Paris Jackson firmly believes her father never abused children but has not watched a new documentary in which two of his accusers speak out, sources say.
Leaving Neverland, which features emotional testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who alleged Michael raped them for years as children, has caused bitter reaction from both critics and fans of Michael since it aired on Sunday.
But the late singer’s 20-year-old daughter has not yet seen the film and was not offered the chance to see it before it was shown to the public, sources told TMZ.
Nevertheless, she is ‘not the least bit torn or conflicted about its content’ and isn’t persuaded by the central allegation that her father molested young boys.
Paris, who was 11 years old when Michael died, has yet to speak publicly about the film, though she did send a message to her Twitter followers on Tuesday.
Amid fallout from the documentary, she wrote: ‘Don’t take life too seriously, life already takes itself serious enough as it is.’
The same day she also posted an Instagram video of herself dancing with her friend to Bob Seger’s hit Old Time Rock and Roll.
Wearing a tie-dye t-shirt which said ‘don’t even trip’ and sunglasses, the aspiring model and actress could be seen strutting her stuff in a bedroom.
It comes after Paris reportedly told friends she is anxious that Leaving Neverland could ruin her fledgling acting career.
A source told The Sun: ‘She was in a movie last year but believes the documentary is already scaring directors away because the abuse her father is accused of may put movie goers off her.
‘It all comes down to marketing. The worry is that any movies she stars in will be derailed if Michael’s abuse scandal is all people think about when they see her on screen.
‘She wants to act but knows this could affect those plans.’
While Paris has not commented, members of her extended family have claimed Michael Jackson was ‘naive’ about children but wasn’t an abuser.
The late King of Pop’s siblings, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, and his nephew Taj spoke out on CBS This Morning.
Tito’s son Taj, 45, claimed that the family do not wish to ‘put more energy’ into the claims against their late relative – who died in 2009 – because they don’t want to draw any more attention to the documentary.
Taj said: ‘There’s a fear to put more energy to it and more eyeballs to it. ‘That’s why Janet (his aunt) hasn’t said anything, because she doesn’t want to make it any bigger.’
The siblings stated that they know the Thriller hitmaker was not a sexual predator and accused the documentary of spinning lies.
Jackie, 67, said: ‘I don’t have to see the documentary… I know my brother. I know what he stood for, what he was all about… People that really know him, they know the truth.’
Marlon, 61, added: ‘This documentary is not telling the truth. ‘There has not been one piece of evidence that corroborates their story.’
Taj went on to explain that he believes the Billie Jean singer had a ‘naivete’ about how ‘odd’ it was for him to sleep in the same bed as the children who stayed at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, but insisted that it was ‘very innocent’.
He said: ‘I grew up in it, so for me it wasn’t odd. You know, I think, to the outside world, yes, I think it can be odd.
‘I mean, I’m not oblivious to what it sounds like.
‘But when you’re actually there in that atmosphere and you’re around it, and you’re watching movies with his kids, whether it’s Little Rascals or Three Stooges, and you’re watching these things, it’s like, it’s very innocent.’
Robson alleged he was sexually abused by Michael from the age of seven until 14, while Safechuck – who previously testified on Jackson’s behalf when he was accused of sexual abuse in 1993 – claimed he was a victim from the age of 10 until he hit puberty.
Michael’s estate – who are reportedly suing HBO – lashed out at Safechuck and Robson, calling them ‘perjurers’ and ‘admitted liars’.
The movie’s director Dan Reed has defended his decision to air the movie and claimed that it shows the other side to what he called Michael’s ‘Peter Pan-ish image’.
Wade Robson and James Safechuck both allege they were molested by Michael Jackson, allegations which are explored in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
Both men filed lawsuits in 2013 saying stress and trauma had forced them to face the truth and admit they were sexually abused. The suits have been thrown out on technical grounds, but are under appeal.
Leaving Neverland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mr Robson and Mr Safechuck got a standing ovation afterwards. It is due to be broadcast Channel 4 this week.
Michael Jackson’s family have said the star is the victim of a ‘public lynching’ when he ‘is not here to defend himself’.
The Jackson family points out that Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of his home, the Neverland Ranch, but was still acquitted at his criminal trial in 2005, in a case involving another young man.
Wade Robson testified at that trial, saying he had slept in Michael Jackson’s room many times, but that Michael had never molested him.
James Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy. Michael Jackson died in 2009.