Sundance adds documentary about Michael Jackson accusers

Lawrence Kim
January 10, 2019

The Sundance Film Festival has announced that Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary about sexual abuse claims surrounding Michael Jackson, will be added to this year's lineup.

The Sundance Institute announced the addition of "Leaving Neverland" to its festival lineup along with "The Brink", a documentary about former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

It continues, "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".

"Leaving Neverland" alleges that global superstar Michael Jackson began relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, along with their families. The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Jan 24 and runs through February 4. Jackson was acquitted by jurors of all 14 criminal counts against him in state court in 2005. According to TMZ, the Jackson Estate is less than thrilled with the creation and promotion of this new documentary. A representative for Reed did not immediately reply to an after-hours email seeking comment. Although the names of the alleged victims have yet to be released, the estate believes the documentary will highlight Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The property was raided by law enforcement in 2003 in connection with molestation accusations against Jackson by a 13-year-old boy.

The filmmaker behind Leaving Neverland is Dan Reed, known for helming previous TV documentaries Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Attacks, The Paedophile Hunter, and The Ground Zero Mosque.

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