Michael Jackson estate calls sex abuse documentary 'outrageous and pathetic'

Article Image Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

A description of "Leaving Neverland" says it will tell the story of two men who are now in their 30s and began long-running relationships with Jackson at ages 7 and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame.

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 in 2018, but died in 2009 aged 50. Michael Jackson was famously accused of molesting young boys for years, and it all culminated in a trial that was highly publicized.

Leaving Neverland, a film from the perspective of two of his sexual abuse accusers, is being called 'outrageous and exploitative'.

"Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, "Leaving Neverland" crafts 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 synopsis reads. The film is directed by Dan Reed, who won a BAFTA award for his 2014 film "The Paedophile Hunters". Both cases were dismissed for being filed too long after the alleged incidents.

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They go on to claim that the documentary rehashes old, discredited allegations. Robson previously filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate in 2013, claiming the Thriller artist abused him in the late "80s. It's baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project".

MJ was found not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo, 13, at a jury trial in 2005.

Leaving Neverland was added to the Sundance roster on Wednesday.

The four-hour film will receive its world premiere at the Sundance film festival in Utah on 25 January, and will air on Channel 4 later this spring.

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