Michael Jackson's estate slams sex abuse documentary

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

According to reports, there's an upcoming documentary called Leaving Neverland aimed at exposing Jackson's alleged relationships with kids.

Director Dan Reed, who is behind a documentary on the 2015 terror attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has defended his two-part documentary, named for Jackson's famed California ranch. "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". But the case was thrown out in 2017. His estate denied those claims. However, the website for Reed's Amos Pictures shows a photo with Jackson and Robson.

The documentary Leaving Neverland is an in-depth look at two men's stories about being sexually abused by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed 'master of deception, ' filed lawsuits against Michael's Estate, asking for millions of dollars. "This so-called 'documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

In May, Jackson's estate sued The Walt Disney Company and ABC for copyright infringement after they aired their prime time special The Last Days of Michael Jackson, which investigated Jackson's troubled life from his young rise to fame to his decline into addiction and debt in his later years.

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.

However, Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson has described the work as a defamation because Michael was cleared of all charges by a court.

"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.

Allegations of sexual abuse involving minors against the pop star first emerged in 1993, which came to hang over the musician's esteemed legacy until his death in June 2009. The property is valued at $67 million and is now for sale, according to Business Insider.

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