Over the weekend, Ross tweeted: “This is what's on my mind this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”
She ended the tweet with a reference to her hit song “Stop in the Name of Love.”
An avalanche of negative comments followed, with people blasting her online. “Just because you knew and liked someone doesn't mean they're innocent," went one tweet.
Ross's tweet followed controversial comments by Barbra Streisand, who said in an interview with the Times of London over the weekend, “You can say 'molested,' but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them."
She added: "[His] sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has."
After getting slammed on social media, Streisand backtracked, saying, “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.”