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Paris Jackson Hasn't Watched Leaving Neverland, Says Source: What She's Said in Defense of Her Dad

Paris Jackson hasn’t spoken out publicly since the release of the dark HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, but a source tells PEOPLE the daughter of Michael Jackson is standing by her late father.

The two-part, four-hour-long HBO documentary follows the story of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who first met Jackson as young children and now claim the singer sexually molested both of them at separate times.

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film includes intimate interviews with Robson, Safechuck, both of their mothers, their wives and Robson’s siblings.

The source close to Jackson says the 20-year-old model — who has been open about the lasting impact her father made on her life — “hasn’t seen” the explosive documentary.

“i actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life. you guys are reaching a bit. at least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though,” Jackson tweeted Wednesday in response to reports she’s worried about the documentary affecting her career.

While she hasn’t broken her silence about the film, Jackson has previously condemned sexual abuse allegations against her father.

Sitting down with Rolling Stone for her first in-depth interview in 2017, Jackson addressed the abuse allegations, saying her “dad would cry to me at night.”

“Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn’t do,” she told the magazine. “And for me, he was the only thing that mattered. To see my entire world in pain, I started to hate the world because of what they were doing to him. I’m like, ‘How can people be so mean?’”

In the same conversation, Jackson insisted that if people knew her father the way she and her siblings — Prince, 22, and Blanket, 17 — did, they would know he was innocent.

“Nobody but my brothers and I experienced him reading A Light in the Attic to us at night before we went to bed,” she said. “Nobody experienced him being a father to them. And if they did, the entire perception of him would be completely and forever changed.”

Nearly three years ago, Jackson also hit back after a report claimed child pornography had been discovered at Neverland Ranch, according to The Wrap.

Addressing the report, the star posted a photo of her father licking his middle finger and slammed the “negativity.”

“Unfortunately negativity will always sell. I urge you all to ignore the trash & the parasites who make a career trying to slander my father,” Jackson tweeted at the time. “The most pure people are always torn down … It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent.”

Robson and Safechuck had both denied being molested by Jackson in the past. Robson, too, previously appeared as a witness for Jackson’s defense during a sexual abuse trial in 2005 in which the pop star was acquitted of child molestation charges.

During an interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning that aired on Wednesday, Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon, and Jackie Jackson, as well as Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, said that they had not seen the documentary.

“I know my brother,” Jackie, 67, said. “I know what he stood for. What he was all about. Bringing the world together. Making kids happy. That’s the kind of person he was.”

In the same sit-down, Marlon, 61, claimed that Jackson was “never inappropriate” with children. In a separate CBS This Morning interview that aired Thursday, the Jackson accusers stood by their allegations.

The Jackson estate came out swinging before Leaving Neverland even premiered at Sundance.

“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” the Jackson estate said in a statement in January.

In late February, two co-executors of Jackson’s estate and Optimum Productions sued HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, for $100 million, claiming that airing the two-part film would violate a non-disparagement clause, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. “Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the lawsuit says in part.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, HBO responded: “Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland. … This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

 

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