Mike Tyson would not let his children hang out with Michael Jackson but thinks Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s accusations are for money-grabbing.
While Tyson thinks that Jackson’s accusers are “out to get some money”, he is sure he would not let his child hang out with Jackson. On Tuesday, the 52-year-old said on the I Am Rapaport podcast, “I have an eight-year-old kid – I wouldn’t let Michael hang out with my kid. I wouldn’t let my kid go over Michael’s house – I love Michael. You know what I mean?”
He added, “It’s like some people say, ‘Well listen, you’re Mike Tyson. I wouldn’t let my daughter around you cause you’ve been to prison for rape.’ I respect that, I understand that. It’s f***ed, but I understand that, cause I would think the same thing”. Jackson and Tyson were friends and the latter often went to Neverland himself.
Tyson also said that he thought parents had a part to play with the alleged abuse, adding that he thought that Jackson’s actions, if true, were horrible. He said, “I just thought the fact that these kids, Michael is telling them, ‘If anyone knows about this, we’re both gonna go to prison forever’ … it was just really horrible”
He also said that he felt the decision of Robson and Safechuck to come out so many years later and expose their truth was an attempt at moneymaking. He said, “What you’re doing now is even wrong. Coming out saying this stuff. It comes across that these are guys just out to get some money.”
In a piece for The Guardian, Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed explained where the money would come from. He said, “The answer is that Wade and James would have to win it in a hotly contested court battle. A jury would have to weigh up evidence – of which there is plenty – and decide that their claims were valid. And damages would then be awarded against the Jackson estate. Some people would call that justice.”
Jackson’s estate denies all claims.