Barbra Streisand Slammed After Commenting Michael Jackson Accusers 'Thrilled to be There'

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Singer Michael Jackson pictured in the courtroom at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse during his child molestation trial March 30, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson was acquitted. Hector Mata-Pool/Getty Images

Barbra Streisand has been slammed for suggesting that Michael Jackson's accusers were "thrilled to be there" and that the alleged abuse they suffered "didn't kill them."

The singer made the controversial comments in an interview with British newspaper The Times on Friday, prompting a slew of criticism on social media sites.

During the interview, the 76-year-old singer commented on the Finding Neverland documentary, which details allegations of abuse against Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim the late Jackson molested them when they were children.

Despite acknowledging that she believed the accusers, Streisand told The Times: "His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has."

"You can say 'molested,' but those children, as you heard them say [Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them," she added.

Continuing to discuss the documentary, the singer also said the children's parents should take some of the blame for what happened.

""It's a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him," Streisand said of Jackson.

"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?" she said.

Her comments have been widely panned on social media sites, with users disappointed by the singer's comments.

Finding Neverland director Dan Reed was among those to respond to the singer's comments, writing: "'It didn't kill them' @ BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!#LeavingNerverland (sic)."

Numerous users cited Reed's tweet in their own messages about the singer's comments, while others addressed their messages directly to Streisand.

"As a lifelong fan, I am deeply disappointed about your remarks regarding Michael Jackson. I don't understand how you could be so dismissive of the abuse that he inflicted and the damage that's been done. It's so unsympathetic to ALL victims of sexual abuse," one Twitter user commented.

Meanwhile Michael Jackson's defenders also slammed Streisand, for saying that she did believe the accusations made against him.

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