Published: Thu, January 10, 2019

Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

Michael Jackson Documentary About Sexual Abuse Added to Sundance Lineup

The Sundance Film Festival will host the premiere of Leaving Neverland, a two-part, 233 minute documentary following two unidentified men who accuse Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them in the 1990s at the ages of 7 and 10.

Now in their 30s, they allege they were sexually abused by the late singer.

Jackson died on 25 June 2009 aged 50 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol.

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

Filmmakers claim the movie will 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 estate continued on to say the, "so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations". In 2005, a jury found Jackson not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo and related charges.

Robson testified under oath that he was never abused at the trial and Safechuck had also previously denied that he was ever abused by Michael, right up until joining Robson's suit in 2014. "It's baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project". Both cases were dismissed for being filed too long after the alleged incidents.

The names of the accusers in the documentary were not released. The Sundance Institute announced the addition of "Leaving Neverland" and 'The Brink, ' a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.

Leaving Neverland will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month and includes interviews with two alleged victims of Jackson.

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