Barbra Streisand Clarifies Her 'Leaving Neverland' Comments: 'I Feel Nothing But Sympathy For Them'
In a statement released on Saturday (March 23), Streisand is adamant that she does not condone the behavior Jackson is accused of perpetrating in the documentary, which details the experiences of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that Jackson sexually abused and groomed them as children.
"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," her statement reads. "The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them."
She went on to further address the parents of Robson and Safechuck, who also appear in Leaving Neverland. Previously, Streisand said that she felt "bad for the children," and that their parents were partially culpable in regards to what allegedly happened with Jackson: "I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him."
In her new statement, she underlines that point while stressing that the parents were also victims in this: "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.”
In an additional apology on her website, Streisand said that the original comments to The Times "do not reflect my true feelings."
“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings," she writes. "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.”