, claiming that a trans person is the equivalent of a Chinese person being stuck in a black man’s body – a ‘joke’ accompanied by an impression of a Chinese person.

Sticks & Stones is now streaming on Netflix.

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