“I used to be simply blown away,” Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed stated. “I knew we had one thing actually huge.” Reed had interviewed each imply over a couple of days and determined to succeed in out to their moms as properly. Both alleged victims, James Safechuck and Wade Robson have discovered the method to be optimistic.“It’s all we’ve needed for the previous six years to have the ability to discuss, talk,” Robson stated. It’s simply been lovely.” Safechuck agreed: “It was a very long time coming, simply connecting to somebody who has been via this. It’s wonderful.”
James Safechuck & Michael Jackson circa 1988 (Ron Galella/WireImage)
Though the movie has been described as “disturbing” by a few of its viewers, Leaving Neverland received a standing ovation throughout its Sundance premiere. Some skepticism was nonetheless expressed throughout the Q&A session that adopted the screening. An viewers member talked about how many Jackson followers merely don’t imagine the accusations, and requested each males to deal with them. “I don’t really feel like there’s something I have to say to them, besides that I perceive that it’s actually onerous to imagine,” Robson stated. “Because in a method, not that way back, I used to be in the identical place they have been. Even although it occurred to me, I nonetheless couldn’t imagine. I nonetheless couldn’t imagine that what Michael did to me was a nasty factor. We can solely settle for and perceive one thing once we’re prepared.”
He additionally stated he hoped the movie would assist survivors of sexual abuse really feel much less remoted. “We can’t change what occurred to us,” Robson assertion. “And we are able to’t do something about Michael.” Safechuck specified that they didn’t obtain any cost for his or her participation and weren’t searching for any private achieve something from the manufacturing.
Wade Robson circa 2005 (Mark J. Terrill-Pool/Getty Images)