Michael Jackson's estate slams HBO documentary alleging sexual abuse

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Directed and produced by Dan Reed, the four-hour film, titled, "Leaving Neverland", will explore Jackson's alleged long-standing relationship two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families at the peak of his career.

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An attorney representing two Michael Jackson accusers who appear in an upcoming documentary says their sexual-abuse allegations have not been discredited as the Jackson estate says, and deserve to be heard. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed 'master of deception, ' filed lawsuits against Michael's Estate, asking for millions of dollars.

He claimed the abuse continued for seven years and ended only when he "began showing signs of puberty" and Jackson was "no longer as interested in him sexually".

"Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, "Leaving Neverland" crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents". Both men filed lawsuits against the Jackson estate alleging sexual misconduct after the singer's death and both cases were dismissed. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project", the statement said.

Police raided the ranch in 2003 while investigating allegations Jackson had molested a 13-year-old boy.

With the backlash R. Kelly received as a result of the docuseries spelling out his sexually exploitative and abusive ways, it will be interesting to see the reception of this film and the reaction to the two men's stories. "There as no undeniable proof that Michael Jackson did any of that stuff, actually a lot of the people that came forward and said that he the did that stuff, came forward after he died and said it didn't really happen".

An ABC News spokesperson told PEOPLE at the time, "We have not yet had an opportunity to review the complaint". In a statement to ET, the estate called the special "another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael's legacy, intellectual property rights or his children".

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