Michael Jackson's former bodyguard has revealed the truth behind the late stars' "secret child room" that was discussed in the harrowing 2019 documentary that outlined the supposed abuse children experienced at the hands of the pop star.
Bodyguard Matt Fiddes, who worked for Jackson for over a decade, has exposed the truth surrounding the secret room.
The King of Pop was brought back into the limelight after the airing of the controversial TV documentary, Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me in 2019.
The film featured 2 of the singer's child companions, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who made shocking claims that they were sexually abused by the singer when they were young.
Jackson was taken on trial for child molestation claims in 2005 but was found not guilty before passing away in 2009 at the age of fifty. Many of his fans were outraged by the claims and his family vehemently denied them.
Speaking on podcast The Scott McGlynn show last year, Fiddes, who is now an entrepreneur and celebrity personal trainer, discussed the allegations that Michael built a secret child room at his home.
He told host Scott McGlynn: "They [critics] try and tell you that he built a secret child room but that was there when he bought the house, it was actually a panic room. The guy was a multi-billionaire and it was completely normal to have a panic room... you would push a door and he had stuff in there to keep him entertained for a few days until a problem was solved.
"Many times people used to parachute in and alarms would go off and Neverland staff used to tell him to go into the room. So it was not a secret room, it is the most ridiculous stuff that people make up. It's a shame his reputation has been tarnished by these crazy allegations."
Fiddes also shed some thoughts on Leaving Neverland, where he denounced the claims set towards the late pop singer. The bodyguard said: "The timing was very obvious. The thing that they missed out of the documentary is that they are suing MJ for hundreds of millions of dollars.
"Had they put that in the documentary, I think people would have turned the channel over or taken a different view on it," he added. "It is quite an important part. Tried to sue him, failed, then appealed, and they make this TV program! It should have been included in the program, definitely. And MJ wasn't here to defend himself, so I was fuming."
He then said: "And when things started to be proved to be untrue, as the program was dissected by Michael Jackson's estate, now the program is only about one and a half hours long, instead of the four hours it was. He had one thousand lawsuits in his life if I remember correctly.
"People were always out to get money, it was a daily occurrence. People would do anything to try and meet him. From what I saw, the parents were the problem, not the kids.
"The parents would say 'can't they have ten more minutes?'"
Though it has been over a decade since his death, the mystery surrounding Jackson's private life is still a much-discussed subject, with the divide between those who believe he was innocent and framed by bad press and though who believe his relationships with children were more sinister than they seemed.