A music video producer who worked closely with Michael Jackson has said that he believes ‘almost every word’ of the testimony given by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
Rudi Dolezal, who worked with Jackson for many years and produced TV shows and videos for the singer, talking to the New York Post’s Richard Johnson about the doc, said: “I believe almost every word. It’s brilliant work.”
Dolezal, who first began working for Jackson when he filmed the “Dangerous” tour in Munich in 1992, and went on to collaborate with the singer on multiple projects, said he understood why the men initially lied to cover up abuse by Jackson, saying: “Nobody would stop Michael. It’s hard to believe an icon is a con.”
Dolezal also said that Jackson’s deceased father, Joe, used cruel methods to train Michael.
“He put the 4-year-old on a hot stovetop barefoot,” Dolezal told Johnson. “The way he told it, he was not regretting it. I felt really sorry for Michael.”
Dolezal says that Jackson’s compulsive use of plastic surgery was a reaction to the fact he was starting to to look like his dad as he got older.
The operations took away so much cartilage that Jackson had to wear a prosthetic nose which “took hours to put on with putty and makeup,” he says. The procedure was so time consuming that Jackson would only put on the nose on days when he was performing.