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Barbra Streisand believes the sex-abuse allegations made against a fellow superstar singer Michael (Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP) ORG XMIT: CADA673 (Photo: Chris Pizzello / Jackson, but she says she's sorry for Jackson, too.
In a broad-ranging interview published Friday by The Times of London, Streisand says she believes the accusations made by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, in the recent HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland."
"Oh, absolutely, that was too painful," says Streisand, who told the paper she met Jackson a couple of times and turned down his request for a duet of "I Just Can not Stop Loving You. " "It was very sweet, very childlike."
Asked about the abusive behavior alleged in the documentary, Streisand says: "His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has." Michael Jackson estate slams 'Leaving Neverland'; More: More: Corey Feldman can 'no longer' defend Michael Jackson after 'horrendous' abuse allegations
She also assesses how long-term effects felt by Robson and Safechuck. "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 they did not kill them."
Streisand says she has a a combination of feelings about the situation. "I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. "
" Barbara Streisand's comments on Michael Jackson's accusers are … outrageous
"Barbara Streisand's comments on Michael Jackson's accusers are … outrageous and the perplexing to say the least, "Alexander W. McCall tweeted.
Anthony King also tweeted criticism: "Shame on you @BarbraStreisand for disrespecting the victims of child (19659018) Shame on you @ (19459035) Shame on you BarbraStreisand for disrespecting the victims of child rape. Low class, dismissive and a shocking trivialisation. That's what I'm talking about, but I do not know what to say about it. #LeavingNeverland #victimshamers https://t.co/e2yns2h77f
– Anthony King (@ anthonyking1) March 22, 2019