Last night a new Michael Jackson documentary called “Leaving Neverland” premiered on HBO. The four-hour-long project that centers on “two men who recount their multiple experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson.”
James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were both young men and their families were befriended by Jackson at the height of his music career in the early 90’s.
The According to HBO and the Director –Promo of the story went like this:
Now in their 30s, they tell their story and how they came to terms with it years later..
We needed to establish, in the most graphic terms, what Michael Jackson was doing with little children’
Leaving Neverland Director Dan Reed:
At the height of his stardom Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10 and their families. According to witness accounts, Michael did spend much of his time entertaining those folks around the country
Sources say,-They always had the best accommodations without limitations, food, limousines, hotels and they were always well accounted for even staying in Michael’s home.
According to one anonymous source close to the family:
For someone who so often professed his loneliness, Michael Jackson spent a remarkable amount of time avoiding people. He wore disguises, broke off relationships, and changed telephone numbers, but still paparazzi, delusional women, and desperate men pursued him.
The saddest part, though, was that the people who Michael befriended took the greatest advantage of his generosity and kindness.
Wade Robson Micheal Jackson Benefactor
One such person is Wade Robson one of Michael’s accusers, who is widely known as being mentored by Michael. Wade has enjoyed a major career in the music industry is an Australian dancer and choreographer. He began performing as a dancer at the age of five.
Todate Wade has directed music videos and world tours for pop artists such as NSYNC and Britney Spears.
Robson was also the host and executive producer for The Wade Robson Project which aired on MTV in 2003. In 2007, he joined the Fox television dance series So You Think You Can Dance as a judge and choreographer.
The Previously recorded NBC Interview shows Wade’s allegations are questionable at best:
Previous Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Michael
In 1994, after a year-long investigation, Michael Jackson reached an out-of-court settlement with a 14-year-old boy who accused the star of sexual battery, fraud, negligence, seduction, willful misconduct and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In December 2003, Michael was charged with seven counts of child molesting and faced up to 20 years in prison. These charges did not involve Wade or James. After a highly public 14-week trial, Michael Jackson was acquitted in 2005.
Michael Jackson Estate and Family Reaction
The Jackson family has spoken out against the film, calling it “a public lynching.” The Jackson estate also released a formal statement referring to the movie as “a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself.”
In addition, The Michael Jackson Estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO on Feb. 21 over the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Jackson’s camp is arguing that HBO violated a non-disparagement clause from 1992.
In deference to the allegations the Estate of Michael Jackson remains steadfast after releasing a statement that read, in part:
“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson. … This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.
It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”
While fans have had a mixture of reactions, most seem in deference to the allegations place in the video.
They always seek to vilify the image of Black Men. Any Black Man who has power and can equate positive change is a threat, and you see it across all segments of our society.
Fred Barkley, Broadcast Journalist. Cleveland Oh
Whatever the outcome-we await of this recent muddle- the fans of Michael remain steadfast to their belief that Michael is innocent of these horrible charges.(glg)
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