Diana Ross To Michael Jackson Critics: “Stop In The Name Of Love”

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Diana Ross is the latest celebrity to defend Michael Jackson amid fallout from the two-part HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
The music legend took to Twitter Saturday to speak out on behalf of her late friend. To get her point across, she used the ti…

Diana Ross Shares Support for Michael Jackson: ‘A Magnificent Incredible Force to Me’

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Diana Ross shared her support for the late Michael Jackson in the wake of the release of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” asking her fans to “stop in the name of love.”

“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” she tweeted on Saturday morning. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”

Of course, “Stop! In The Name of Love” was a song by The Supremes, the classic all-female Motown group that Ross led in the 1960s. Jackson and Ross appeared and performed together several times before his death in 2009 at age 50, and became close friends. She actually was mentioned in his will as the secondary caregiver to his three children.

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Jackson’s legacy has received increased scrutiny since HBO first broadcast “Leaving Neverland,” which features two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say the late King of Pop molested them when they were young boys. Jackson’s estate has denied the accusations and is suing HBO for more than $100 million, saying the cable outlet violated a 1992 non-disparagement agreement.

Jackson also denied child molestation accusations for years, and was acquitted in a child molestation case in 2005.

Ross’ defense comes just one day after Barbra Streisand said in an interview while she believes the two men who accused Jackson, she also has some sympathy for Jackson.

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson was “very sweet, very childlike.”

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She added: “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

On Saturday, following backlash, she clarified her comments, saying that she feels “nothing but sympathy” for Robson and Safechuck.

See Ross’ tweet below.

This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019

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Barbra Streisand Clarifies: ‘I Feel Nothing but Sympathy’ for Michael Jackson’s Accusers

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Barbra Streisand has clarified her comments about Michael Jackson’s accusers for which she has received backlash, saying Saturday that she feels “nothing but sympathy for them.”

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” her statement obtained by TheWrap said. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children.  It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, was “very sweet, very childlike.”

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Streisand told The Times that she “absolutely” believes the accounts of Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that were documented in “Leaving Neverland,” but said that watching the film was “too painful.”

She added: “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

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In the documentary, Robson and Safechuck said Jackson spent years grooming their careers when they were children and gaining their trust, while also molesting them. Jackson’s estate has denied the accusations and is suing HBO for more than $100 million, saying the cable outlet violated a 1992 non-disparagement agreement.

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Barbra Streisand Blasted For Michael Jackson Defense On ‘Leaving Neverland’ Allegations

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Social media has erupted with savage criticisms of Barbra Streisand, who has blamed the victims’ parents for Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse of children.
Speaking to the Times of London, Streisand said she believed that Jackson abuse…

Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson’s Accusers: ‘It Didn’t Kill Them’

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Barbra Streisand said in an interview that while she believes the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” she also has some sympathy for Jackson.

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, was “very sweet, very childlike.”

Streisand told The Times that she “absolutely” believes the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and said that watching “Leaving Neverland” was “too painful.”

But she added: “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

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Streisand also told the Times that she has “combination of feelings” about the accusations. “I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him, ” she said. “I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him? Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

In the documentary, Robson and Safechuck said Jackson spent years grooming both them and their families, gaining their trust so he could betray it.

Jackson’s estate has denied the accusations. Jackson also denied child molestation accusations for years, and was acquitted in a child molestation case in 2005.

Representatives for Streisand did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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Michel Legrand, Oscar-Winning Film Composer, Dies at 86

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Michel Legrand, the French composer who won three Oscars for his songs and film scores, died Saturday at age 86, according to his official website.

The son of conductor and composer Raymond Legrand, he first made his name as a musician and songwriter and then earned fame in the 1960s composing film scores — particularly Jacques Demy’s big-screen musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1964.

Four years later, Legrand won his first Oscar for the hit song “The Windmills of Your Mind” for the thriller “The Thomas Crown Affair.” (A cover by Dusty Springfield became a Billboard hit in 1969.)

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He won two more Oscars, for his scores for 1971’s “Summer of ’42” and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 musical “Yentl.”

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, Legrand also racked up 10 additional Oscar nominations for his compositions for such films as “Umbrellas,” “The Young Girls of Roquefort,” “The Happy Ending,” “Pieces of Dreams” and “Best Friends.”

He also earned five Grammy Awards, the first in 1971 for “The Theme From Summer of ’42,” followed by two more in 1972 for his arrangement of “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and the composition “Brian’s Song.”

In 1975, Legrand picked up two more Grammys for his work on the jazz album “Images.” In his offscreen work, he frequently collaborated with American jazz stars such as Miles Davis and Stan Getz.

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From JJ Abrams to Jimmy Kimmel: Celebrities Who Gave Big to Beto O’Rourke

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From J.J. Abrams to Sarah Jessica Parker and Steven Spielberg, it seems Hollywood is betting on Beto O’Rourke.

The Democratic Senate candidate mounted an uphill fight against incumbent Ted Cruz, an unpopular Republican in typically red Texas. Hollywood loves an underdog story — especially when liberals win — and that meant some generous checks for O’Rourke heading into Tuesday’s election.

O’Rourke has received a total of $811,632 from the entertainment industry, according to The Center for Responsive Politics, which includes film, TV and music industry donations under the banner of entertainment.

The figures are taken from databases uploaded by the Federal Election Commission at the start of every month. Those databases are as current as the FEC’s uploads, and the numbers will likely increase as more numbers roll in.

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TheWrap also sifted through 2018 Federal Election Commission filings as well as the Campaign Finance Institute’s FollowtheMoney.org to see which specific Hollywood donors coughed up maximum donations for Beto.

Currently, federal campaign finance law allows a donor to contribute up to $5,400 to a candidate’s campaign committee — $2,700 in the primary, and another $2,700 in the general election.

Connie Britton, Tate Donovan and “Star Wars” director Rian Johnson all gave Beto the maximum possible donation of $5,400 each.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O’Donnell, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams,, Tate Donovan, Rob Reiner, all gave $2,700.

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Other Hollywood donors include “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, CEO of Entertainment Studios Byron Allen, UTA co-president David Kramer, Carsey Marcey, who produced the original “Roseanne,” CAA Managing Partner Bryan Lourd, “The McCarthys” creator Brian Gallivan and Disney studio head Alan Horn, who all gave $2,700. CAA Managing Partner Kevin Huvane donated $3,700.

Chelsea Handler shelled out $2,500, Jamie Lee Curtis gave $2,000, and Barbra Streisand, who just came out with a new anti-Trump album, gave $1,250. Bill Nye donated $900.

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