“I don’t listen to his music because I have a personal experience with it.”
Wade Robson, one of the two men who accused Michael Jackson of child abuse in Leaving Neverland, has offered his thoughts on whether the cultural icon’s music should be muted in the wake of the documentary.
Robson joined James Safechuck in sharing extensive allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson in Dan Reed’s four-hour documentary, which debuted in the UK and the US at the beginning of March.
Speaking to TMZ on Monday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, the dancer was asked whether he believes that people should stop listening to Jackson’s music in the wake of the film.
“I don’t have any moral authority to make a judgement for everyone else on that,” he said.
“I don’t listen to his music because I have a personal experience with it. But that’s everyone’s individual choice.”
Instead, Robson said he hopes the documentary will make people “question in general who it is that we’re worshipping and why”.
It comes after Jackson’s family continue to deny the claims made in the documentary, which is set to be broadcast in over 130 countries across the world.
Speaking to NME earlier this month, Dan Reed also clarified if he would still listen to Jackson’s music after the film’s release.
“I probably would. But that’s because I have a professional interest. Would I listen to his music as a punter? Most of the people who watch the film say they can’t bear to listen to his tracks any more,” explained Reed.
“I have no axe to grind about that. If people can’t listen to him any more and feel repulsed, repelled, revolted, then so be it. Can people ever listen to his music again knowing that he is a prolific child rapist, as I believe he was? Jackson’s music has been part of people’s precious memories for so long that I certainly wouldn’t advocate shutting it down.”
Earlier this week, Reed was also forced to respond to Jackson’s lawyer Mark Geragos – who claimed that footage of his appearance in the film was out of context.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s fans last week announced their plans to sue Wade Robson and James Safechuck for “sullying” the memory of Michael Jackson.