In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, American singer and songwriter Akon spoke about his relationship with Michael Jackson and the accusations leveled against him in the controversial HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. Per Complex, Akon responded to a question about Jackson’s recently tarnished image by saying it’s “hard to swallow.”
According to Akon, Jackson was taken advantage on multiple occasions during his illustrious career. He claims that the music industry tried to “push him out” many times and expressed amazement at how “cruel” big corporations can be. As for Jackson’s closeness to children, Akon doesn’t believe that it was a character flaw.
“But it weren’t even a flaw, that was all humanitarian and just him having a love for kids period.”
In regards to the allegations against Jackson, Akon suggests that they are false, claiming that those closest to Jackson would have noticed signs that he was abusing children if was really a pedophile.