HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary details allegations against Michael Jackson

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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Leaving Neverland, a two-part, four-hour-long Michael Jackson documentary, was unveiled last month at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, directed by Dan Reed, explores allegations of sexual child abuse against Jackson.

The documentary, which will be shown on HBO, focuses on two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who claim Jackson – a pop music superstar who died in 2009 – sexually abused them decades ago. The documentary follows their personal lives and allegations.

“The four-hour film … details claims from Robson, a choreographer who says Jackson began abusing him when he was 7, and Safechuck, a former child actor who says Jackson began molesting him when he was 10,” the Washington Post reported.

Jermaine Jackson disputed the claims against his brother in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

“We lost a lot, just leave us alone, leave him alone, let him rest,” Jermaine Jackson said. “Please, let him rest. He deserves to rest.”

He followed that up by saying he is “1,000 percent sure” of his brother’s innocence.

In 1993, Michael Jackson was accused of molesting another boy, Jordan Chandler. Jackson was investigated, but never indicted, and reached a $22 million financial settlement with the Chandler family in 1994, the Los Angeles Times reported.

HBO has yet to set a premiere date for Leaving Neverland.

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