Paul McCartney Makes ‘Dark’ Michael Jackson Revelation

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The Beatles singer/bassist Paul McCartney was asked about Michael Jackson in a new
Radio Futuro interview in Chile, and he discussed his ‘dark side’ after the revelations made by two men who accused Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children on HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland.’

McCartney said, “Obviously Michael was a great singer, a great artist and a great dancer. For years we’ve loved that. Nobody knew about the other side that’s shown in that movie.

When I knew him he was a really nice guy. I didn’t know about the dark side. It makes it very difficult to look back on the memories which were good memories, to think, oh boy, there was other stuff going on.

For me, I’m OK to just stay with the personal memories I had of him. The other side is the other side. I don’t know about that.

I can understand why people are very disappointed in him and angry that he had the dark side.”

Wade Robson and James Safechuck made the allegations against Jackson in Leaving Neverlind, graphically detailing their sexual misconduct claims. Jackson died in 2009, so there hasn’t been a firsthand counter to their claims, though members of Jackson’s family, including his niece Brandi, have called Robson specifically a liar, as Brandi claimed she dated Robson for 7 years.

  • Barbara

    Oh, Paul. The only dark side Michael had was the ability to separate business and personal-you should know that. He did that with his family, his colleagues, you, when he purchased the ATV catalog. I know you say it was fair and square, but I know it still irks you. I hope you realize you only saw one side in this film. It’s like watching the prosecutor side of a trial, and no defense. Someone needs to fill you in with what the defense found with discovery, interviews, depositions, emails and you’d know they made it all up.

  • TrueBliu Nineleven

    First of all, let me say that I’m almost positive there is some other stock photo of both of these individuals which are far more flattering. Could you have possibly chosen a worse image of Jackson? Disturbing.

    Now that that’s out of the way…
    I believe everything the men said in the movie. Although they didn’t know eachother, they told almost identical stories of how they and their families were groomed to allow this to happen. This is classic pedophile behavior, and it should not go ignored. Vilifying victims is the reason many never tell.

    That being said – the fact that Paul always resented that Michael wouldn’t sell the catalog back to him is entirely irrelevant to the story. In fact, Michael didn’t own the catalog in the end – Sony did then, and does still today. Paul has made many comments on the fact that he “understood it was good business” on Michael’s part.

    There were many things found in discovery that were disturbing, to say the least. Michael was a musical genius and a pedophile. It is what it is. The boys/men have been through enough. Let them heal.

  • Richard

    The question that this raises is, how does a world class act like McCartney diplomatically wriggle off of the hook when it’s plain to see that he’s trying to not only distance himself from the controversial issue of Jackson’s “alleged” behavior vs. his “knowing” the truth but also separating the man’s creativity in spite of questionable personal behavior

    There are many public figures whose personal lives run contrary to their public image and were their “dark side” be revealed to their adoring public, chances are their adoring public would think a whole lot less of them, in fact likely to abandon them.

    McCartney himself was caught up in the scandalous commentary Lennon uttered when he stated rather smugly that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. Right, wrong or indifferent–– it lost them a huge segment of their fan base, hence sales of their merchandise, so imagine the “king of Pop”, idol of millions, especially the young set, being outed as a pedophile. Now we’re talking about a whole lot more than challenging a religious belief held by millions, but now focused upon behavior that no person in their right mind would condone as acceptable behavior!

    I think it is interesting to see McCartney’s response where he tries to think only of the “good” Michael, and conveniently choose to overlook the “bad” Michael. As to guilt or innocence of MJ? Quite honestly this could go back and forth for ages with both sides pointing fingers but if you know even a little bit of how a pedophile acts and thinks, you would see how clearly guilty Jackson was for such behavior himself. He had the opportunity, the fame and fortune to keep him safe, and the audacity to repeat offend because of these factors. Listen to his words, watch his actions, listen to what family members “say” and notice above all, the obvious “grooming” that he did with these innocent children, Problem now, is to try and prove it after the fact…

  • Ben

    It is BEYOND me how anyone with half a brain can watch “Leaving Neverland” and still believe MJ was innocent when he was alive. In this case the term “fan” is TRULY short for “fanatic.” When did MJ ever have a woman in his life besides Lisa Marie Presley??? He was only ever on tour of out and about – HAND IN HAND – with young boys. INNOCENT?!?! LOL!!

  • Ben

    It is BEYOND me how anyone with half a brain can watch “Leaving Neverland” and still believe MJ was innocent when he was alive. In this case the term “fan” is TRULY short for “fanatic.” When did MJ ever have a woman in his life besides Lisa Marie Presley??? He was only ever on tour or out and about – HAND IN HAND – with young boys. INNOCENT?!?! LOL!!

  • Dustymylove

    MJ is going to have a mixed legacy. He was a musical genius and an unsurpassed dancer. He was a force of nature on stage. All his early dance skills in “Off the Wall’ came to fruition in “Beat It” and those two releases were really his best in my book. When his face changed drastically in the early 90’s, it just seem like a strange sort of self-loathing. It was emotionally disturbing for those aware enough to catch it. The current accusations aren’t surprising since similar ones have been around for over a decade. Just wish he was still here to explain what happened to him as a child because it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if he was a victim of a pedophile.