PETER Andre appeared in the shocking Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland as a young boy, The Sun Online can sensationally reveal.
The Mysterious Girl singer, now 46, is shown in a red bow-tie and hat at a 1987 dance competition in Australia to meet the late King of Pop, who is accused of being a serial paedophile.
Peter is shown on the right, wearing a pink shirt and a red bow-tie[/caption]
Our zoomed-in picture shows the Mysterious Girl singer at the 1987 event[/caption]
Peter tonight confirmed to The Sun that is was indeed him in the picture.
We can also reveal the star was “devastated” to come second in the contest, which was won by “abuse victim” Wade Robson.
He could even have won it if Wade – who was too young to enter – had followed the rules.
Wade, now 36, danced with Jackson on stage at his concert the following night, kicking off a friendship that led to years of stomach-churning sexual abuse.
The singer has often channelled the late King of Pop in his performances[/caption]
Peter performed at the 4,000th performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller[/caption]
A source has confirmed to The Sun Online that it was Peter in the dance competition in last night’s episode of the two-part documentary, which shocked viewers last night.
The insider explained: “Pete was devastated to lose out to Wade, but he has always supported Michael and loves his music – even though he didn’t win he became close with his family.
They added: “Pete is always asked what he thinks about it all.”
Nonetheless, Pete – who is currently on his 25th anniversary tour – has remained a staunch Jackson fan.
Peter said he was ‘very honoured’ to sing in Michael Jackson’s Thriller[/caption]
Pete last week stressed that Michael has been cleared of ‘all charges’ brought against him in 2005[/caption]
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Last week he defended Michael, stressing that the singer had been cleared of paedophilia charges.
He spoke about Leaving Neverland in his New! magazine column – without mentioning the dance competition that brought Wade into Jackson’s seemingly sinister world.
Pete wrote: “There’s a new Michael Jackson documentary on this week and it has caused a lot of controversy about sexual abuse.”
He added: “First and foremost what I will say is we have to rely on the justice system and we mustn’t forget that he was acquitted of not just one, but all child molestation charges during his trial in 2005.”
“You can’t just stop listening to an artist’s music due to accusations alone.”
Last year, Pete sung on stage in London’s West End in the 4,000th performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which he called “an absolute honour”.
Leaving Neverland, which continues on Channel 4 tonight, features the testimony of Wade and fellow accuser James Safechuck.
Wade Robson ,who claims he was just seven when first abused by Jacko, claims the singer kept an eerie full-sized replica of Peter Pan next to his bed and he was forced to bend over while Jacko masturbated behind him.
The accusations left many feeling queasy, with viewers tweeting: “I’m not sure I can carry on watching this. It’s making me feel sick.”
Telly watchdog Ofcom has received 31 complaints about the documentary’s first part.
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