Paris Jackson Alludes to Allegations Against Dad Michael in Series of Tweets: 'Tabloids and Lies'
On Twitter, Paris Jackson referenced "tabloids and lies" when a user tweeted about her father
Paris Jackson appeared to refer to Leaving Neverland in a series of tweets on Wednesday, calling the documentary about her late father “tabloids and lies.”
The two-part HBO documentary follows the story of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who each first met Paris’ father Michael Jackson as young children and now claim the famous singer sexually molested both of them at separate times. Michael’s estate has vehemently denied the allegations.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film includes intimate interviews with Robson, Safechuck, both of their mothers, their wives and Robson’s siblings. On Wednesday, a source told PEOPLE that Paris — who has been open about the lasting impact her father made on her life — “hasn’t seen” the explosive documentary.
Though the model, 20, did not directly mention the documentary, she kicked off a series of tweets on Wednesday when she responded to reports that she’s worried about the film and allegations affecting her career.
“I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life. you guys are reaching a bit. at least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though,” Paris said in a now-deleted tweet.
She then added a tweet that read, “ya’ll take my life more seriously than I do.”
Paris then tweeted, “I know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also…. it feels better to mellow out.”
When a fan responded to that tweet writing, “The bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever but whatever though,” Paris responded, saying “so….. not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? tabloids and lies are the bigger picture? i’ll pray for you.”
Paris continued in response to another tweet, writing, “yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a difference but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down ? like do you truly believe they stand a chance ? relax and have peace.”
Paris also slammed the reports about her father as “lies,” saying if everyone acted unbothered, “they’d stop making lies and start writing actual news.”
Paris has previously condemned the ongoing sexual abuse allegations against her father.
“Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn’t do,” she told the magazine. “And for me, he was the only thing that mattered. To see my entire world in pain, I started to hate the world because of what they were doing to him. I’m like, ‘How can people be so mean?’”
In the same conversation, Paris insisted that if people knew her father the way she and her siblings — Prince, 22, and Blanket, 17 — did, they would know he was innocent.
“Nobody but my brothers and I experienced him reading A Light in the Attic to us at night before we went to bed,” she said. “Nobody experienced him being a father to them. And if they did, the entire perception of him would be completely and forever changed.”
Robson and Safechuck had both denied being molested by Michael in the past. Robson, too, previously appeared as a witness for Michael’s defense during a sexual abuse trial in 2005 in which the pop star was acquitted of child molestation charges.
During an interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning that aired last week, Michael’s brothers Tito, Marlon, and Jackie Jackson, as well as Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, said that they had not seen the documentary.
“I know my brother,” Jackie, 67, said. “I know what he stood for. What he was all about. Bringing the world together. Making kids happy. That’s the kind of person he was.”
In the same sit-down, Marlon, 61, claimed that Michael was “never inappropriate” with children. In a separate CBS This Morning interview that aired last Thursday, the late pop star’s accusers stood by their allegations.
The Jackson estate came out swinging before Leaving Neverland even premiered at Sundance.
“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” the Jackson estate said in a statement in January.
In late February, two co-executors of Michael’s estate and Optimum Productions sued HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, for $100 million, claiming that airing the two-part film would violate a non-disparagement clause, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. “Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the lawsuit says in part.
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, HBO responded: “Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland. … This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”