Filmmaker: Michael Is Innocent
02/27/2004 AT 12:52 PM EST
Christian Robinson spent two years working for Jackson, shooting footage of Jackson and people close to the pop superstar at Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Among the people he filmed were the boy who would go on to accuse Jackson of child molestation, as well as the young accuser's family.
Robinson, 24, told ABC News that he filmed the boy and his family after Martin Bashir's documentary "Living With Michael Jackson" aired in February 2003. For Robinson, it was a chance to set the record straight. "In my mind," he said, "I was doing an interview to show the accurate side of Michael Jackson."
But Robinson told an interviewer on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he pushed his young subjects for honesty about any inappropriate relationship they may have had with Jackson. "I asked. And they answered, and they were very upfront and they, of course, said absolutely not," Robinson recalled.
He said that during his hour-and-a-half interview with the boy and his family, Robinson repeatedly reminded them to tell the truth, emphasizing to the family, "I know how passionate you guys are about this." Despite Robinson's prodding, he says, the family maintained Jackson's innocence. "It's almost like they were getting mad at me (for questioning Jackson's actions)."
Robinson was with Jackson up until the day before the singer found out authorities had raided Neverland, he told ABC News. After that, he believes that Nation of Islam members, who have reportedly taken control of Jackson's business, squeezed him out of the star's life. Robinson says he does not know what became of the taped interview with the boy and his family.
Bashir, who recently won one of Britain's top journalism awards for his documentary, voiced his concerns over Jackson's relationship with children in the film. One of the children that appeared in Bashir's work later claimed that Jackson molested him.
Jackson is facing seven counts of child molestation in California. His next court date is April 2.