Michael Jackson estate denounces documentary about accusers

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Michael Jackson's estate is going on the offensive against the upcoming documentary, Leaving Neverland, which accuses Jackson of sexually abusing two boys.

The film tells the story of two men now in their 30s who had long-running relationships with Jackson at ages 7 and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame. Now in their 30s, they tell their story of allegedly being sexually abused by Jackson and how they have come to terms with that trauma.

Also set to have a world premiere at the fest is the Steve Bannon doc The Brink from director Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis.

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.

It seems as though the estate believes the allegations the film is focused on surround Wade Robson and James Safechuck, stating "both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them".

Michael was acquitted on molestation charges involving another minor during a criminal trial before his death in 2005. The estate continued on to say the, "so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations".

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

The official Sundance program offers more insight into the film's claims, which are made through "gut-wrenching" interviews.

The film is produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed. "Seduced by the singer's fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys' families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to", the synopsis continues. The suit was dismissed in 2017; according to Page Six, the judge found that the estate wasn't liable for Robson's exposure to Jackson, who died in 2009, but didn't rule on the abuse allegations themselves. "Both lawsuits were dismissed. It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project", the statement concluded.

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