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Diana and Michael were close friends for decades (Picture: WireImage)

Diana Ross has become the latest celebrity to defend Michael Jackson over the sex abuse allegations, describing the late Thriller singer as a magnificent force.

In a tweet on Saturday, the Motown legend threw her weight behind Jackson, who is accused of grooming and sexually abusing Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were young children.

Speaking out in defence of Jackson, Diana told her Twitter followers: This is whats on my heart this morning.

I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.

She added: STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE, in reference to her 1965 hit with The Supremes.

Hours after her controversial tweet, Diana then shared a link to Stevie Wonders song, Loves In Need Of Love Today, likely to support the message in her earlier post.

This is whats on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019

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Diana, 74, had a close friendship with Jackson in their Motown days when he was a member of The Jackson 5.

The musicians starred in 1978s The Wiz together while Diana personally inducted The Jackson 5 into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.

Its also said that Diana was named as a backup guardian for Jacksons three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris and Prince, in case their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, was unable to care for them.

Dianas support for Jackson comes after Barbra Streisand caused a stir for appearing to sympathise with Jackson.

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Speaking to The Times, Barbra said: His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.

You can say “molested”, but those children, as you heard say [Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them.

However, she later apologised for her comments and said Robson and Safechuck were victimised.

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