Michael Jackson’s body language suggests he is “telling the truth” when refuting claims of child abuse
Michael Jackson’s body language “ breaks the scales in favor of telling the truth ” in refuting the child abuse allegations against him, behavior experts claim.
In a shocking new documentary, Michael Jackson: A Faking It Special, which can be streamed on discovery +, experts in body language, speech and psychology watch video footage of the ‘King of pop’.
They analyze in detail a 2003 documentary directed by Martin Bashir, in which the singer gave cameras unprecedented access to his Neverland ranch to film Living With Michael Jackson.
One of the topics covered in the movie was Jackson’s relationship with children. Sitting and holding the hand of a then 12-year-old Gavin Arvizo, Jackson tells Bashir that not only does he invite underprivileged children to his farm, but that he also lets them sleep in his bed while he sleeps on the floor in a sleeping bag.
And according to the experts, Michael Jackson’s ‘natural’ body language – including spontaneous corrections and consistency of his behavior, vocal tone and word choice – are all reliable indicators that he is telling the truth. in refuting the child abuse allegations against him.
Michael Jackson’s body language “ breaks the scales in favor of telling the truth ” in refuting the child abuse allegations against him, behavior experts claim. Pictured, the sensational program that drew worldwide publicity after the star admitted sharing his bed with children
The lawyer, 70, claims Jackson told him that Mr. Bashir promised a positive image in the 2003 ITV documentary Living with Michael Jackson (pictured) – similar to Diana’s portrait in her interview with the journalist
Before his death in 2009, Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star in the world. From leading the Jackson 5 as an 8-year-old singing sensation to forging his own glittering solo career as the ‘King of Pop’, Jackson was behind some of the best-selling records in pop history, earning millions of fans around the world.
But offstage, Jackson’s private life was marred by dark rumors for over twenty years; On two separate occasions, Jackson faced allegations of child sexual abuse.
He has never been convicted, but opinions are divided to this day.
At one point in the 2003 documentary Living With Michael Jackson, while the singer is speaking, Gavin corrects him by telling Bashir that Jackson would sleep on blankets pulled off the bed, rather than on a sleeping bag.
As body language expert Cliff Lansley points out, both Gavin and the singer’s behavior point to the truth.
“So this is a spontaneous correction, which is a reliable indicator of telling the truth,” says Cliff. “ If someone spontaneously corrects the fact that Michael Jackson says’ I was in a sleeping bag, ‘and this young child said,’ No, no, you pulled the covers down and you slept on the blankets on the floor , “” is typical of the truth. ”
Cliff goes on to explain that the natural flow of the correction supports the validity of the claim, and that Gavin’s body language suggests that the correct boundaries were set.
“ The fact that that kid is making the correction is so natural and so easy to flow, there can be a lot of confidence that Michael Jackson was sleeping on the floor and this young boy on the bed, ” he says. “There is very little evidence that anything out of the ordinary has happened between these two.”
Body language expert Cliff Lansley (pictured) says: ‘the scales are tilting well in favor of Michael Jackson telling the truth about not mistreating the kids’
Michael Jackson performs at Wembley Stadium, London, on his ‘Dangerous’ World Tour, July 30, 1992
When Bashir insists even more, Jackson continues to refuse any suggestion that sharing his bed with children is inappropriate, claiming it is a pure and completely innocent act.
Again, Cliff identifies consistencies in the pop star’s behavior that hint at telling the truth.
“The consistency of his behavior, his vocal tone, the choice of words, there is no hesitation, there are no gestures to contradict this, suggest that he is telling the truth,” he says. It just feels natural, and there are no red flags to the claims.
“If he was trying to hide something, and if he did something nasty and insulting to those kids, would he really go that far with this openness and honesty?”
As Cliff continues, his behavior in analyzing only Jackson’s body language supports the words he says when he denies any wrongdoing.
“On balance, taking behavior alone – this is not a courtroom, this is a behavioral analysis – the scales are tipping well in Michael Jackson’s favor, telling the truth about not abusing the children,” he says.
However, clues in Jackson’s speech may suggest otherwise. When asked about the sleeping arrangements, Jackson declines Bashir, claiming that “yes, of course” is the right thing to do.
Michael Jackson previously revealed to Bashir that not only did he invite underprivileged children to his ranch, but he also let them sleep in his bed while he slept on the floor in a sleeping bag. Pictured, in 2005
As linguistics professor Dawn Archer points out, the racy delivery of Jackson’s response suggests that he is trying to normalize his own behavior, whether he really believes it’s appropriate or not.
“To me, that points to his other reality paradigm,” she explains. At this point we get a wider pitch range from Michael Jackson. He extends the ‘yes’ and we get this melodic ‘natural’.
And it also slows down the speed. He makes it look like it’s completely natural. In fact, it is the most loving thing to do. ‘
Jackson’s body language is being analyzed as far back as the early 1990s, when the allegations against him first broke out.
During Jackson’s trial, new evidence came to light when prosecutor Jordy Chandler told police about the singer’s various characteristics, and a full body exam was allowed.
In a statement from Neverland, Jackson passionately refuted the allegations.
Cliff Lansley examines the images and notices the sharp inhalation that indicates genuine grief.
We hear a resignation at the end that gives us an indication of sadness in the form of inhalation. So breathe in three times of grief, ‘he explains. We even get movement in the forehead, and this is rare in Michael Jackson’s face for any reason, be it Botox or a straight face, the brows rarely move.
Linguistics professor Dawn Archer (pictured) says the racy delivery of Jackson’s response suggests he’s trying to normalize his own behavior, whether he really believes it’s appropriate or not.
But we see a flattening of the eyebrows, which is a reliable indicator of sadness. At the same time, we get that scratchy scaling in the voice. ‘
While there is evidence of grief in Jackson’s behavior, the reason behind it is up for debate.
The universal trigger for grief is loss. I think the loss of dignity on physical examination and the loss of a childhood is an important part of his growing life, ”says Cliff.
Rumors against Jackson continued even after his death in 2009. In the eyes of the law, Jackson died an innocent man, but new allegations surfaced in 2019 when James Safechuck and Wade Robson featured in the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland.
Speaking in a television interview, the couple revealed the “intense sexual abuse” they claimed were Jackson’s victims.
“They describe some very disturbing and vivid and elaborate things that happened between Michael and themselves,” says author Steve Knopper. “They basically accuse him of nursing them when they were kids.”
As forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes argues, the couple comes out convincingly.
“I think the general story these guys tell is actually very, very compelling,” she explains. ‘It’s very difficult for a heterosexual man in his thirties to come up and say,’ I was sexually assaulted by another man. ”
While innocent in the eyes of the law, the debate over Jackson’s alleged child abuse continues to this day.
Michael Jackson: A Faking It Special is now available to stream exclusively on Discovery +