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Perhaps predictably, Barbra Streisands remark to The Times of London that alleged molestation “didnt kill” Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck hasnt gone over well. Streisands comments on Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland inspired a torrent of social-media outrage, pushing the singer to issue both a clarifying statement and an apology over Instagram.

“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,” Streisands statement reads. “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. Its clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

Streisand tackled accusations in Leaving Neverland in an interview with the Times published Friday, noting that while she believed Robson and Safechuck were molested, she did not believe the experience had impacted them permanently. Jacksons “sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she said. “You can say molested, but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there.Read More

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