Oprah Gets Defensive About ‘Leaving Neverland’ Criticism, “I Have Not Wavered”

Posted On : April 12, 2019

Winfrey told Trevor Noah if a victim is unable to remember the day and the time an alleged assault happened, “‘everyone’s like ‘well, okay, I guess it never happened.'”

Just recently Jackson biographer, Mike Smallcombe, took to Twitter to state that James Safechuck lied about how he was assaulted in Jackson’s Neverland train station.

Smallcombe claimed the station was not built until two years after Safechuck claims the attacks stopped.

Proving his point, Smallcombe shared an image of a construction permit issued by Santa Barbara County in September 2, 1993. The building of the Neverland station began after that date and opened in 1994.

“I’ll Be Dealing With For The Rest Of My Life”

Director Dan Reed responded on Twitter by stating Safechuck got the end date of his abuse wrong. 

He wrote in response to Smallcombe’s post: “Yeah there seems to be no doubt about the station date. The date they have wrong is the end of the abuse.”

In his lawsuit against the Jackson estate, Safechuck alleged he was abused for four years between 1988 and 1992. Safechuck says the abuse stopped when he was 14.

Last month, Oprah hosted a conversation with Robson, Safechuck and director Reed for an after-show titled Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, which was taped before a live audience of sexual abuse survivors.

“After the attention is no longer on this film, this is something I will be dealing with for the rest of my life,” Safechuck told Oprah during that interview. “Forgiveness is not a line that you cross—it’s a road that you take.”