Michael Jackson's Estate Denounces New Documentary's Abuse Allegations

  • Michael Jackson's Estate Denounces New Documentary's Abuse Allegations

Michael Jackson's Estate Denounces New Documentary's Abuse Allegations

"This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson", a representative for Jackson's estate said in a statement.

The Sundance Film Festival has added the world premiere of the documentary Leaving Neverland, which focuses on sexual abuse allegations against the late pop star Michael Jackson.

According to reports, the docuseries features interviews with two men, who are now in their 30s, who claim that Jackson sexually abused them in the 1990s when they were 7 and 10.

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".

The Jackson estate promptly denounced the "Leaving Neverland".

"Leaving Neverland" alleges that global superstar Michael Jackson began relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, along with their families.

They go on to claim that the documentary rehashes old, discredited allegations.

Produced by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed, the production centres on the late superstar's alleged victims, now in their 30s, who maintain they were molested by Jackson at the ages of seven and 10. Jackson was acquitted by jurors of all 14 criminal counts against him in state court in 2005.

In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson tried to file a lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate that was eventually dismissed in 2017.

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 in 2018, but died in 2009 aged 50.

Leaving Neverland has been added to the premiere schedule for the film festival later this month along with a film about President Trump called The Brink.