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Singer Barbra Streisand found herself at the center of controversy late Friday after making comments to a British newspaper about Michael Jackson's alleged victims.
Streisand said in an interview with The Times published Friday that allegations against Jackson were likely true, but placed blame on the parents of the singer's alleged victims.
"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," Streisand told The Times. "You can say 'molested,' but those children, as you heard...they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them."
"I feel bad for the children," she went on. "I feel bad for him. 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?"
Jackson is the subject of the recent HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," that details child-molestation allegations against the legendary pop star who died in 2009. The film has raised new scrutiny of Jackson's career and personal life, but has been disputed by members of Jackson's family.
Streisand's comments caused a furor on Twitter overnight Friday, as social media users questioned whether the singer was minimizing the accusations Jackson faced.
She clarified the comments on Saturday in a statement to The Washington Post, stating that she had nothing but "sympathy" for Jackson's alleged victims.
"To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone," she wrote, according to the Post.
She added that stories from his alleged victims "were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them."