5 Things to know about the controversial Michael Jackson documentary: Leaving Neverland


The king of pop, Michael Jackson has once again reached the headlines on account of British filmmaker Dan Reed's controversial documentary, Leaving Neverland. As we all know, Pop singer-songwriter Jackson was immensely popular during the 80s and 90s.

King of Pop, MJ has once-again made it to the headlines on account of controversial documentary, 'Leaving Neverland'

Regarded as the greatest entertainers of all times, Jackson's life was surrounded with controversies and unsolved mysteries. The above mentioned documentary revolves around MJ's mysterious sex-life and rumors surrounding it.

Yes, you guessed it right! In order to be precise, Leaving Neverland is a documentary film that focuses on two men, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused by the pop star Michael as children. Are you shocked? Well, don't be shocked, just yet.

Here are 5 surprising facts about the controversial documentary, 'Leaving Neverland':

Sundance debut

The controversial documentary by British filmmaker Dan Reed was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019. It screened at Sundance in Park City, Utah, and will air on HBO in March. Leaving Neverland details alleged accusations of sexual abuse against the renowned singer.

Wade Robson

Wade Robson who has worked with Britney Spears as a choreographer is a pivotal character in the documentary. As per the documentary he met Jackson when he was 7. Robson has reported allegations like mutual masturbation, oral and anal sexual acts, alcohol, lavish gifts and pornography. Wade alleged that Jackson molested him for seven years

James Safechuck

James Safechuck is a computer programmer who appeared in commercials as a child actor. He met Jackson at the age of 10. Safechuck talks about a secret “wedding” he had with Jackson, and the ring he still has in his possession, saying Jackson gave him jewellery in exchange for sexual favors. Safechuck claimed that he and Jackson engaged in sexual acts “hundreds” of times

2005 molestation trial

As per a trial against Michael Jackson for the same, both men supported Jackson and denied that he had abused them. Also, there are no strong evidences or witnesses proving that the allegations on MJ are true.

Leaving Neverland's response

The documentary has received moving responses. Rolling Stone reported, “By the end of the screening, the crowd looked completely shellshocked. It was hard not to feel like a bombshell had been dropped.”

The Guardian reported that, “After the film ended, an ashen-faced crowd rose to their feet to applaud Wade and James, who arrived on stage, both visibly moved by the response.”

And hence, there is no denying about the fact that the controversial documentary is fine piece of art, regardless of its conclusion or authenticity.

On a related note, MJ's family completely begs to differ and claims that he was an honourable and kind man who can never do any such things.  “We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity. The creators of this film were not interested in the truth. They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families,” reads a statement from Jackson’s relatives.

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