Following his arrest a week ago Friday, Survivor Philippines runner-up Michael Skupin has responded to the 12 felony charges against him, including possession of child pornography, by comparing himself to Jesus. He says he “will fight this with all that I am” and says he’s among those who “have been wrongfully accused.”
He gave the statement to People magazine, and linked to it on Facebook but added:
“I thank God for my family and my girlfriend and I thank God for those who will stand by my side …”
Most of the 78 comments are people who are standing by his side, being supportive and/or declaring his innocence, though some just offered the word “prayers.”
Here’s his full statement:
“I’m not even sure what to say. I’m more shocked by this than anyone.
Sadly, our media doesn’t subscribe to ‘innocent until proven.’ I truly am prayerfully optimistic in our justice system and will fight this with all that I am. Thank you to those who continue to believe in me. I am the guy that you think that I am.
There are scores of people that have been wrongfully accused at some point in their life – including our Savior. I’m leaning on Him in faith to walk beside me through this darkness and staying strong for all of those people.
Thank you for all of your messages of love and support. You have no idea what they have meant to me and my family.
My whole life has been kids: my kids, my family and anyone who ever needed help in any way. I’ve traveled the globe working with millions of kids both one-on-one, at schools, camps and assemblies. I’ve coached over 60 seasons of youth sports. I have never, ever hurt a child in any way—not as alleged and not ever.
I’m trusting in justice, trusting in our God and continuing to love everyone as God has instructed us. I have faith that despite this difficult time, there are brighter days ahead.
‘Whatsoever you do, to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.'”