Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard has defended the late singer against child molestation allegations.
As Jackson’s bodyguard, Fiddes watched over the singer for ten years. He had access to Jackson’s private living areas and says staff used to “sneak girls” into the Thriller artist’s room.
Fiddes also claimed that “this whole pedophile thing is complete nonsense” because Jackson was married and had girlfriends.
Fiddes, who is also a British martial arts expert, told Metro.co.uk: “This whole pedophile thing is complete nonsense.”
“The guy had girlfriends and had a legitimate marriage to Lisa Marie [Presley], that was the way he lived his life. We were the people sneaking the girls into his room.”
Fiddes also said Jackson was rarely at his Neverland ranch, where most of the sexual allegations were said to have taken place.
Earlier this year, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claimed in HBO film Leaving Neverland that Michael Jackson sexually molested as kids.
Fiddes went to work for the Jackson after the singer became interested in his martial arts experience.
“They say there were boys around, that was not the case at all,” Fiddes said.
“He made Neverland how it was so he could have it for the Make A Wish foundation; something he could give back on.”
“We had a running joke he was never there. He had to be in Los Angeles to conduct business, it’s about four hours’ drive from the mountains and he hated the drive, so he was very rarely there.”
“He was there to make public appearances. He was much more comfortable at the Beverly Wiltshire in a suite.”
“If he was doing what he was doing to young kids he would never get any work done.”
“He was already recording, performing and rehearsing, for him to be messing around with young kids would be impossible because of the security that was in place. It’s impossible.”
Accusations of abuse were first made against Jackson in 1993.
13-year-old Jordan Chandler claimed that the Beat It singer abused him. The case was later settled out of court. Michael Jackson died from a drug overdose at the age of 50 in 2009.
Fiddes added: “We knew the guy, we knew him so well, he spent time with my children, he’s not the man he’s portrayed by James and Wade.”
“I felt after that [the documentary], for my own legacy, it was time to speak out.”