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. At the height of his stardom, Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families. The documentary has extensive interviews with the adult men who have claimed Michael Jackson manipulated and abused them, enough to span a almost four-hour runtime comprised of two feature length episodes.
Michael Jackson's estate on Thursday condemned an upcoming documentary about alleged child sexual abuse by the late singer as another "outrageous and pathetic attempt" to cash in on his fame. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed 'master of deception, ' filed lawsuits against Michael's Estate, asking for millions of dollars. Both men filed lawsuits against the Jackson estate alleging sexual misconduct after the singer's death and both cases were dismissed.
"This so -called "documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations", the statement continues. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project", the statement said. Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy. However, the suit was dismissed in December 2017.
Robson first sued in 2013, claiming that Jackson abused him for almost a decade. A probate court in 2015 rejected his claim against the estate itself, which left the two business entities as defendants. "Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them". The property was raided by law enforcement in 2003 in connection with molestation accusations against Jackson by a 13-year-old boy.
"Neverland" refers to the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif., where Jackson lived between 1988 and 2003. 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. "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".