Updated: Mar 24, 2019
Jackson's long-time friend's tweet comes after two sexual abuse accusers shared their stories in the "Leaving Neverland" documentary mini-series.
Just one day after Barbra Streisand was raked over the coals for her comments regarding Michael Jackson's sexual abuse accusers, Jackson's long-time friend Diana Ross is asking his critics to just "stop."
Ross took to Twitter on Saturday to express her own feelings about the resurgence of interest and scrutiny in the wake of Wade Robson and James Safechuck sharing their stories of sexual abuse in HBO's "Leaving Neverland" docuseries.
The series itself has been met with criticism from Jackson's supporters, as it is decidedly one-sided, while still other critics believe both Robson and Safechuck have been inconsistent in their stories and are motivated by money.
"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."
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
Coming on the heels of a similarly-themed docuseries on allegations against R. Kelly that has led to new charges being brought against the singer, "Leaving Neverland" finds the late King of Pop again under the scrutiny of the public for allegations of child sexual abuse dating back decades.
Jackson was fully exonerated in an earlier trial brought forth by another man, in part because of the testimony of Robson, who insisted then that nothing untoward had happened between him and Jackson, and an earlier allegations was in part debunked by both Safechuck and Robson.
In "Neverland," however, both men claim they were not ready then to speak their truths, or were not yet fully aware that they had been abused.
Jackson's estate was enraged over the docuseries, and is suing HBO for airing it. They maintain the pop singer's innocence, as he did throughout his life.
While Ross' comments were not nearly as incendiary or explosive as Streisand's -- who suggested any alleged abuse "didn't kill" the two men and that they seemed "thrilled" to be in Jackson's company -- she was nevertheless also met with plenty of critics online. Streisand has since apologized for her initial comments.
Below are just a sampling of the comments Ross received from critics as well as Jackson's supporters who applauded her for speaking out: