Michael Jackson allegedly told one of the underage boys he was accused of raping that his relationships with women were all for show, according to the new documentary Leaving Neverland.
James ‘Jimmy’ Safechuck says that during their time together, Jackson warned him that he might have to be seen with women, or appearing to be in a romantic couple – but it was all for show.
He also bought the Safechucks a house after they testified for the defense in his trial after he was accused of sexually assaulting another boy, Jordan Chandler.
That ‘show‘ became more important than ever though after the Chandler lawsuit was settled for a reported $23million, and so Jackson took things a step further and married Lisa Marie Presley.
Michael Jackson allegedly told one of his rape accusers that his relationships with women, including Lisa Marie Presley, were all for show
James Safechuck, pictured above left with Jackson and Lisa Marie, told him he had to be seen in public with women
The King of Pop famously brought his wife up on stage for a kiss at the MTV Music Awards in New York in 1994
He then cut ties with the Safechuck family and Jimmy, who was, by then, dependent on the singer because Jackson advised the boy’s parents to remove him from school.
‘He would just call every once in a while. He gave me a car when I turned 16.
I was very much into filmmaking and he got me filmmaking classes,’ explains Safechuck of his relationship with Jackson as he entered his teenage years.
Jackson then urged the boy to cut back on his high school classes.
‘Michael tells you you don’t need school, no one who ever did anything good went to school,’ explains Safechuck.
‘And he talked to my parents because I was in some of the advanced classes and he said you don’t need math.
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Safechuck says Jackson got him filmmaking classes during their relationship in his teenage years
Accuser Safechuck spoke out about the alleged abuse in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland
Safechuck then reveals: ‘So he convinced my parents to pull me out of some of the advanced classes.’
And once Safechuck was out of those classes, Jackson reassured the family by stating: ‘Don’t worry, I’lll be there.
He was not there for very long though, with Jackson shocking many when he announced in 1994 that he ha married Presley.
‘He is making you depend on him, like don’t go get an education, I’ll take care of it,’ explains Safechuck.
‘And then when he went away it pretty much derailed and I was kind of lost.’
Jackson stood trial accused of sexually assaulting Jordan Chandler, pictured above
At the same time, Jackson had been letting Safechuck know that these relationships were just for show.
‘I remember Michael saying he was going to have to have these public relationships with women so people wouldn’t think anything,’ claims Safechuck.
‘He would always say he was going to get married . He said, “One day I am going to have to go get married but it wasn’t going to mean anything.
The Safechuck family, above, were bought a house by Jackson after they testified in his defense in his sex assault trial
Stephanie Safechuck recalled a phone call from Jackson where he told her he wouldn’t be seeing them as much any more
‘I remember Michael saying he was going to have to have these public relationships with women so people wouldn’t think anything,’ claims Safechuck
James’ mother, Stephanie Safechuck, was so under Jackson’s spell that she failed to realize he wrote off the loan he gave the family to purchase a house just after she and her husband, as well as their son James, gave depositions in support of Jackson.
She said that after the family met with the lawyers and finished their depositions, Jackson called and forgave the loan he gave the family.
He also told Stephanie that he was not mad at the boy who had accused him of sexual assault, Jordan Chandler, and was instead angry with his money-hungry father.
It came as a shock to the Safechucks when Jackson cut ties with their family.
‘It was an emptiness,’ Stephanie explains in her interview. ‘I loved him, he was one of my children, so it was a child leaving the home.
Safechuck‘s mother recalled: ‘So one day, I got a phone call from Michael and he said, “Stephanie I’m not going to be able to come around as often.”
‘I hung up, I went to my husband and I said: “We’ve just been dumped.
She then explained what the end of that relationship felt like, almost seven years after first meeting on the set of a Pepsi commercial.
‘It was an emptiness,’ Stephanie explains in her interview.
‘I loved him, he was one of my children, so it was a child leaving the home.’