Paul McCartney has broken his silence on the most recent sexual allegations against Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary. The Sun transcribed McCartney's thoughts on his one-time friend and former collaborator when he told Chile's Radio Futuro, “I think it’s sad. Obviously Michael was a great singer, a great artist and a great dancer. For years we’ve loved that. Nobody knew about the other side that’s shown in that movie. When I knew him he was a really nice guy. I didn’t know about the dark side. It makes it very difficult to look back on the memories which were good memories, to think, oh boy, there was other stuff going on.”
McCartney went on to say: “For me, I’m OK to just stay with the personal memories I had of him. The other side is the other side. I don’t know about that. I can understand why people are very disappointed in him and angry that he had the dark side.”
Back in 1983, Paul McCartney recalled his then-recent duets with Michael Jackson: “Michael originally fancied writing some stuff with me and I thought it was a good idea. So, he came over here to England and we just hung out a while and got to know each other a bit, and ended up writing two songs that are the songs that are the two on the album. And then he did his own album, Thriller, which he wrote '(The) Girl Is Mine,' and so I was on that. Those were the only three things we’ve done. So, these are the two we wrote together; 'Say, Say, Say' and 'The Man.'”
IN OTHER MICHAEL JACKSON NEWS
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has announced that there are currently no plans to remove any of the Michael Jackson memorabilia currently on exhibit.
A representative for the Rock Hall shared the following statement with Pitchfork:
“Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001. As with all of our inductees, Jackson was recognized for musical excellence and talent as well as having a significant impact on rock n’ roll, and was elected by a diverse voting body of historians, fellow musicians, and music industry professionals. Original artifacts and memorabilia from many artists’ lives and performances are on display in our exhibits. There are no plans for this to change.” (Pitchfork)