La familia de Michael Jackson desacredita el documental ‘Leaving Neverland’, en el que se acusa al cantante de abusos

Michael Jackson performs in front of 60,000 fans in Tel Aviv, Sunday, Sept. 13, 1993. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Hay un nuevo documental sobre Michael Jackson en el que dos hombres cercanos al cantante, Wade Robson y James Safechuck, narran los supuestos abusos sexuales que sufrieron por parte del artista, lo que habría incluido sexo anal y manipulación para mantener los abusos en secreto según su testimonio. El documental dura 4 horas, se llama ‘Leaving Neverland’, ha sido dirigido por Dan Reed y se acaba de estrenar en el Festival de Sundance con los protagonistas de cuerpo presente.

La familia de Michael Jackson ha emitido un comunicado en el que desacreditan estas informaciones, tildando a Wade Robson y a James Safechuck de “mentirosos”. “Los dos acusadores declararon bajo juramento que estos sucesos nunca ocurrieron.

No han aportado evidencia alguna ni pruebas en apoyo de sus acusaciones, lo que significa que toda la película se sostiene únicamente en el testimonio de dos personas cometiendo perjurio”.El largo comunicado reproducido por Pitchfork indica que “esto no es un documental, sino el tipo de tabloide que quiso acabar con Michael Jackson durante su vida y ahora durante su muerte”. Critica que se presenten “acusaciones sin corroborar de hace 20 años como hechos” y que el propio director de la cinta haya reconocido que solo ha querido hablar con los acusadores y sus familias y no con otras fuentes, “evitando entrevistar a mucha gente que durante años pasó un tiempo significativo con Michael Jackson y que ha declarado sin ambigüedades que trataba a los niños con respeto sin hacerles daño”. La familia de Michael cree que eso no cabía en “la narrativa que el director quería vender”.

Se recuerda que Wade Robson negó durante 20 años haber sufrido abusos y que su familia “se benefició de la generosidad de Michael hasta que este murió”. Afirman incluso que su declaración de ahora está relacionada con el hecho de haber quedado fuera de la producción del Circo del Sol sobre Michael Jackson. El comunicado termina condenando el abuso de menores, pero apunta que desde 2013 tanto Wade Robson como James Safechuck solo “piensan en dinero” subrayando que tienen una empresa juntos. Las últimas palabras son para recordar que Jackson fue declarado inocente en vida por un jurado, recordando la sentencia de junio de 2005 sobre otro caso de abusos que fue desestimado.


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The song is Grande’s second leader, and second to launch at the summit.


Ariana Grande’s «7 Rings» shines atop the Billboard Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 2.The song is Grande’s second Hot 100 No. 1 and second to start on top, following «Thank U, Next,» which debuted atop the chart dated Nov. 17, and led for seven total weeks.Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (Jan. 29).

«Rings,» released on Republic Records, arrives as the 1,083rd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 60-year history, and launches as the week’s most-streamed and top-selling song.

Following the Jan. 18 premiere of the song and its official video, «Rings» debuts at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 85.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 24, according to Nielsen Music. The sum marks the second-biggest streaming week ever for a song by a female artist, after Grande’s own «Next,» which drew 93.8 million, as reflected on the chart dated Dec. 15, following the premiere of its official video. (Drake’s «In My Feelings» holds the overall record: 116.1 million; July 28.) Grande earns her second Streaming Songs No. 1, after «Next.»

«Rings» also roars in at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, with 96,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 24. Grande adds her fifth No. 1 on the survey. The total is the best for a song in six months, since Drake’s «Feelings» sold 104,000 (Aug. 4), and the best for a female artist since Grande’s «No Tears Left to Cry» (100,000; May 5). («Next» hit a weekly high of 81,000 in its debut week.)

«Rings» additionally arrives at No. 39 on Radio Songs, with 27.5 million audience impressions in its first full tracking week (ending Jan. 27).

Ariana Grande onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. 

