The world has been rocked by the first of a two-part documentary about Michael Jackson, called Leaving Neverland – and people can’t decide where they stand on the issue.
The first part of the controversial docuseries addresses allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, made principally by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who describe in graphic and disturbing detail the acts they claim the musician committed against them.
Leaving Neverland delves into the allegations extensively, looking at accusations made against him as well as testimony from Robson, Safechuck and their families.
The accusations of abuse followed the late pop star around for 15 years before he died, and much of it remains cloaked in mystery. Jackson’s family and his estate have condemned the documentary and called Safechuck and Robson "opportunists" and "liars".
They have launched a lawsuit against HBO, and the Jackson estate called the piece a “one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself”.
Some of the most shocking claims to come out of the documentary include allegations that Jackson groomed both the children and their families, that he had them practise “drills” if someone walked in on them and that Jackson would reward Safechuck with jewellery and other things for sexual acts.
Michael Jackson played a vital part in may people’s childhoods, and such allegations against him have been, for many of his fans, devastating.
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Rose McGowan, who has been championing the #MeToo movement, said the 'survivors are brave,' after Wade and Safechuck’s appeared on Oprah to talk about the documentary.
“The survivors are brave. .@Oprah is brave. The documentarians are brave. This is what brave is folks, standing against the grain, going against the norm, rocking the boat because sometimes it needs to be rocked,” she wrote.
It is hard to hear truth, but that’s what growing pains are. #Brave
The survivors are brave. .@Oprah is brave. The documentarians are brave. This is what brave is folks, standing agai… https://t.co/uCOyl1vIf9