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Sundance Film Festival screens controversial Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’

The documentary is about allegations of child sexual abuse made against the late Michael Jackson.


The Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ had its world premiere on Friday, 25th January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The four-hour documentary, is about allegations of child sexual abuse made against the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, that he was a molester and a pedophile. The documentary will air on HBO and Channel 4 in the UK.

Dan Reed’s film features two accusers, Wade Robson, and James Safechuck, both in their late 30s, describe intense and graphic acts they say Jackson committed against them. The film suggests that they were far from the only victims.

Robson met Jackson through a dance competition at age 5 and alleges the sexual abuse began when he was 7. Safechuck was cast in a Pepsi commercial starring Jackson around age 8, and the alleged abuse began after months of close friendship.

Michael Jackson estate has issued a statement on the documentary, which says:
“Leaving Neverland” isn’t a documentary, it is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death. The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact. These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by these two admitted liars which were ultimately dismissed by a judge. The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations, which means the entire film hinges solely on the word of two perjurers.

Controversy surrounds the documentary as both Robson and Safechuck testified, during Jackson’s first criminal trial for child sexual abuse, that he was innocent. And that he had never done a thing to them that was inappropriate.

The screening has withdrawn emotional responses. Many of the critics did not get into the specifics of the film, though there were a few details revealed on Twitter.

Though Jackson family did not try to stop the screening in any way, but the King of Pop’s nephew did urge his Twitter followers to boycott Sundance sponsors.


the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

1 Comment

  • He was acquitted in court. None f the allegations from other boys were proven. And Wade & Co. Actually gave supportive statements in favour of MJ back then.

    But sure wait 10 years when the man is dead and can’t defend himself against you absolute monsters and leeches to accuse him and change your story in the process. What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’. Accusations are not facts until proven.

    First you killed him and now youwant to kill his legacy. You’re pulling his music and suddenly everybody is a judge. Gimme a break. These men had plenty of time and opportunity to do this while he was alive. They didn’t. Stories have been changed repeatedly. So many vested interests and hidden agendas. W I T C H H U N T.

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