An upcoming Michael Jackson documentary will feature interviews with alleged abuse victims

10 January, 2019, 18:45 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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The film in question is titled Leaving Neverland, after Jackson's famed estate, and will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month after being added in the festival's "special events category".

It features two men who claim they were aged seven and 10 when they were allegedly abused in a "long-running" relationship with King of Pop.

"Leaving Neverland" alleges that global superstar Michael Jackson began relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, along with their families.

Now in their 30s, they allege they were sexually abused by the musician.

The film is produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed.

Robson testified under oath that he was never abused at the trial and Safechuck had also previously denied that he was ever abused by Michael, right up until joining Robson's suit in 2014. Jackson was acquitted of all charges.

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According to Sundance's website, the synopsis for Leaving Neverland states, "As one of the world's most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people-a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol".

Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol.

They go on to claim that the documentary rehashes old, discredited allegations.

Leaving Neverland is named after the notorious ranch in Santa Barbara where Jackson lived from 1988 to 2003.

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 24 and runs through February 3. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project", the statement concluded.

Representatives for Jackson's estate have responded in a statement. Although the names of the alleged victims have yet to be released, the estate believes the documentary will highlight Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

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