Sins of the father: Paris Jackson covers her face with her hat as she refuses to answer questions about Leaving Neverland’s paedophile claims against her father Michael
- Paris was pictured with her musician boyfriend Gabriel Glenn in New Orleans
- Sources say she ‘does not believe claims her father was a paedophile’
- The 20-year-old is also refusing to watch the documentary featuring two of his alleged victims
- Paris ‘is not the least bit conflicted or torn about its content’, friends said
- She was aged just 11 when Michael passed away in 2009 following acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home when he was aged 50
- The film features Wade Robson and James Safechuck who say Jackson raped and abused them for years at his Neverland ranch in California
- The two-part Michael Jackson documentary aired from March 3-4 in the US
- The first part aired on Wednesday night in the UK and the second part will air on Thursday night on Channel 4
Paris Jackson has been seen in public for the first time since the explosive documentary about her late father Michael, Leaving Neverland aired.
The model and aspiring actress, 20, covered her face with her hat and glasses as she refused to answer questions about the HBO programme’s paedophile claims against the singer while arriving in New Orleans on Wednesday.
She held hands with her boyfriend of around seven months, musician Gabriel Glenn and appeared in good spirits as she laughed with staff.
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Ashamed? Paris Jackson covered her face with her hat as she refused to answer questions about Leaving Neverland’s paedophile claims against her father Michael upon arrival in New Orleans on Wednesday
Getting on with it: It’s the first time Paris has been seen in public since the divisive HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland aired
Dressed in a colourful jacket and flared jeans, Paris stuck close to Gabriel as they carried their own bags outside, where they were met by a driver.
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Paris did not want to comment on the day, but she did take to Twitter on Thursday, where she continued to support her late father, who passed away in 2009 aged 50, following acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
She wrote: ‘I didn’t mean to offend by expressing that t***ies should be calm, i know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also…. it feels better to mellow out.
‘Smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes
Shocking: The film features claims by Wade Robson (left) and James Safechuck (right) that Michael abused them daily at his California ranch. Pictured center is director Dan Reed
Abuse claims: During the programme, Wade Robson and Mr Safechuck alleged Jackson abused them as boys. Mr Robson is pictured with the singer in the 1990s
‘It’s not possible to tear his name down’: Paris did not speak at the airport, however, she did enjoy with a fan on social media where she continued to defend her father’s name
Not right now: Paris did not seem to be in the mood for talking on the day and covered her face with her beanie hat and a pair of glasses
Looks familiar: Her late father would always cover his children’s face when out in public (pictured with Paris at Madame Tussauds in London in 2005)
A fan replied: ‘The bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever but whatever though.
‘No, they want to tear his name down and stop playing his music but it’s cool like who cares that he died for this.’
Paris then penned: ‘Yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a dfference but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? like do you truly believe they stand a chance ? relax and have peace.’ [sic]
The day before, Paris responded to reports that she’s worried about the film and allegations affecting her career.
Low-key vibes: Paris scraped her hair back off her face as she walked through the terminal looking like any other member of the public
Inked: Paris looked deep in thought as she waited in line with her boyfriend, revealing the ‘bad’ tattoo on her hand which she had in tribute to her father in 2016
Smiling: Paris appeared in high spirits as she laughed and giggled with a member of staff in a friendly display
Rock star vibes: Paris had a House Of Voodoo bag on her shoulder as she waited patiently by the desk
Sad: Paris was aged 11 when her father died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home when he was aged 50 and she has often spoken of her subsequent heartache
‘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,’ Paris said in a now-deleted tweet.
She then added a tweet that read, ‘ya’ll take my life more seriously than I do.’
By her side: She held hands with boyfriend Gabriel Glenn as he led her through the airport
Romance: The couple were first pictured together back in August 2018 when they performed at a cancer benefit in California
Teamwork: Dressed in a colourful jacket and flared jeans, Paris stuck close to Gabriel as they carried their own bags outside, where they were met by a driver
Her rock: No doubt Gabriel has been supporting Paris at this difficult time
Looking the other way: It’s been reported that Paris is refusing to watch the two-part HBO programme
Lean on me: Paris held onto her boyfriend’s arm as he made sure she was OK
Casual: They mirrored one another’s style as they headed outside
Sources have said that Paris firmly believes her father never abused children but has not watched the new documentary in which two of his accusers speak out.
Leaving Neverland, which features emotional testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who alleged Michael raped them for years as children, has caused bitter reaction from both critics and fans of Michael since it aired on Sunday.