The song is the radio follow-up to «Next,» and follows the track «Imagine,» which debuted and peaked at No. 24 on the Hot 100 (Dec. 29). All three songs are from Grande’s forthcoming album, Thank U, Next, the follow-up to Sweetener, which bowed as her third Billboard 200 No. 1 in September.

Let’s ring up more facts about Grande’s new No. 1:

Grande entrance: «Rings» is the 33rd single to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, while Grande becomes just the fifth artist with multiple No. 1 starts, joining Mariah Carey, the leader with three, Justin Bieber, Drake and Britney Spears (two each).

In the Hot 100’s history, Grande is the first artist whose first two No. 1s have both debuted at the pinnacle.

(Before «Next» and «Rings,» no female artist had entered atop the Hot 100 since Adele with «Hello» in November 2015; seven songs then started at No. 1 until «Next.»)

Back at 1: Grande collects her second Hot 100 No. 1 just two months and two weeks after «Next» opened on top. That’s the quickest accumulation of leaders for an artist (in a lead role) since Justin Bieber’s «Love Yourself» hit No. 1 only three weeks after «Sorry» first reached No. 1 in early 2016. Among women, Grande lands the fastest succession of new No. 1s since Rihanna’s «What’s My Name?,» featuring Drake, hit the top spot on Nov. 20, 2010, and «Only Girl (In the World)» followed just two weeks later (Dec. 4).

Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles.

‘Sound of’ No. 1: «Rings» channels the melody of The Sound of Music‘s «My Favorite Things,» and sports writing credits for the classic song’s iconic composers, the late Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Along with Sound, the pair created beloved Broadway musicals including The King and I, Oklahoma! and South Pacific.

One version of «My Favorite Things» has charted on the Hot 100: by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, a No. 45 hit in January 1969.

‘7’ @ 1: The numeral 7 appears in a Hot 100 No. 1 for the second time, after (technically) Elton John’s «Candle in the Wind 1997″/»Something About the Way You Look Tonight» (14 weeks at No. 1, 1997-98). As for songs featuring «7» with no accompanying numbers in their titles, Grande’s one-ups the previous top-peaking such hit, Lukas Graham’s «7 Years,» which reached No. 2 in April 2016.

Notably, «7» by Prince and The New Power Generation peaked at (where else?) No. 7 in 1993.

Lords of the ‘Ring’s: Plus, Grande tallies the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 with «ring» in its title. It follows Beyoncé’s «Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)» (four weeks at No. 1, 2008-09); Anita Ward’s «Ring My Bell» (two, 1979); and Gary Lewis and The Playboys’ «This Diamond Ring» (two, 1965).

(Research assistance on the above stats from readers Jake Rivera and Pablo Nelson, the latter of whom adds that Prince’s «7» hit No. 61 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which, like its No. 7 Hot 100 peak, is also fitting, «because 6+1 = 7.»)

Halsey photographed on Aug. 6, 2017 at the Catalyst Ranch in Chicago. Styling by Maeve Reilly. Halsey wears a Véronique Leroy jumpsuit, Schutz shoes and Lana Jewelry. 

«Rings» dethrones Halsey’s «Without Me» after two nonconsecutive weeks atop the Hot 100. The song drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100, although it takes over at No. 1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. It keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (109.7 million, up 3 percent) and slides 2-3 on both Streaming Songs (41.5 million, down 12 percent) and Digital Song Sales (29,000, down 30 percent).

Post Malone and Swae Lee’s «Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)» slips 2-3 on the Hot 100, after leading the Jan. 19-dated chart. The duet spends a fourth week at No. 1 on both Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs.

Grande’s «Next» rebounds 5-4 on the Hot 100 and Travis Scott’s «Sicko Mode,» which led the Hot 100 dated Dec. 8, falls 3-5. Notably, the entire top five songs on the Hot 100 have all hit No. 1, marking the first such sweep in the bracket (of then-present or past No. 1s) since July 1, 2017.

Panic! at the Disco’s «High Hopes» retreats to No. 6 from its No. 4 Hot 100 peak, as it tops Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week and Radio Songs for a 10th frame (122.9 million, down 3 percent).

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