Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Sundance Adds Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary to Lineup

Sundance Adds Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary to Lineup

According to Sundance's website, the synopsis for Leaving Neverland states, "As one of the world's most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people-a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol".

The singer's estate said: "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson".

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

The estate of Michael Jackson has denouncing a documentary about two of his sexual-abuse accusers that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, calling it 'just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations'.


Jackson died on 25 June 2009 aged 50 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol.

Leaving Neverland is named after the notorious ranch in Santa Barbara where Jackson lived from 1988 to 2003. "It's baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project".

The explosive lawsuit claimed Michael Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a 'sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation'.

It continues, "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". In 2005, a jury found Jackson not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo and related charges. The Jackson Estate made sure to remind those keeping up with the latest scandal that "both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them". The Sundance Institute announced the addition of "Leaving Neverland" and 'The Brink, ' a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.

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