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The Liza Minnelli Oscars controversy just took a weird turn with accusations of “sabotage”

Liza Minnelli had everyone very concerned when she took the stage with Lady Gaga to present the Best Picture award at the 94th annual Academy Awards last month. Now, Minnelli’s longtime friend Michael Feinstein says his BFF was “sabotaged” by being “forced” to use a wheelchair against her wishes.

Speaking to Sirius XM’s “Jess Cagle Show”, Feinstein, who was backstage with Minnelli at the ceremony, said she “only agreed to appear on the Oscars if she would be in the director’s chair, ’cause she’s been having back trouble.”

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He claimed Minnelli said she wanted to “look good” and didn’t want people to “worry” about her health, but everything went awry backstage after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and a stage manager told her she had to use a wheelchair instead.

“I guess they were all shaken up because of everything that had happened earlier,” Feinstein alleged.

Upon being told she would have to use a wheelchair, Feinstein claims Minnelli turned to him and said, “No, I will not be seen in a wheelchair in front of everybody. I will not do this. I refuse to do this.”

Eventually, however, she decided to proceed with presenting the award, though she was “so shaken that she was discombobulated.”

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“She was nervous,” Feinstein claimed. “I mean, and it made her look like she was out of it. And she was just so shaken up that it was. Can you imagine being suddenly forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t wanna be seen? That’s what happened to her.”

Feinstein added Minnelli was “very disappointed” by how everything went but that she is “really doing well” now, although “it’s a shame that it turned out that way.”