Michael Jacksons life showed us the journey from abused to abuser | Hadley Freeman

The maltreatment he suffered was devastating but not sexual. Did that help fans believe in his harmless, lost boy persona?, says Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman Jimmy Savile. Harvey Weinstein. R Kelly. Kevin Spacey. We are not exactly short these days of celebrities accused of exploiting their fame to mask predatory behaviour. Yet the Michael Jackson case is different. And thats not just because he is, still, so passionately defended by some including, most recently, Barbra Streisand and whose father notoriously physically abused him, grew up to become himself the most notorious abuser in modern music. Joe Jackson, who finally died last year, was part of a not exactly proud tradition of nightmarish fathers of celebrity families. His one competitor to …

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …