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Michael Jackson’s Family Calls ‘Leaving Neverland’ a ‘Public Lynching’

Michael Jackson‘s family is fuming over the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, and believes the public is roasting the King of Pop over allegations because he’s not alive to defend himself.

“Michael Jackson is our brother and son. We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity,” the Jackson family said in a strongly worded statement.

MJ’s siblings say, “People have always loved to go after Michael. He was an easy target because he was unique. But Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT,” adding, “There has never been one piece of proof of anything.”

As we reported, the estate of Michael Jackson has also condemned the film, which received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival after turning a spotlight on the alleged sexual abuse experienced by Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were children.

Jackson’s family has long defended him from the public scrutiny regarding the allegations, and now they proclaim, “we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.”

None of Jackson’s family members, nor the estate, have taken legal action against “Leaving Neverland” or director Dan Reed.

Read the full statement below from the Jackson family.

“Michael Jackson is our brother and son. We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity. We are proud of what Michael Jackson stands for.

People have always loved to go after Michael. He was an easy target because he was unique. But Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT. There has never been one piece of proof of anything. Yet the media is eager to believe these lies.

Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way. But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.

The creators of this film were not interested in the truth. They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it’s not fair, ­yet the media are perpetuating these stories.

But the truth is on our side. Go do your research about these opportunists. The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations.”