New Docu-Series About Michael Jackson's Alleged Sexual Abuse Of Boys Leaves Critics Stunned
'Leaving Neverland' -- a docu-series on Michael Jackson's alleged abuse victims -- just made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, and it has people shocked.
Just before the screening, Sundance Film Festival Director, John Cooper announced that there would be health care professionals waiting to offer any support needed to anyone who becomes distressed from the 'explicit descriptions of sexual abuse'.
Dan Reed's Leaving Neverland tells the story from the point of view of two of Jackson's accusers, Australian Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who describe their time with Jackson from the time they met him at ages five and eight.
Wade Robson moved to the US when he was nine, and appeared in three of Jackson's music videos including hits Black or White and Heal The World.
Robson had previously sued Jackson's estate for his alleged abuse over several years, beginning when he was a seven-year-old boy. The judge ruled against Robson in the 2013 case.
10 daily has chosen not to print the graphic and detailed descriptions of abuse that are in the docu-series but you can read about them here.
There was a strong a campaign by Jackson's family in a bid to stop the film from being released.
It will air on HBO much to the anger of Jackson's extended family. Jackson's Nephew Taj, himself a sexual abuse survivor, 'grew up 'extremely close to my uncle' has mounted an online campaign against the docu-series and started a GoFund me page to raise $777,000 to make a film in support of his uncle's innocence.
"My uncle’s last words to me were… 'After this, we’re doing films' never did I think that a decade later necessity would require me to direct a film about his proven innocence" his GoFund me page reads.
Leaving Neverland is set to be released in the United States on HBO in the coming months.