Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary Added to Sundance Lineup

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 10, 2019

Michael Jackson speaks with photographers during a break in his testimony.

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.

Speaking to TMZ, representatives from the estate said the film was "another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson ... just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations". A documentary film about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

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

"Neverland" refers to the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif., where Jackson lived between 1988 and 2003.

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In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson tried to file a lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate that was eventually dismissed in 2017. "It's baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project".

Numerous accusations of sexual abuse of children have previously been made against Jackson. Jackson was acquitted by jurors of all 14 criminal counts against him in state court in 2005.

It was thrown out when the judge ruled that the men had "waited too long" to file legal action. The Jackson Estate made sure to remind those keeping up with the latest scandal that "both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them". 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.

Leaving Neverland was added to the Sundance roster on Wednesday.

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