‘Leaving Neverland’ Gets Standing Ovation At Sundance, Michael Jackson’s Estate Denies Allegations

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “Leaving Neverland”, the now controversial documentary detailing the abuse allegedly committed by the late Michael Jackson against young children, is causing buzz among those who’ve seen it and is stirring public outcry from the singer’s alleged victims and accusers.

The four-hour documentary, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, centers on the testimonies of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, both of whom claim that they spent years being manipulated and abused by Jackson.

The film received a standing ovation at Sundance, sending shockwaves to the audience. In an emotional Q&A after the screening, director Dan Reed discussed how he got Safechuck and Robson to participate in the film.

“I don’t feel that like there is anything I need to say to them except that I understand that it is really hard or them to believe,” Robson said, when asked what he would tell fans who doubt the veracity of their claims in the documentary, Deadline reported.

Robson added that he hopes the film will help survivors of abuse “feel less isolated” and to raise awareness to prevent similar abuses from happening to children.

Prior to the release of “Leaving Neverland”, Jackson’s estate released a statement denying the allegations.

The statement also noted that the claims made by Robson and Safechuck were the basis of lawsuits filed by them against the singer and which were ultimately dismissed by a judge, the Los Angeles Times reported.

On Sunday, the singer’s nephew, Taj Jackson, also slammed the documentary as being a “one side hit job” against his uncle and their family. In a Twitter post, he also claimed that those involved in the film are just after the money and are in desperate “need to be relevant again.”

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