Diana Ross Asks Michael Jackson Critics to 'Stop in the Name of Love' Amid Sexual Abuse Claims

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Michael Jackson and Diana Ross photographed in 1984 during 11th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Diana Ross is asking Michael Jackson critics to "stop in the name of love" amid resurfaced claims of sexual abuse stemming from the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.

The former Supremes frontwoman, who had a close relationship with Jackson since he was a child, shared her thoughts about the King of Pop on Twitter Saturday (March 23).  

"This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE," Ross tweeted, referencing the Supremes' chart-topping hit.

Jackson fended off numerous allegations of sexual abuse against children during his successful career, but recent claims in HBO's candid, hard hitting Leaving Neverland has brought the controversial subject back into the spotlight in recent months.

The four-hour, two-part series, directed by Dan Reed, chronicles allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The two men claim Jackson lured them in as children by showering their families with attention and gifts, and promises of helping boost the boys' careers in entertainment.

The late pop star's estate and other family members have vehemently denied the claims brought forth in Leaving Neverland.