Michael Jackson Could Possibly Be Getting The R. Kelly Treatment In New Documentary
When it comes to sexual assault and exploitation, the women speaking out against R. Kelly will now be joined by others who allege that an A-list celebrity used fame to take advantage of them. Vanity Fair reports that two men in their 30’s appear in a documentary that claims pop music legend Michael Jackson sexually abused children during his career as a performer.
Leaving Neverland is a film set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Festival on January 25. The film follows the men who allege they “befriended” the “King of Pop” as 7 and 10-year-old children. The men allege they were involved in “long-running relationships” with Jackson and were “sexually abused” and “manipulated” by the star who passed away in summer of 2009.
BAFTA winner Dan Reed is behind the film which is described to “[craft] a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents.”
The two men who appear in the documentary haven’t been specifically identified, but in a statement, Jackson’s estate stressed that Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have made statements in the past “testified under oath” that the singer had never engaged in inappropriate behavior with them:
“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
“Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed ‘master of deception,’ filed lawsuits against Michael’s Estate, asking for millions of dollars. Both lawsuits were dismissed.”
The estate went on to refer to the film saying it’s merely a “so called ‘documentary’” and “just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.”
Robson and Safechuck have made no official statement revealing if they are the men featured in the documentary.
The name of the film refers to Jackson’s famed California estate where the pop star lived from 1988 to 2003. In his last year there, a 13-year-old accused the “Remember The Time” singer of molestation which led to a police raid of the property. Jackson was acquitted on all counts against him after a trial in 2005.
Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the film sharing his opinion that this is just the latest attempt to exploit his uncle’s legacy for fame and financial gain:
He goes on to say that he would like to fund a documentary about the effort that went behind bringing his uncle down repeatedly over the years by both media and disgruntled fans:
Finding Neverland is a four-hour long, two-part documentary that is set to air on HBO in spring after it’s Sundance debut later this month.