Leaving Neverland debuted on the Sundance Film Festival yesterday and obtained a standing ovation. Michael Jackson’s property addressed the movie critics described as shocking. An announcement launched on the identical day because the documentary accuses the manufacturing of specializing in false allegations towards the singer whereas dismissing favorable testimonies.
According to the estate, Leaving Neverland is “the form of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in demise.” The assertion qualifies the boys featured within the manufacturing, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as “two perjurers.” This declare refers to sworn statements the pair had beforehand given, stating that Michael had by no means abused them. They cleared his title whereas the King of Pop was nonetheless alive and have clearly recanted after his demise via this movie. In 2005, Robson testified for Jackson’s protection through the trial that concluded with the entertainer’s acquittal on molestation prices.
The assertion additionally slams the documentary for specializing in these two people and omitting those that have stood by Jackson in his protection through the years. “He handled youngsters with respect and did nothing hurtful to them,” they added. “The movie takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly occurred 20 years in the past and treats them as truth.”