Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

The summary of the film, produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed, reads, "At the height of his stardom Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families". In 2013 and 2014, after Jackson's death in 2009, two further lawsuits were filed by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who each alleged that Jackson had abused them in the early 1990s when they were children.

The identities of Leaving Neverland " s accusers haven't been revealed, but as Rolling Stone points out, a photo that appears on the website for Amos Pictures (the company associated with the film's production) features Jackson with Wade Robson.

He settled for $23million when allegations were levied over claims he molested Jordan Chandler, 13, in 1994.

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Jackson's new accusers, both now in their 30s, in the documentary have so far not been named in promotional material.

Representatives for Jackson's estate have responded in a statement.

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On Thursday, many of Jackson's fans were speaking out against it.

Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in a 2005 trial. 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.

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They go on to claim that the documentary rehashes old, discredited allegations. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project". "Seduced by the singer's fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys' families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to", the synopsis continues.

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