Streisand believes that they were molested, but she added that they were also “thrilled” to be at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch when they were allegedly repeatedly assaulted, she told the London Times in an interview published Friday.
She also said she blamed the parents of molested children.
In the disturbing HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, detailed what they say happened to them as young boys when they visited Jackson.
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children … were thrilled to be there,” said Streisand, 76. “They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
She said the boys’ experience was “painful,” but she added she also feels “sorry” for Jackson.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she told the newspaper.
“I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him,” she added.
Streisand met Jackson a “couple of times” and described him as “very sweet, very childlike.” She turned down his offer to sing a duet on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”
The singer spoke up for the Me Too movement, calling it “powerful.” But she warned that women might not be hired because men will “worry they’ll be attacked,” apparently meaning with accusations of sexual misconduct.
The Twitter backlash was swift.
Dan Reed, the director of “Finding Neverland,” asked simply: “Did you really say that?”
Oh god no. This is horrible. I feel sick. @BarbraStreisand is my idol and I look up to her so much. This breaks my heart that she would say this. Because this is such a wrong and hurtful thing to say. Ugh. https://t.co/emlO9qAxCW
— Camilla (@Camilla_33) March 22, 2019