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Diana Ross speaks out in support of Michael Jackson

PLEA: Diana Ross

DIANA ROSS has expressed her support for Michael Jackson and called for an end to accusations made against him.

The singer has spoken out to share her views on Jackson after Leaving Neverland, a documentary that explores sexual abuse allegations against the King of Pop aired.

“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,” she tweeted.

Ross’ comments, which referenced her hit song with the Supremes, follow statements of support from Barbra Streisand, which she later retracted.

In a recent interview with The Times, Streisand said: “[His] sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”

She added: “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Streisand has since apologised for her comments.

“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. 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,” she said in a statement.

Ross and Streisand are two of the most high profile celebrities to publicly support Jackson in the wake of the allegations made in the new documentary. Oprah Winfrey has expressed her support for the two accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who she interviewed for the programme After Neverland.

“This moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption. It’s like a scourge on humanity and it’s happening right now. It’s happening in families,” Winfrey said.

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