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UPDATED: Barbra Streisand Apologizes For Her Michael Jackson Comments, Says She Feels Sympathy For Jackson’s Accusers

March 23, 2019 | Posted by Ashish
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UPDATED: Barbra Streisand is walking back her controversial comments. She told the Washington Post, “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 stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

She also issued a statement apologizing: “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully.”

“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

ORIGINAL: In an interview with The Times of London (h/t New York Post), Barba Streisand said that the two men accusing Jackson of sexually abusing them as children in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary were “thrilled to be there” and that the abuse “didn’t kill them.” She added that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand said. “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say [grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

She added that she feels bad for Robson and Safechuck, as well as Jackson, and that she blames the parents for letting their kids sleep with him.

“I feel bad for the children,” she said. “I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed took to Twitter to respond to Streisand’s comments.