The household of Michael Jackson have slammed the new documentary Leaving Neverland, calling it ‘a public lynching’.
The movie, made by British BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed, pivots on interviews with two males, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they had been the topics of sustained sexual abuse by Jackson after they had been youngsters.
Wade alleges he was sexually abused by the late King of Pop from the age of seven till 14, whereas Safechuck – who beforehand testified on Jackson’s behalf when he was accused of sexual abuse in 1993 – claims he was a sufferer from the age of 10 till he hit puberty.
Nonetheless Jackson’s household have slammed the claims, releasing a livid assertion.
“Individuals have at all times beloved to go after Michael. He was a simple goal as a result of he was distinctive,” it reads.
“However Michael was subjected to a radical investigation which included a shock raid of Neverland and different properties in addition to a jury trial the place Michael was discovered to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT.
“There has by no means been one piece of proof of something. But the media is raring to consider these lies.
“We are able to’t simply stand by whereas this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who by no means met Michael go after him.
“Michael will not be right here to defend himself, in any other case these allegations wouldn’t have been made.”
The four-hour movie debuted on Friday on the Sundance Movie Pageant, with experiences that most of the viewers had been left ‘shell-shocked’ by the footage.
The competition’s director John Cooper suggested the viewers previous to the screening that psychological well being professionals had been available for anybody distressed by the content material of the movie, components of that are mentioned to be agonisingly specific.
Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson has additionally slated the allegations, tweeting:
My household and I’ve identified Wade and his household since he got here to America. Don’t inform me a four hour one sided hit job that you simply watched is extra respected than individuals who truly knew him and noticed his interactions. That is all about cash and the determined should be related once more.
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 26, 2019
Nonetheless, in a Q&A session after the screening, Robson and Safechuck maintained that they haven’t been paid for his or her participation.
Director, Dan Reed, defended the movie when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter insisting the movie isn’t about Jackson.
“I believe in case you watch it you’ll have seen that it’s a narrative about these two households, and Jackson is a component of that story.
“However I don’t search to characterize him in any respect… The movie itself is an account of sexual abuse, how sexual abuse occurs after which how the implications play out later in life.”
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