A JOURNALIST said he was so concerned about Michael Jackson’s “deeply suspicious” relationship with James Safechuck that he asked
A JOURNALIST said he was so concerned about Michael Jackson’s “deeply suspicious” relationship with James Safechuck that he asked the boy if he was being held against his will.
Sam Smyth recalled how he became worried about the King of Pop’s behaviour while covering his Bad tour in 1988.
Jackson with James Safechuck who claims he was abused by the singer at Neverland[/caption]
In the disturbing documentary Leaving Neverland, Safechuck claims Jackson groomed and sexually abused him as a little boy.
He was just ten when he accompanied the singer for the concert in Cork, Ireland.
But Smyth says he felt it was “very odd” that Safechuck, or “Little Jimmy” as Jackson called him, was with the star.
In an article for the Irish Mail on Sunday, Smyth told how he was staying at the same hotel as Jackson and his entourage during the tour.
DO NOT DISTURB
He said he became concerned about Safechuck when hotel staff said he remained holed up in his room the whole time the singer was out performing.
There was also a Do Not Disturb sign hanging on the door and sheeting on the windows to block the view in, they claimed.
In a bid to reach out to the boy, Smyth and fellow journalists penned him a note and sent it to his room.
They wrote: “Dear Little Jimmy Safechuck, we are in the residents’ lounge … and if you are being held against your will or if you need rescuing contact us.”
Smyth said they gave the note to a hotel porter with instructions to take it to Safechuck’s room.
They never heard from the boy.
Dear Little Jimmy Safechuck, we are in the residents’ lounge … and if you are being held against your will or if you need rescuing contact us
Journalists' note to Safechuck
Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1, smyth recalled: “I remember thinking at the time … it’s very odd for a man in his 30th year to have his very best friend as this boy called Little Jimmy Safechuck who was ten.
“The whole thing was odd and deeply suspicious. Certainly not anything that I would ever want for anyone belonging to me.”
Smyth found the allegations made in Leaving Neverland credible and said he believed Safechuck’s account despite not receiving a reply to his hotel note.
“I’m quite convinced that they are telling the truth,” he said. “I think most people would be … I think the film is very credible and very skilfully made.”
Safechuck, 40, along with Wade Robson, 36, claim the superstar entertainer horribly abused them while they were small boys and in the doc they have revealed harrowing details of their alleged ordeal.
Referring to a sex abuse investigation against Jackson in 1993, Safechuck said the singer’s lawyers would train him into saying the right things should he be asked questions.
“We’d rehearsed so much it was like going through the motions… like part of my job, to do that for Michael.”
In the documentary, Safechuck also told how Jackson had even staged a mock wedding with him when he was ten — complete with vows and a diamond ring.
Following this Safechuck would receive jewellery as a reward for carrying out sexual acts.
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Jackson, who died in 2009 of a drug overdose, strongly denied all allegations of sexual abuse made against him.
His estate has vehemently denounced the documentary.
It attacks the credibility of Robson and Safechuck, as well as director Dan Reed for not including other voices who knew Jackson.
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Sam Smyth said he became worried about Jackson’s behaviour while covering his Bad tour in 1988[/caption]
The reporter thought it was odd that Safechuck, pictured here with the singer, was accompanying Jackson on the tour[/caption]
Safechuck claims Jackson groomed and sexually abused him as a little boy[/caption]
James pictured with Jackson at a party in London in 1988[/caption]
Safechuck said the star also staged a wedding ceremony with him[/caption]
James Safechuck spoke of his alleged abuse in the documentary Leaving Neverland[/caption]
Jackson accusers say his fairground rides were used to attract young victims[/caption]