The godfather to Michael Jackson’s children, Mark Lester, has said he does not believe his friend was a child abuser.
The Channel 4 documentary reveals in graphic detail the sexual abuse two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, say they were subjected to by the late singer when they were young children.
However Mr Lester, a former child star who shot to stardom in 1968’s Oliver!, said he found the documentary “nauseating” but added it had not changed his opinion of Jackson.
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Speaking to talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton, Mr Lester said: “It’s really sad, it made for very depressing viewing. The whole thing was very sordid, very nauseating and very sad.
“These are horrendous allegations against a man who can’t defend himself because he’s not around any more.
“I find it very hard to understand what the object of the exercise is here.”
Michael was a 'brilliant father'
Jackson with son Blanket in 2002.
The documentary alleges that Jackson sexually abused Mr Robson and Mr Safechuck during sleepovers at his Neverland Ranch.
Mr Lester admitted that the sleepovers were not something he would have “encouraged” but said Jackson believed it was acceptable due to his “innocent, Peter Pan world-view”.
He added: “I never saw anything untoward, all I can say is the man I knew as Michael Jackson would be incapable of such things.
"Michael was a brilliant father and his children adored him, my children adored him. He was a wonderful man."