Michael Jackson Jurors Speak Out After Explosive Doc 'Leaving Neverland'
Sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson have resurfaced in a new documentary, called "Leaving Neverland."
Members of the jury that acquitted Michael Jackson in his 2005 sexual abuse case are speaking out about the King of Pop in the wake of the explosive documentary "Leaving Neverland."
In the new documentary, the first part of which premiered on HBO Sunday, Wade Robson and James Safechuck describe in shocking detail how they say Michael Jackson molested them as children. Both Robson and Safechuck defended Jackson in the past, with Robson giving key testimony at Jackson's criminal trial in 2005 and insisting that Jackson never molested him. But they said they are speaking out about their claims now after coming to terms with Jackson's alleged abuse.
Juror Ray Hultman said that the 2005 defense created enough reasonable doubt to win a not guilty verdict. But Hultman maintains he has always believed Jackson was a child molester.
"I believed at the time ... he was a child molester, and in fact, during deliberations, I made it clear to the other jurors that I was
leaving the deliberation room knowing he was a child molester," Hultman told Inside Edition.
Hultman added that he "thought all along that Wade Robson was not telling the truth" during trial. He said he believes Robson "is now telling the truth."
However, juror Melissa Herard is still standing by the acquittal.
"He was not guilty. There was not enough evidence," Herard said.
Harard says it's "just kind of suspicious" that Robson and Safechuck are coming forward "so many years later when Michael Jackson is not here to defend himself."
The Jackson family tried to upstage “Leaving Neverland” as the first part aired by posting a classic Michael Jackson concert on YouTube, hoping to draw fans away from the controversial documentary.
The 1992 concert live in Bucharest ran two hours and 20 minutes — exactly the length of the first part of the documentary.
Another performance was posted Monday during part two of the HBO show, running two hours and 15 minutes.
Jackson family attorney Howard Weitzman spoke with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King Monday morning.
“These accusations are made by two people who have testified differently under oath. The way I judge credibility is, 'Have these people lied before?' The answer is yes!” he said.
Jackson, who died in 2009, always denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.
Hultman also appeared in Oxygen’s special "Michael Jackson: The Jury Speaks," an encore of which is airing Saturday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.
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