Sheryl Crow recalls seeing 'really strange' things during her time as Michael Jackson's backing singer in the 1980s but refuses to watch Leaving Neverland documentary
Sheryl Crow has recalled seeing 'really strange' things during her years of working with Michael Jackson.
The country singer, 57, said that while she did not wish to see the documentary Leaving Neverland, which contains multiple allegations of Michael's sexual abuse of children, she had 'lots of questions' about the star's behaviour.
Sheryl was propelled into the limelight as a backing singer during the pop star's 18-month global Bad tour in the 1980s before going on to star in his music video Dirty Diana.
Questions: Sheryl Crow has recalled seeing 'really strange' things during her years of working with the pop star Michael Jackson
Speaking to The Telegraph the singer said: 'I haven't seen the documentary and I don't want to see it.
'I was around for some things that I thought were really strange and I had a lot of questions about.'
During her time working with the Thriller hitmaker, Sheryl said she was completely 'starstruck' while singing next to the him in front of thousands of spectators.
She also described being flown out to countries she had never visited during the 18 months she spent with the singer.
Duet: The country singer (pictured with Michael in 1988) starred in the pop star's Dirty Diana music video and worked as his backing singer during the global Bad tour
Close friend: The country singer, 57, said she had 'lots of questions' about Michael Jackson's conduct during the time she spent working with him
She added: 'It was a crazy experience. I mean, he the biggest star of a generation and I got to sing a duet [I Just Can't Stop Loving You] with him every night for 18 months.'
Following Michael's death in 2009, Sheryl told presenter Anderson Cooper on CNN: 'For a moment there, I kind hoped that he’d staged his own getaway.
'He’s got a lot of gigs coming up and the pressure of that, and I thought maybe he’d just staged a getaway. And when the news really started trickling in…it’s just, it’s makes my heart sick.'
Sheryl went on to describe the mounting pressure the singer had been under over the years before his planned This Is It tour at London’s O2 Arena.
She added: 'I think he felt pressure in every way. He had been under real scrutiny for the last 10 to 15 years. He’d been in real financial trouble. This was sort of a comeback for him. And that’s got to be an immense amount of pressure.'
On stageL Sheryl was propelled into the limelight during her time working with Jackson
This Is It: Michael was pronounced dead on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50 following a cardiac arrest (pictured at O2 arena in 2009)
Michael was pronounced dead on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50 after paramedics were called to his Los Angeles home following a cardiac arrest.
A post mortem later revealed that the singer's cause of death as 'acute propofol intoxication'.
Earlier this year former child actors Wade Robson and James Safechuck accused the late singer of repeatedly molesting them during the time they spent with him at his Californian ranch in the 1990s.
Alleged rape: Earlier this year former child actors Wade Robson (left) and James Safechuck (right) accused the late singer of repeatedly molesting them
During the documentary Leaving Neverland Wade, now 36, told viewers he met Michael at the age of five after winning a dance competition in his home town of Brisbane.
He alleged that he was abused from the ages of seven to 14 while staying at the singer's 2,700-acre Neverland ranch in Santa Barabra County.
James, who is now 40, alleged he was abused for a number of years after meeting Michael in 1986 on the set of a Pepsi advert.
Following the documentary's airing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the Jackson estate strongly denied accusations that Michael Jackson molested children.
O2 arena: Following the documentary's airing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the Jackson estate strongly denied accusations that Michael Jackson molested children (pictured in 2009)