Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Michael Jackson allegations and fight over them return with new film

Michael Jackson allegations and fight over them return with new film

Both men have tried to bring their accusations into the courtroom, but their cases were dismissed. 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. 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.

"This so called "documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations", the statement continues. His estate denied those claims.

Jackson lived at Neverland Ranch from 1988 to 2003 and outfitted it with a personal children's amusement park that included a zoo, artificial lake, and even carinval rides where he could "stay a kid forever".

"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.

Jackson in 2005 was acquitted of criminal molestation charges, which did not involve Robson or Safechuck.

Safechuck claimed in court papers that after multiple visits to Jackson's home (some of which were chaperoned by his parents) and several all-expense-paid cross-country trips, he joined Jackson on his Bad tour, which is when he alleged the first incident of sexual abuse occurred. "Leaving Neverland" follows closely on the heels of the explosive docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly", which rocked the entertainment world this month with its allegations of sustained sexual abuse of women and girls by R. Kelly, leading to a widespread boycott of the R&B singer's music.

"If there's anything we've learned during this time in our history, it's that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors' voices need to be listened to", director Dan Reed said in a statement.

Then in 2013 Robson filed a lawsuit that said stress and trauma had forced him to face the truth that he was sexually abused by Jackson, who died in 2009. "The ABC News' documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estate's rights".

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