Michael Jackson sexual abuse allegation documentary to be released soon

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 11, 2019

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in a 2005 trial, but the accusations have continued to plague his legacy.

Leaving Neverland, a documentary that accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing a pair of young boys, is set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. In separate but parallel stories that echo one another, two boys were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular and wondrous world.

The documentary, which is named after the late singer's infamous California ranch, Neverland, will be told in two parts and run for a total of 233 minutes.

Vince Finaldi, who represents Wade Robson and James Safechuck in lawsuits alleging Jackson molested them, said the suits were dismissed on technical grounds, not the credibility of the men's claims, and they are now under appeal. A probate court in 2015 rejected his claim against the estate itself, which left the two business entities as defendants.

However, a promotional image for "Leaving Neverland" on Reed's Amos Pictures website shows the King of Pop and Robson together.

Representatives for the Jackson estate issued a one-sentence statement in response to Wednesday's announcement: "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson". Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed 'master of deception, ' filed lawsuits against Michael's Estate, asking for millions of dollars.

The latest to share their opinion on the documentary is Ne-Yo who says the "Ignition" singer can not be compared to Michael Jackson since there's endless proof of Kelly's disgusting acts compared to MJ.

Some fans of Jackson took to Twitter to defend the singer and demand "Leaving Neverland" be banned from the Sundance lineup using the hashtag #JusticeForMJ.

"This so -called "documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations", the statement continues.

"Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them", the statement said, adding that both had filed lawsuits that have been dismissed. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project". The entertainer died in June 2009.

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