Legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand responded Saturday to online criticism of her comments about two men who were allegedly molested as children by Michael Jackson.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London published online Friday, Streisand was asked about “Leaving Neverland,” the explosive HBO documentary in which choreographer Wade Robson, 36, and former child actor James Safechuck, 41, allege the singer gave them alcohol, showed them pornography and even purchased a wedding ring for Safechuck when they were young boys. The documentary, which Jackson’s estate has condemned, renewed public outrage toward the pop singer, who was acquitted in 2005 of all charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy.

Streisand told the Times she “absolutely” believed Robson and Safechuck.

“I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him,” she says of her complicated feelings on the situation. “Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

But her assessment of the long-term impact on both men, and Jackson’s behavior, has drawn considerable ire from the public.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she said of Jackson.

“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there,” she said. “They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Streisand said in a statement provided to The Post on Saturday that “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.”

“The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them,” she said.


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