But the late singer’s daughter has not yet seen the film and was not offered the chance to see it before it was shown to the public, sources told TMZ.
Nevertheless, she is ‘not the least bit torn or conflicted about its content’ and isn’t persuaded by the central allegation that her father molested young boys.
Standing by him: Paris has said it will not be possible to tear down the name of her father
Time to think about things: While Paris stayed silent on the day, she has been tweeting about her thoughts
No diva: She and Gabriel waited patiently for their car without the aid of any assistants
Paris, who was 11 years old when Michael died, sent a message to her Twitter followers on Tuesday.
Amid fallout from the documentary, she wrote: ‘Don’t take life too seriously, life already takes itself serious enough as it is.’
The same day she also posted an Instagram video of herself dancing with her friend to Bob Seger’s hit Old Time Rock and Roll.
Wearing a tie-dye t-shirt which said ‘don’t even trip’ and sunglasses, the aspiring model and actress could be seen strutting her stuff in a bedroom.
Light-hearted: On Tuesday, three days after the documentary aired in the US, she told fans not to take life too seriously
It comes after Paris reportedly told friends she is anxious that Leaving Neverland could ruin her fledgling acting career.
A source told The Sun: ‘She was in a movie last year but believes the documentary is already scaring directors away because the abuse her father is accused of may put movie goers off her.
‘It all comes down to marketing. The worry is that any movies she stars in will be derailed if Michael’s abuse scandal is all people think about when they see her on screen.
‘She wants to act but knows this could affect those plans.’
Paris’s extended family have claimed Michael Jackson was ‘naive’ about children but wasn’t an abuser.
The late King of Pop’s siblings, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, and his nephew Taj spoke out on CBS This Morning.
Tito’s son Taj, 45, claimed that the family do not wish to ‘put more energy’ into the claims against their late relative – who died in 2009 – because they don’t want to draw any more attention to the documentary.
Taj said: ‘There’s a fear to put more energy to it and more eyeballs to it. ‘That’s why Janet (his aunt) hasn’t said anything, because she doesn’t want to make it any bigger.’
The siblings stated that they know the Thriller hitmaker was not a sexual predator and accused the documentary of spinning lies.
Jackie, 67, said: ‘I don’t have to see the documentary… I know my brother. I know what he stood for, what he was all about… People that really know him, they know the truth.’
Marlon, 61, added: ‘This documentary is not telling the truth. ‘There has not been one piece of evidence that corroborates their story.’
Taj went on to explain that he believes the Billie Jean singer had a ‘naivete’ about how ‘odd’ it was for him to sleep in the same bed as the children who stayed at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, but insisted that it was ‘very innocent’.
He said: ‘I grew up in it, so for me it wasn’t odd. You know, I think, to the outside world, yes, I think it can be odd.
‘I mean, I’m not oblivious to what it sounds like.
Childhood: Paris was rarely seen in public with Michael, but was caught in this image alongside brother Prince in Los Angeles
‘But when you’re actually there in that atmosphere and you’re around it, and you’re watching movies with his kids, whether it’s Little Rascals or Three Stooges, and you’re watching these things, it’s like, it’s very innocent.’
Robson alleged he was sexually abused by Michael from the age of seven until 14, while Safechuck – who previously testified on Jackson’s behalf when he was accused of sexual abuse in 1993 – claimed he was a victim from the age of 10 until he hit puberty.
Michael’s estate – who are reportedly suing HBO – lashed out at Safechuck and Robson, calling them ‘perjurers’ and ‘admitted liars’.
The movie’s director Dan Reed has defended his decision to air the movie and claimed that it shows the other side to what he called Michael’s ‘Peter Pan-ish image’.
Robson and Safechuck both allege they were molested by Michael Jackson, allegations which are explored in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
Both men filed lawsuits in 2013 saying stress and trauma had forced them to face the truth and admit they were sexually abused. The suits have been thrown out on technical grounds, but are under appeal.
Leaving Neverland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mr Robson and Mr Safechuck got a standing ovation afterwards. It is due to be broadcast Channel 4 this week.
Tweets: Paris dancing with a male friend tweeted ‘don’t take life too seriously’ amid the furore over Michael Jackson documentary
Michael’s family have said the star is the victim of a ‘public lynching’ when he ‘is not here to defend himself’.
The Jackson family points out that Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of his home, the Neverland Ranch, but was still acquitted at his criminal trial in 2005, in a case involving another young man.
Robson testified at that trial, saying he had slept in Michael Jackson’s room many times, but that Michael had never molested him.
Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy. Michael Jackson died in 2009.
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