Paul McCartney unaware of Michael Jackson's 'dark side' seen in documentary

Paul McCartney unaware of Michael Jackson's 'dark side' seen in documentary

(FILES) Photo dated on December 19, 1983 shows British singer Paul McCartney and US pop star Michael Jackson (R). Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring for the tortured music icon revered as the "King of Pop." AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

‘I think it’s sad,’ he told the broadcasting platform.

‘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.’

The 76-year-old added: ‘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.’

Pauls words come after Ofcom rejected hundreds of complaints about Leaving Neverland.

Ofcom received 230 complaints from viewers who felt it was ‘misleading’ – that the film didn’t make it clear enough that the allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson were not proven in court and had been denied by his family.

The media watchdog said it will not be investigating the complaints as they found the allegations were ‘clearly presented as personal testimonies’.

In a statement to Metro.co.uk, an Ofcom spokesperson said: ‘We understand that this two-part documentary gave rise to strong opinions from viewers.

Screenshots of the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," picturing Michael Jackson and Jimmy Safechuck, as the first part airs on March 3, 2019. When allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Filmmaker Dan Reed?s two-part documentary film Leaving Neverland explores the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James ?Jimmy? Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, who were both befriended by the star. They and their families were invited into his singular and wondrous world, entranced by the singer?s fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak.

‘In our view, the allegations were very clearly presented as personal testimonies and it was made clear that the Jackson family rejects them.’

It added that they had received five complaints ‘objecting specifically to the explicit level of detail in descriptions of sexual abuse’ in the two-part film, shown in Channel 4.

Ofcom said they ‘considered this material was likely to have been within audience expectations of a documentary dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse, shown after the watershed and with unambiguous warnings before and during the programme.’

Leaving Neverland featured interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck who both gave detailed allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of the singer, who died in 2009.



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