will.i.am says the allegations made against Michael Jackson are part of a "racist smear campaign".
The 'Scream and Shout' hitmaker has branded the claims made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', where they claim that Michael sexually abused both of them after befriending them when they were children, as part of a "smear campaign" against the singer.
He said: "I don't know what to trust or who to believe. Who is behind it or what? Obviously it's money. All I know is it's a smear campaign. If he did it, then it's sad and inhumane. But if he didn't, then what is happening is sad and inhumane."
will.i.am worked with Michael before his passing and praised him for being a "genuine and big-hearted person".
He added: "The Michael Jackson I loved I will always love. The person I met was the kindest and most genuine and big-hearted person, who wouldn't hurt a fly."