John Carpenter, The Lawyer For The Two Men Criticizes Michael Jackson Biopic Amid Abuse Allegations

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The lawyer for two men who are suing the late singer for child abuse described the new Michael Jackson biopic as “propaganda.”

With the upcoming spring release of the movie, John Carpenter charged that Jackson’s businesses were trying to “rewrite the history of what Michael Jackson did to maximise profits.”

Carpenter, who represents Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two of Jackson’s accusers, claimed that the late King of Pop’s abuse was “worse than you know.”

He claimed that rather than facing the facts, the Jackson family was attempting to “demonize the victims” in order to preserve the singer’s reputation.

According to people familiar with the case, Jackson may suffer a further setback when entirely new witnesses who have never spoken before could be called at trial.

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Before passing away at the age of 50 in 2009, Jackson owned and managed two companies, which Robson and Safechuck are suing.

The case could take place in Los Angeles before or around the time the new Jackson biopic ‘Michael’ is released in April next year.

With support from Michael Jackson’s estate, Antoine Fuqua’s film will star Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson as the King of Pop.

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However, draft versions of the script have already generated controversy since they seem to downplay Jackson’s alleged abuse of underage boys.

A successful Broadway production has contributed to the recent increase in Jackson’s popularity by rewriting the story of his life.

After a tortuous path to trial, Robson and Safechuck’s case will return the abuse claims to the forefront of public discourse.

The 46-year-old choreographer and director Robson claims that in 1990, when visiting the singer’s former ranch near Los Angeles, Neverland, when he was seven years old, Jackson began sexually abusing him.

Safechuck, a writer and filmmaker who is currently 40 years old, says he was molested by Jackson for the first time in 1988 in Paris when he was just 10 years old.

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Carpenter claimed in an interview with DailyMail that “Michael” was just “propaganda” from the Jackson camp.

Carpenter said, “Let’s not forget that in America, corporations are – legally – considered people.”

“The only reason for them to live is to make money. That’s their sole goal. I’m not surprised this corporation is trying to rewrite the history of what Michael Jackson did to maximise profits. It’s shameful they’re trying to do that but that’s what they’re doing.”

He adds, “My challenge to them is to reconcile the truth of what Michael Jackson did with the merits of his music. Don’t rewrite the history on the backs of the children that survived Michael Jackson’s paedophilia.”

Carpenter stated that the Jackson camp must offer an apology to the victims, acknowledge that the abuse occurred, and ensure that it never occurs again.

“This film is normalising very dangerous behaviour between children and adults and I’m sure it will be used by paedophiles, people who engage in these activities,” he remarked.

“They have to get the truth out,’ he declared. ‘There was a time not that long ago when the thought the Catholic church was abusing children was unthinkable. Now it’s accepted and the church goes on with its mission.”

“Jackson’s companies need to state the truth. Acknowledge the ugly, inconvenient truth and try to move on with promoting the music, if they can. Some of the music is probably so good it can do that.”

He continued, “It’s worse than you know. Michael’s gaslighting, making children think it was their idea to have sex with them. It’s gross”

“It’s a very well-trodden course of delay because that’s their end game. It’s a win for them,’ Carpenter said. ‘We’re trying to get the case to trial.”

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Esme Mazzeo

Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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